SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

April 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Riverbed Receives Brocade Data Center Ready Status for End-to-End Storage Networking Compatibility

Riverbed Steelhead Appliances Demonstrate Compatibility in Heterogeneous Brocade-Based Storage Area Network Environments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that its WAN optimization solutions have been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. as compatible with the Brocade 7500/FR4-18i Blade, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Data Center Ready Program. The program is an initiative designed to foster interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based data center environments.

Testing was conducted at the Brocade Data Center Ready labs, which are state-of-the-art facilities supporting end-to-end interoperability and performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric environments. The Brocade Data Center Ready Program boasts an impressive group of members joining the program since its launch in 2000.

Enterprises leverage Riverbed® wide area network (WAN) optimization to speed the performance of applications between remote offices, private data centers and mobile workers. Riverbed Steelhead® products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. By removing a huge amount of repetitive data from the WAN during disaster recovery (DR) operations, enterprises can dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements, enabling them to protect more data, more quickly. Thousands of enterprises already use Riverbed WAN optimization solutions to accelerate applications and to save bandwidth -- and many of them have also deployed the solutions to enable faster data protection, thereby reducing their recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO).

"We've worked closely with Brocade on product testing to ensure interoperability and simplified product integration that will provide our customers with increased performance. This can significantly reduce the need to upgrade bandwidth -- allowing companies to make their current infrastructure more efficient," said Venugopal Pai, vice president of alliances at Riverbed. "Through ongoing partner engagement and product development we're continuing to create solutions that address the challenges enterprises encounter during DR operations."

"We are pleased that Riverbed's successful completion of the Data Center Ready Program certifies its Steelhead appliance's interoperability with the Brocade 7500/FR4-18i Blade," said Patric Chang, director of Strategic Alliances at Brocade. "As storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate, customers now have the added confidence that these technologies can be utilized where appropriate as part of scalable, high-performance networking environments."

About the Brocade Data Center Ready Program
The Brocade Data Center Ready program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability. As part of the program, testing is conducted in SAN configurations that include a heterogeneous mix of servers, storage systems, Brocade switches, SAN management and enterprise applications, and other SAN technologies. Brocade has created an interoperability lab featuring a heterogeneous SAN fabric, in which the company tests and validates partner equipment in specific configurations. Vendors receive Brocade Data Center Ready qualification after completing tests to confirm that vendors' products meet interoperability guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.brocade.com/partnerships/index.page.

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-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
www.riverbed.com.

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