There has been swirl of information recently in the circles I run in about the concern for those of us that use Riverbed  devices for WAN acceleration. The firm I am with has heavily invested in Riverbeds. We use them in all of our offices. Many other firms use them also. Many are looking at purchasing the devices.
So the news that has come out about Autodesk adding compression technology to the 2007 DWG format comes with some hesitant concern. This is because the Riverbed devices have difficulty working with the new format.
Riverbed uses several methods of acceleration to increase virtual throughput of files.
From their website: “With our award-winning data reduction, WAN optimization, and application-level latency optimizations, along with remote office file and management functionality, Riverbed provides a comprehensive solution for enterprises looking to simplify IT, consolidate infrastructure, and accelerate their applications. In addition to offering the best performing solution available, Riverbed delivers the single solution that scales across the broadest range of applications and network topologies.”
This was all working great – but along came 2007 DWG.
Neither Riverbed nor Autodesk is to blame for this issue. They each have their development wings that work to increase the functionality of their platforms. What is a concern is that they did not work together on this issue – until now.
For those that are not using Riverbeds, the file compression is most likely a good thing. It would mean that Autodesk has actually helped make the files smaller. Which is a good thing.
Here are a few links that have some additional info on the problem and workaround.
Riverbed customers cry foul over AutoCAD incompatibility  – (skip the ads)