SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

January 23, 2008 08:00 ET

Nelson/Nygaard Accelerates Highly Mobile Workforce With Riverbed

Deploys Market-Leading Remote Office and Mobile Client WDS Solutions to Speed File Access From Five Minutes to Two Seconds, Dramatically Improving Remote Worker Productivity

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a nationally recognized transportation and transit system design and development firm, successfully deployed Riverbed Steelhead® appliances at its five offices nationwide and Steelhead Mobile to half of its employees. With minimal operational investment from its IT staff, Nelson/Nygaard increased productivity by delivering LAN-like speed to distributed employees, including those in branch offices and on the road. Nelson/Nygaard chose Riverbed® over Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and others because of its market-leading acceleration capabilities for both remote offices and mobile workers, and its ease of installation and management.

Nelson/Nygaard serves clients across the globe, and provides transportation specialists with expertise in transit service, accessible and specialized transportation, multi-modal transportation, smart growth projects and transit-oriented development, program management, financial planning, and public participation and information. To ensure that professional expertise can be applied regardless of an employee's location, teams are built across regions. As projects are designed and implemented, employees from different offices collaborate on large 30-50 megabyte documents such as AutoCAD, ESRI and Adobe files. At any given time the company can expect at least half of its employees to be traveling -- to a job site, at a client location, or anywhere in between -- requiring fast access to very large files. For mobile workers, files would often take longer than five minutes each to download, hindering productivity and resulting in the frustration of many mobile users who would frequently complain to IT.

"With so many users working from branch offices and a myriad of remote locations, IT was constantly receiving complaints about wide area network (WAN) performance and its ability to handle the large files we work with," said Raj Singh, chief information officer and partner at Nelson/Nygaard. "Employees were getting so frustrated that they were taking matters into their own hands and buying hard drives for branch offices -- creating insecure copies of data. Given that we're an IT team of three, that just wasn't a situation we could live with long-term. We needed a solution that we could get up and running easily, and manage without too much effort."

Nelson/Nygaard decided to evaluate WDS solutions from Riverbed, Cisco and Packeteer by holding its own extensive in-house bake-off between the products. "We first asked a Cisco partner to demonstrate its WAAS offering, but it became apparent immediately that Cisco's products were too difficult to manage, even in a relatively small test environment. We were able to get Packeteer up and running, but realized that the device is merely a souped-up Windows server, and we weren't about to add more Windows servers throughout our infrastructure and inherit the headaches of updating and maintaining them," said Singh.

"With Riverbed, both their Steelhead appliances and their Steelhead Mobile software just worked right out of the box. Within a week of selecting Riverbed we had appliances deployed throughout all five of our offices, and Steelhead Mobile software deployed to half of our workforce. In no time our users were experiencing accelerated performance and greater access to the data they needed the most. Not only did it work quickly, but the performance is amazing, and it is extremely easy to manage," Singh continued.

After IT deployed Steelhead appliances and Steelhead Mobile, Nelson/Nygaard employees recognized the difference immediately. Files that once took more than five minutes to download when working in branch offices or remotely now take only two seconds, making download speeds that were once unbearable almost unnoticeable.

In addition, employees who were previously unable to effectively work from home when working on a tight deadline can now access files and information just as if they were in the office. Nelson/Nygaard is currently deploying Steelhead Mobile to the remainder of its employees to enable efficient data access and collaboration throughout its entire mobile workforce.

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.

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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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