SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

November 26, 2008 12:46 ET

VINCI PLC Reduces Data Recovery Time by Two Thirds With Riverbed

Riverbed Solutions Viewed as Strategic Business Enabler for Leading Construction Group

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services, today announced that VINCI PLC, a subsidiary of VINCI, the world's leading concessions and construction group, has deployed 30 Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances across the UK as part of an effort to re-architect and consolidate its IT infrastructure while reducing costs and ensuring that critical data is recoverable quickly should disaster strike. Following installation of the Steelhead appliances, data recovery time dropped from 72 to less than 24 hours, and the company has experienced an eight-fold increase in bandwidth capacity. In addition, VINCI PLC has reduced the number of servers at remote sites by 80%.

"Thanks to Riverbed we've been able to make more applications and data available over the WAN and use IT assets with less concern about the impact to the network topology," said Ben Paddick, VINCI PLC's Technical Design Architect. "Riverbed has been as much of an enabler to VINCI PLC as Windows XP."

In the last year, VINCI PLC planned several significant IT initiatives, including installation of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) to improve its backup and recovery system and consolidation of its IT infrastructure to reduce costs and control data and server sprawl. Both of these projects required faster data transfers and application response times over the wide area network (WAN).

Paddick explains, "We had to introduce a number of new projects all at the same time, but didn't want the expense of upgrading our current bandwidth throughput when the results would be questionable. We considered a thin client alternative, but this would have required major changes to our infrastructure. We then investigated wide area data services solutions."

VINCI PLC ran a six week trial testing products from WAN optimization vendors including Cisco and Riverbed. VINCI PLC chose Riverbed for its ease-of-deployment, manageability and speed at which applications were accelerated over the WAN.

The 30 Steelhead appliances installed by VINCI PLC have enabled the company to successfully implement the new backup and data recovery project with TSM, and remove 25 file servers from branch offices and replace them with just three in the data center. Data recovery times have dropped from 72 hours to less than 24 hours and bandwidth capacity has increased eight-fold. Users no longer experience delays in accessing live data, and the improvement in application acceleration has led to the implementation of new projects. These included a storage area network (SAN) and SharePoint portal, which has improved employees' access to the company's intranet services.

VINCI PLC is now conducting a trial of Riverbed Steelhead Mobile software to accelerate applications for mobile users and enable home working. The 100 project sites are of particular interest as DSL is not always available, so 3G or satellite access is used instead. VINCI PLC is also considering the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) in order to run print servers, DNS, and IPAM functionality on the Steelhead appliances. This would enable VINCI PLC to consolidate IT infrastructure even further at its branch offices.

Steelhead Products

Riverbed 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, the Riverbed award-winning 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. 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 30, 2008. 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 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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