SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

June 30, 2008 08:00 ET

Riverbed Selected by International Law Firm, Simmons & Simmons, for Global Deployment

Riverbed Selected by Simmons & Simmons to Enable Wordwide IT Consolidation, While Increasing Worker Collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that the international law firm Simmons & Simmons has selected and deployed Riverbed® WDS solutions across 20 offices in 13 countries. The deployment has enabled Simmons & Simmons to increase worker collaboration between offices and achieve IT consolidation. By using Riverbed, the law firm has seen its bandwidth capacity increase by 4.5 times and has achieved a 75% reduction in the global amount of data transferred over the network.

Simmons & Simmons has installed 21 Riverbed Steelhead® appliances in offices across the globe, including London, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dubai, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and Madeira. The law firm, which uses Cisco routers and switches in its data centres and office locations, chose Riverbed to enable it to consolidate its local systems into three data centre sites in London, Rotterdam and Hong Kong, and improve business resiliency. It also wanted to provide a more streamlined service for end users, offering faster application performance when using Microsoft Exchange, the Internet and Intranet, and the document management software Interwoven over the wide area network (WAN).

Simmons & Simmons is a world-class law firm with offices in 13 countries across the globe. It has over 2,000 staff worldwide, with a headquarters in London.

James Mackay, network and security manager at Simmons & Simmons, comments, "We brought in Riverbed as part of our global IT consolidation project. We needed to ensure that our office staff outside of the UK could continue to access their critical applications and data over the WAN once we had centralized our IT services into three regional data centers. We had to ensure centralizing our IT services did not create longer application response times for users in our offices, but made things faster, so services to our clients could be improved."

He continues, "Previously, in-country locations had been responsible for managing the local IT infrastructure and applications, which created regional silos that couldn't always collaborate together as well as they should have. Consolidation means employees can now access all applications regardless of location through a standard desktop and lock down policy. From a network and security point of view, this is far easier to manage, whilst providing end-users with a consistent service."

However, this application performance in a consolidated environment was only possible by implementing Riverbed. When Simmons & Simmons decided to consolidate its IT infrastructure, it realized early on that such a move would slow down the network, impacting staff productivity. The law firm looked at Cisco and Silver Peak to solve the problem, but neither fit its requirements. Riverbed was brought in based on its previous experience and tested by an independent third party. Positive results paved the way for a successful implementation.

"We were impressed with the 'plug and go' simplicity of the implementation and the ease of management with Riverbed. We were able to deploy the boxes before migration -- everything was straightforward. It did what it said on the tin, that's what I was looking for, and that's what it did," said Mackay.

Simmons & Simmons now has a network infrastructure in place that provides the application performance it needs, whilst being easy to manage. "We regularly use the Riverbed central management console (CMC) to review what applications people are using and what traffic is running over the network, so we as IT can report to the board and in-country managers, as well as realign the network to ensure its performance is optimal."

Steelhead Products

Riverbed 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, 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 April 29, 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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