SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

April 07, 2010 09:00 ET

Riverbed Named Q4 2009 and CY 2009 Advanced Platform WAN Optimization Controller Market Share Leader by Leading Analyst Firm

Solutions Enable Further Consolidation of Branch Office Infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) -  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, announced today that Gartner has identified Riverbed® in its recently announced report, "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 4Q09 and 2009,"(1) as the WOC (WAN optimization controller) Advanced Platform worldwide market share leader for 4Q 2009 based on revenue. According to Gartner's market share report, Riverbed increased its revenue share and maintained its lead by capturing 34.5% of the market. In the same report, Riverbed is named the worldwide market share leader in the Advanced Platform WOC category for CY 2009 based on revenue with 33.2% market share.

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

Riverbed WAN Optimization Extends Its Benefits beyond Application Acceleration
The number one reason organizations select Riverbed WAN optimization solutions is to increase the speed of applications over the WAN, which enables strategic initiatives such as consolidating to private clouds. Without a high-performing WAN optimization solution in place to accelerate applications, data requests over the WAN result in congested networks, poor application performance and frustrated end users, making accelerating application performance key to successful IT centralization. Whether an organization is focused on consolidating file servers, email servers, SAN or NAS devices, or remote tape backup libraries, Riverbed WAN optimization solutions will accelerate application performance typically by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times over the WAN, and reduce WAN bandwidth utilization, typically by 60 to 95%.

Riverbed presents additional IT consolidation opportunities with the enhanced Riverbed Services Platform (RSP). The RSP allows customers to create a branch office box (BoB) that can run up to five additional services or applications virtually in a protected partition on the Steelhead appliance. This approach allows customers to deploy a customized library of local services in all of their branch offices, without the need to deploy and maintain full-blown servers to run the applications.

"The RSP has allowed Riverbed to begin to deliver on the efficiency and control promised by branch office boxes and has been an important differentiator for us over the 2009 calendar year. The ability to consolidate remote office services and standardize to one branch office box is very compelling to customers, and we saw strong adoption trends in 2009," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Riverbed. "As our customers embark on consolidation efforts at the branch and into private cloud environments, they are finding that Riverbed IT performance solutions are key enablers."

Looking Forward: Extending Acceleration Capabilities to the Public Cloud
Building on its success in enabling organizations large and small to build private clouds, Riverbed recently unveiled its cloud direction, including the upcoming virtual Steelhead for the cloud, which will extend the benefits of Riverbed WAN optimization by accelerating the performance of applications and data transfers across private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Similar to how Riverbed addressed fundamental protocol inefficiencies for applications (used over the WAN) that resulted in order of magnitude performance gains, Riverbed will release advanced new technology that addresses fundamental protocol inefficiencies for block storage protocols that again produce order of magnitude performance gains over the WAN. What was deemed impossible before -- running any block protocol over the WAN -- will be possible with this advanced new technology. This new innovation enables thousands of miles of separation between storage and compute resources, transforming the WAN into a SAN (iSCSI). 

In a separate report published by Gartner in June 2009, Riverbed was positioned in the leaders quadrant in the "Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controller (WOC), 2009" authored by Andy Rolfe, Joe Skorupa and Severine Real. To download the complimentary report, visit:

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

(1) Gartner, Inc., "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 4Q09 and 2009" by Joe Skorupa and Nhat Pham, March 2010

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements about market share results for Q4 2009 and CY 2009 that may suggest trends for our business, statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of Riverbed management regarding future products and product plans, statements regarding the growth characteristics of, and customer demand relating to, the WAN optimization, RSP and cloud markets, statements regarding Riverbed's ability to grow the cloud market, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions that may suggest likely or certain outcomes, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations, grow or retain market share or grow the market as a whole. 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-K filed with the SEC on February 12, 2010. 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 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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