SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

March 11, 2008 08:00 ET

Riverbed Helps Multidiscipline Design Firm Increase User Productivity and Collaboration

Steelhead Mobile Client Software Unifies Company; Eight-Month ROI for Full Suite of Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon (BWSC), a 400-person multidiscipline design firm offering engineering, architecture, planning and surveying services, has deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances and Steelhead Mobile client software for application acceleration and IT consolidation at its 12 offices across the United States.

Deploying the Steelhead Mobile client software has facilitated collaboration among BWSC employees through accelerated application speed and access to data from employee laptops, regardless of location. As a result, BWSC employees, who are frequently mobile and working from a client or job site, can remain as connected with their colleagues as if they were in the main office. BWSC plans to increase Steelhead Mobile licenses throughout 2008, so that additional employees can seamlessly collaborate with team members while mobile.

Riverbed's WDS solutions have enabled BWSC to meet their "One Firm" initiative -- to provide the same user experience in each office, no matter the size -- through improved collaboration and application response time. BWSC calculates that Riverbed solutions have increased productivity for the firm's 140 CAD file users by 46.7 minutes per user, per month.

BWSC is committed to providing a seamless user experience at each of its 12 office locations, which have anywhere from 20 to several hundred engineers, architects, and support staff. The company uses Bentley MicroStation and ProjectWise technology to enable collaboration among employees in different offices and sought to accelerate the transfer and sharing of large CAD files and other content over its network. After the implementation of Riverbed WDS solutions, BWSC saw dramatic application performance improvement on ProjectWise, helping to increase user productivity. Based on the increased productivity of its 140 CAD users alone, BWSC estimates that the Riverbed solution will have paid for itself in approximately eight months.

"Riverbed's WDS solutions are completely in line with our 'One Firm' philosophy to bridge different offices to ensure a more transparent, productive, and efficient working environment. After implementing the Riverbed solution, sharing large files, such as CAD files that our architects and engineers depend on, became a much more fluid and effortless process and we saw a huge decrease in file transfer time," said Phil Newby, IT manager at BWSC. "Collaborating with other team members, no matter where each individual is located, is imperative in our industry, and the Riverbed Steelhead Mobile solutions make it possible -- and simple. The Steelhead appliances were painless to deploy and are simple to use."

BWSC also sees the Riverbed technology as critical to helping them achieve another future IT goal: consolidation of their existing IT infrastructure down to just one central data center.

"We're in the process of consolidating our IT infrastructure, and the Riverbed technology will allow us to further consolidate all data to one principal data center in Tennessee," said Newby. "We plan to use Microsoft SharePoint as a centralized Intranet and work towards creating a Web portal to allow project managers to log, track, and communicate on contacts, design work, budgets, and announcements. The Riverbed solutions will play an integral part in making this consolidated, collaborative network a reality."

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, statements regarding customer plans for additional Riverbed deployments, 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-K filed with the SEC on February 15, 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 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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