SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

April 15, 2009 09:00 ET

Riverbed Named 2009 Product Leadership Award Recipient

Riverbed Steelhead Appliance Earns Gold Award in WAN Optimization / Application Delivery Products Category

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that the Riverbed® Steelhead® appliance received a Gold Award in the WAN Optimization / Application Delivery Products category of the™ 2009 Product Leadership Awards.

The awards include three wide-area networking product categories and recognize 10 products that enterprise IT professionals should consider adding to their "A" lists of networking products to evaluate. Winning products were selected by 500 networking professionals based on their assessment of products currently deployed within their own WANs. Participants were asked to evaluate the products according to defined product-specific criteria, with cumulative scores calculated for each product. editors used these scores to determine Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners for the industry's best wide-area networking products.

According to "Riverbed's win reflected network managers' growing attention to application latency: 78 percent of readers gave Steelhead four or five stars on a five-star scale for its ability to mitigate network latency, with 25 percent giving it the highest rating for application-specific support. One customer found that his SAP benchmarks dropped from 18 seconds to load to just six seconds after installing Riverbed Steelhead appliances, and the company estimated annual savings of more than $100,000 in bandwidth costs."

"Riverbed's selection as the leader in WAN optimization by IT professionals who have experienced the speed, simplicity and scale we deliver is a reflection of broader market dynamics," said John Martin, vice president of product management at Riverbed. "When our Steelhead products are evaluated in real-world testing against a competitive offering, we win around 90% of the time. This win rate speaks volumes about Riverbed's commitment to innovation and delivering the IT infrastructure performance requirements that customers demand."

Riverbed WAN optimization solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a wide range of IT infrastructure performance bottlenecks, including poor application performance, slow database backups and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by 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.

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-K filed with the SEC on February 23, 2009. 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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About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure 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

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