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Riverbed Technology

November 25, 2009 09:00 ET

Riverbed Named PilotHouse Award Top Provider for WAN Optimization by Nemertes Research

Market-Leading Vendor Receives Top Scores in WAN Optimization Category for Superior Customer Service, Technology and Value

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 25, 2009) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that it has been named a PilotHouse Award Top Provider by Nemertes Research. The PilotHouse Awards ascertain how well vendors are performing according to customers in 10 technology markets, including WAN optimization. At an awards ceremony on November 2, 2009, Riverbed® was named the Top Provider in the WAN optimization category by obtaining the best overall scores for superior customer service, technology and value.

The WAN optimization category includes vendors that provide appliances that help an enterprise WAN perform better through use of caching, compression, acceleration or traffic shaping. Winning vendors were determined based on the survey results of over 1,300 IT practitioners. Participants were asked to evaluate vendors in the categories of value, customer service and technology. Riverbed swept every ratings category -- customer service, technology and value, leading to the best overall score. According to Nemertes, Riverbed beat out alternative WAN optimization offerings from Blue Coat, Cisco, Citrix and Juniper Networks. This is the first year the WAN optimization category was added to the PilotHouse Awards.

Riverbed WAN optimization solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a wide range of IT and private cloud infrastructure performance bottlenecks, including poor application performance, slow database backups and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers, in some cases by up to 100 times, the award-winning Riverbed Steelhead® 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.

According to the Nemertes PilotHouse Awards report, which was published in November 2009 by analyst John Burke, "Riverbed rises to the top in large part because of its technology, both the power of it and (equally important for many IT shops) for its reliability and simplicity. IT truly values technology that can install, turn on, and then ignore while they get on with making the most of benefits delivered. IT practitioners praise Riverbed as 'set-and-forget' optimization that works immediately, and changes their WAN usage profoundly."

"We were gratified to win, as Riverbed is committed to bringing products to market that deliver customer value through innovative technology and strong support," said Apurva Dave, senior director of product marketing at Riverbed. "Our nearly 7,000 customers drive us to deliver industry-leading IT infrastructure performance and lower costs in today's distributed IT and cloud services environments all over the world."

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 30, 2009. 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 IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility -- all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at

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