SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

May 12, 2008 08:00 ET

Aruba and Riverbed Announce Solutions for Mobile Workers and the Server-Less Remote Office

Combined, Best-of-Class Solution Designed to Set a New Standard for Global Collaboration and Operational Efficiency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, and Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced a joint solution that allows mobile and remote users to achieve LAN-like access to data and applications wherever they work or roam. The joint solution also establishes a new productivity and real-time collaboration model for remote offices by offering untethered wireless connectivity without compromising network security or application performance.

Industry estimates suggest that 67 percent of employees work outside of company headquarters, and according to IDC the number of mobile workers is expected to rise to over 1 billion by 2011. Geographic and technical hurdles have made it difficult for remote workers to collaborate globally and productively. Building out IT infrastructure at remote offices to replicate the corporate headquarters experience is not a viable option for most enterprises because of the significant costs, administrative overhead, and potential data loss associated with current alternatives.

"CIOs with mobile and remote workforces face a real dilemma delivering application performance to mobile workers across long distances, while simultaneously consolidating infrastructure to improve data security, management and TCO," said Joe Skorupa, research vice president at Gartner. "The solution must deliver LAN-like performance to remote users while keeping infrastructure costs in check."

Aruba's Remote Access Points enable mobile workers, road warriors, and disaster-recovery teams to work remotely by transparently establishing a link to primary or back-up enterprise data centers and then enforcing identity-based access to authorized applications. The Riverbed® award-winning WDS solutions accelerate applications and data for remote offices and mobile workers across wide area networks (WANs), while Riverbed Steelhead® Mobile Client delivers LAN-like application performance to all employees, regardless of location. The combination of these Aruba and Riverbed technologies reliably delivers the enterprise experience to remote users, without compromising speed or incurring the limitations of VPN and managed clients.

"Bringing the enterprise experience to mobile workers reduces travel costs, lowers hydrocarbon emissions, and enhances productivity by bringing the network to the point of use," said Andrew Harding, Aruba's head of business development. "A typical 45 mile commute wastes time that could otherwise be productively employed, and generates about 5.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Companies that want a competitive advantage must avoid wasting resources -- intellectual and natural -- and the best way to accomplish that is by providing unfettered access to enterprise applications from everywhere a worker might roam."

"This plug-and-play mobile worker and remote office solution from Aruba and Riverbed will help our joint customers truly realize the benefits of a consolidated IT infrastructure," said Venugopal Pai, senior director, alliances at Riverbed. "With fewer remote office build-outs and less remote infrastructure to manage, administrative overhead decreases and services can be delivered from a centralized and secure computing model. CIOs can cut costs and complexity with virtually no degradation in application delivery speed to remote and mobile knowledge workers."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Aruba and/or Riverbed's products and services, and statements relating to Aruba and/or 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 Aruba and/or Riverbed's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause Aruba and/or Riverbed's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include Aruba and/or Riverbed's ability to react to trends and challenges in Aruba and/or Riverbed's business and the markets in which Aruba and/or Riverbed operate; Aruba and/or Riverbed's ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of Aruba and/or Riverbed's products; Aruba and/or Riverbed's ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with Aruba and/or Riverbed's distribution partners; Aruba and/or Riverbed's ability to compete in Aruba and/or Riverbed's industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for Aruba and/or Riverbed's products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in Aruba and/or Riverbed's supply chain; Aruba and/or Riverbed's ability to protect their respective intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by Aruba and Riverbed. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in Riverbed's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on April 29, 2008. More information about these and other risks that may impact Aruba's business are set forth in Aruba's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on March 7, 2008. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Aruba and Riverbed as of the date hereof, and Aruba and Riverbed assumes 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. Aruba and Riverbed each 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

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our unified mobility solutions include Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, remote access and cellular services, and centralized multi-vendor network management to enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Follow-Me Connectivity: Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize
    themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical
--  Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to
    users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is
--  Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network
    integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
--  Follow-Me Management: Multi-vendor network management provides a
    single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless
    networks from both Aruba and its competitors.

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our unified mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at

© 2008 Aruba Networks, Inc and Riverbed Technology, Inc.

© 2008 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., RFProtect, The All Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc.

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