SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

December 20, 2007 16:55 ET

Riverbed Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Leading Analyst Firm's Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), announced today that it has been positioned by Gartner in the leaders quadrant in the "WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) Magic Quadrant" published in December 2007 and authored by Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa. According to Gartner, "Leaders exhibit an ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in their product offering and by raising awareness of the importance of these features."

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WDS solutions from Riverbed® accelerate applications and data for remote offices, data centers and mobile workers across wide-area networks (WANs), making them run up to 100 times faster. WDS allow organizations to become more nimble, flexible, and competitive by dramatically speeding up IT consolidation, allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating slow application frustration for end-users, dramatically shortening backup and replication time, reducing traffic on WANs, and enabling mobile workers to be significantly more productive.

According to the report, "Optimization techniques for wide-area networks (WANs) can improve most organizations' application response times, particularly where network latency is high, which is often due to centralization of servers and IT resources. Typically, WAN optimization controllers (WOCs) serve to prevent network latency having a severe impact on the performance of applications and underlying protocols. Through data reduction and prioritization techniques, WOCs can also help organizations avoid costly bandwidth upgrades."

"We believe our leadership is reflected in our customer base of over 3,000 companies, including over 20 percent of the Fortune 500," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president, marketing and business development at Riverbed. "With our industry-leading number of customer wins and innovative product enhancements, we continue to prove our ability to excel in a market that we believe is less than five percent penetrated. In a world where workers are more distributed and IT is more centralized, Riverbed is the only vendor to deliver speed, scale and simplicity to the mobile worker, remote office and data center. This allows us to help CIOs address the performance pain point where ever it is. As business has accelerated, Riverbed helps smart companies step up the pace."

This report positions vendors in one of four quadrants based on the companies' vision and ability to execute on that vision. The four quadrants are Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. To view the report, visit

This recognition comes directly after Riverbed was identified in a recent Gartner report, "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide 3Q07" (1) as the Advanced WOC (WAN optimization controller) worldwide market share leader for 3Q, 2007 based on revenue. According to Gartner's market share report, Riverbed® sustained strong growth to maintain its lead. This is the 5th quarter in a row that Riverbed has maintained the leadership position in the Advanced Platform WOC category. In the same report, Gartner named Riverbed as the market share leader in the WOC category for the 3rd quarter in a row.

(1) Gartner, Inc., "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 3Q07" by Joe Skorupa and Nhat Pham, November 2007

About the Magic Quadrant

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 2007 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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, estimates regarding the potential size, and current penetration, of the WDS market and its growth characteristics, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations, grow market share or grow the market as a whole. 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 25, 2007. 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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