SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

December 15, 2008 09:00 ET

NTT America and Riverbed Deliver Enhanced Managed WAN Performance Acceleration Services

Collaboration Provides Global and Regional Businesses With Cost Savings Through Solutions That Enhance Employee Productivity and Reduce Overall IT Infrastructure and Complexity

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, and Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in WAN optimization, today announced that NTT America is offering its new Managed WPA (WAN Performance Accelerator) service to regional and global businesses. The new offering is based on Riverbed® award-winning flagship products, Steelhead® appliances, and will provide NTT America's customers with WAN acceleration that reduces costs and simplifies IT infrastructure.

NTT America's Managed WPA service provides multi-national and regional businesses with LAN-like access to data and applications for users in branch offices, regardless of their location. The service performance enables cost savings through reductions in both opex and capex, as enterprises are able to optimize their bandwidth usage while consolidating their IT infrastructure and reducing IT complexity and overhead. In addition, the managed service acceleration helps ensure business continuity through improved backup and replication processes, and it also improves staff productivity and real-time collaboration.

"With the globalization of enterprises and distributed resources, regulatory compliance and changes in application trends to web-based protocols, enterprise IT architectures are becoming more complex," said Stephen Bloom, vice president of Business Development for NTT America, Inc. "Our Managed WPA service provides customers with a one-stop-shop for best-of-breed acceleration that simplifies IT infrastructure, increases productivity and produces real cost savings. We are envisioning further enhancement of the service such as mobile user support solutions to accommodate our growing customer needs."

As part of its commitment to providing a one-stop-shop, NTT America has built a comprehensive set of services within the Managed WPA service package. NTT America engineers perform needs assessments and create network designs based on the Riverbed solutions; then they provide project management and install and test the Steelhead appliances. Following implementation, NTT America provides full maintenance and support, including 24x7 remote and proactive monitoring and troubleshooting of both WPA and the network.

"NTT America offers customers, including both U.S. companies expanding to Asia-Pacific as well as international firms operating in the U.S. market, best-of-breed services and solutions," said Randy Schirman, vice president, Service Providers at Riverbed. "The addition of Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead appliances to NTT America's portfolio provides customers with an acceleration solution that goes beyond mere speed to the core needs of any regional or global business -- enhancing productivity, ensuring business continuity and delivering cost savings."

Riverbed WAN optimization solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application response time and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. Accelerating 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 Steelhead products allow 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 global Fortune 500 companies to small companies with several domestic sites. According to a recent report by IDC, organizations that deploy Steelhead appliances achieve an average return on investment of 7.3 months.

About NTT America

NTT America is North America's natural gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, with strong capabilities in the U.S. market. NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT America provides world-class Enterprise Hosting, managed network, and IP networking services for enterprise customers and service providers worldwide. For additional information on NTT America, visit us on the Web at

About NTT Communications Corporation

NTT Com delivers high-quality voice, data and IP services to customers around the world. The company is renowned for its diverse information and communication services, expertise in managed networks, hosting and IP networking services, and industry leadership in IPv6 transit technology. The company's extensive global infrastructure includes Arcstar™ private networks and a Tier 1 IP backbone (connected with major ISPs worldwide), both reaching more than 150 countries, as well as secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Com is the wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world's largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements regarding customer payback following implementation of Riverbed solutions that may suggest likely or certain outcomes, 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.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in WAN optimization 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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