SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

October 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Riverbed Enables Branch Office Consolidation Initiatives for Organizations Utilizing SAP NetWeaver®

Riverbed Services Platform, Working Together With Accelerated Application Delivery for SAP NetWeaver, Delivers WAN Optimization for Business-Critical Traffic in One Appliance; Steelhead Appliance Running Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) Version 6.0 Certified for Integration With SAP NetWeaver

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) -  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced a new solution that will allow organizations using SAP® applications to improve application performance while simplifying branch office infrastructure. By running a virtual instance of the accelerated application delivery solution for the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform -- which provides access to enterprise applications from remote locations -- on the Riverbed® Services Platform (RSP), enterprises will obtain SAP solution-specific acceleration on top of the award-winning WAN optimization capabilities of the Riverbed Steelhead® appliance. By running a virtual instance of the accelerated application delivery solution with the RSP, customers can consolidate IT resources at the branch office while optimizing performance for end users around the globe looking to access business-critical SAP applications. In addition, to support customers taking advantage of the solution, the Riverbed Steelhead appliance running RiOS® version 6.0 has been certified by SAP for integration with SAP NetWeaver 7.0.

"Our customers are looking for ways to simplify their IT footprint at the branch office," said Venugopal Pai, vice president, global alliances at Riverbed. "RSP gives organizations the flexibility to deploy critical edge services such as accelerated application delivery on a virtual platform, eliminating unnecessary infrastructure and reducing hardware and power costs. With the acceleration capabilities provided by the Steelhead appliance, RSP offers customers a viable branch-office box solution without impacting performance for end users."

Many organizations have implemented network infrastructure at remote sites to improve the performance of their global deployments of SAP solutions. To enable end users worldwide to access Web-based SAP applications at LAN-like speed, many organizations leverage accelerated application delivery for SAP NetWeaver. However, most global enterprises have a varied combination of network traffic from a variety of additional applications that benefit from WAN optimization. To improve the performance of business-critical applications from SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), enterprises will now be able to take advantage of the complementary capabilities of accelerated application delivery from SAP and award-winning Riverbed WAN optimization.

Accelerated application delivery will work on top of the RSP, which is a virtualized, extensible data services platform that allows customers to deploy best-of-breed edge services as virtual appliances. Organizations can deploy these virtual appliances, such as accelerated application delivery for SAP NetWeaver, directly on RSP to minimize the hardware infrastructure footprint at the branch office, which reduces costs in operational overhead.

"Performance, reliability and security are top-of-mind concerns for organizations that are delivering applications over a distributed IT infrastructure," said Joerg Nalik, director, Infrastructure Technologies, SAP Labs. "Accelerated application delivery running on the RSP platform delivers significant performance gains for customers looking to accelerate applications from SAP and other vendors to business users, regardless of where in the world these users are conducting business operations."

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the Riverbed Steelhead appliance running RiOS version 6.0 integrates with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 via the network performance optimization for enterprise SOA-based solutions (ESOA-AW-PO) integration scenario 1.0.

Riverbed WAN optimization solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a wide range of IT and private cloud infrastructure performance bottlenecks, including application performance issues and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers, in some cases by up to 100 times, the award-winning Riverbed Steelhead appliances enable companies to consolidate IT while improving staff productivity and collaboration.

Riverbed will demonstrate its solutions together with accelerated application delivery for SAP NetWeaver in booth #314 where it will be exhibiting at the SAP TechEd 2010 Las Vegas conference, being held October 18-22. To find additional information about Riverbed WAN optimization solutions, please visit: http://www.riverbed.com/us/solutions/wan_optimization/index.php.

Riverbed 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, including with the specific solution detailed in this press release. 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 July 30, 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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