SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

January 09, 2008 09:07 ET

Riverbed WDS Named a Technology of the Year by InfoWorld for Fourth Year in a Row

Steelhead Appliance and Steelhead Mobile Recognized for Innovation in IT Landscape

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that InfoWorld has named Riverbed's Steelhead® appliances running RiOS™ 4.1 and Steelhead Mobile client software as co-winners of the best WAN Accelerator of 2008 award. InfoWorld has named Riverbed® the leader in WAN acceleration for four years in a row, beginning in 2005 when they first created the category and recognized Riverbed for its innovation in WDS. Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape. This award is recognition of Riverbed's continued success in delivering solutions that attack the distributed application performance problem wherever it exists.

Only Riverbed offers a complete WDS solution that accelerates applications and data for remote offices, data centers and mobile workers across wide area networks (WANs), accelerating access to applications and data up to 100 times faster. The speed delivered by Riverbed WDS solutions allows organizations to be more nimble, flexible and competitive by enabling IT consolidation without sacrificing user performance, allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating end user frustration caused by slow applications, dramatically shortening backup and replication times, reducing traffic on WANs, and even making mobile workers significantly more productive.

According to InfoWorld's Technology of the Year article, "Riverbed's Steelhead WAN acceleration appliance and Steelhead Mobile client software are an effective one-two punch for reducing the amount of traffic passed over the WAN. The mobile client is an excellent way for mobile and remote office users to get better WAN performance when accessing data from the corporate data center, while the appliance solution handles larger site-to-site deployments. Both utilize the same core optimization engines to deliver exceptional latency reduction and more efficient WAN utilization overall."

Riverbed released its Steelhead Mobile product, a software client version of its award-winning WDS technology, in August 2007. The Steelhead Mobile software client is intended to deliver LAN-like application performance to any employee, whether on the road, working from home or connected wirelessly in the office. In addition, in October 2007, Riverbed announced the 4.1 version of RiOS and a new Steelhead appliance model targeted at the data center. The enhancements in RiOS 4.1 and the new Steelhead appliance model 6120 build on Riverbed's work with over 3,000 customers to solve the application performance and IT control dilemma that CIOs face as they confront the competing demands of an increasingly distributed workforce and the need to protect and control data.

"Our ability to stay customer-focused helps us continually provide products that meet ever-changing industry needs, such as accelerating application performance for the growing distributed workforce, including remote offices, data centers and the mobile worker," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Riverbed. "This annual product recognition, positive feedback from our customers and our consistently high win rate in head-to-head competition lets us know that we're on the right track."

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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