SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

January 24, 2008 08:00 ET

FIT Builds Premium Service Based on Riverbed's WDS Solutions

Riverbed Selected for Market-Leading Simplicity, Ease-of-Use and Management and Ability to Accelerate Application Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that Freudenberg IT (FIT), an international full-service IT service provider with locations in Europe, the USA, and Asia, is offering a premium service based on Riverbed's Steelhead® WDS products. The new service provided by FIT delivers to medium-sized businesses across the globe a variety of benefits, including dramatic improvements in application performance for their field offices -- including remote sites and mobile workers -- improved collaboration between distributed employees, reduced costs, and control over IT infrastructure. In addition, FIT is better able to manage its customer SLAs, improve customer satisfaction, and broaden its portfolio of service offerings.

The Freudenberg Group ( is comprised of 14 business groups operating independently in various markets all over the world with 33,000 employees in 54 countries and a revenue base of 5 Billion Euros. FIT is a part of the Freudenberg Group with about 400 employees and revenue of more than 50 Million Euros. FIT provides IT services to medium-sized businesses, specializing in automotive supply, discrete manufacturing, logistics providers, the roll-based products and technical trades. As an international full-service IT service provider, FIT also implements, optimizes, and operates IT systems in SAP environments.

FIT's most critical IT requirement is enabling its client community to make full use of its product offerings. Issues such as poor application performance over the wide area network (WAN), complicated data management and bandwidth congestion are all barriers that FIT faces as it works to deliver to its customers business-enabling services. FIT turned to WDS vendors in an effort to overcome these issues.

"We were looking for a product that could overcome all the key factors that decelerate application performance over the WAN: high latency, limited bandwidth, 'busy' transport protocols, and even 'busier' applications," said Mr. Heiko Ruschen, infrastructure consultant with FIT. "Initially, we tested Cisco, Ipanema, and F5. Careful research showed that for FIT's purpose, all of these alternatives had disadvantages compared to Riverbed's solution. We then tested Riverbed® extensively and found that it integrated well in our environment and exceeded our expectations in terms of both bandwidth efficiency and performance improvements."

FIT also found Riverbed's customer support and ease-of-use and management of particular value when rolling out a managed premium service.

"Aside from greatly improved application performance, simplicity and ease-of-use were the key reasons that FIT chose Riverbed," continued Ruschen. "The product was incredibly simple to install. The central management console (CMC) simplifies the process of deploying, configuring and managing Steelhead appliances -- all through one Web-based interface."

With the roll-out of the new WDS service, FIT is able to offer to its customers a complete solution that reduces WAN traffic, ensures high application performance, enables successful site consolidation projects and ensures effective data protection. In addition, Riverbed simplified FIT's IT administration and data management requirements, and FIT now finds it easier to control and report SLAs. With centralized infrastructure, FIT can offer even more services as a hosting provider. This is the key to FIT's strategy.

"Steelhead appliances are excellent," said Ruschen. "They offer simple, effective solutions to highly complicated problems. We started using the appliances as a solution to our clients' problems, but they added such value that we were able to develop a premium service. WDS is the ideal value-added service for our business and Riverbed is truly the pioneer in the field."

Steelhead Products

Riverbed's WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo:

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 25, 2007. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at

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