SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

February 27, 2008 08:00 ET

Riverbed Steelhead Appliance Wins Network World's "Best of the Tests" Award

WDS Pioneer Wins Head-to-Head Test Against Key Competitors; Network World Calls Riverbed "Boon to IT Budgets"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 27, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that its Steelhead® appliance has been awarded the 2008 "Best of the Tests" designation for best WAN optimization and application acceleration solution by Network World, the premier source of objective, authoritative testing-based articles in the network marketplace. Network World's Best of the Tests looks back at the previous 12 months of testing and highlights the highest scoring products.

In August 2007, Network World conducted a competitive review of WAN optimization and application acceleration products. In that test, Riverbed® outperformed appliances from Blue Coat, Cisco and Silver Peak and was awarded the Network World "Clear Choice" designation. David Newman, president of Network Test (an independent test lab in Westlake Village, CA), conducted the review for Network World. According to Newman in his introduction article entitled "WAN acceleration offers huge payoff", boxes from each vendor were tested in a "true enterprise context, with a massive test bed pushing data over multiple T-3 and T-1 links. After pounding the systems with the most popular enterprise applications, we're inclined to believe the hype."

Riverbed Steelhead appliances reduced bandwidth by a factor of 84 in the warm run and a factor of 32 in the 10 percent run. According to Newman, "Any device that reduces bandwidth use by 20 or 30 times must be considered a boon to IT budgets." Newman also stated that, "As in the CIFS and MAPI tests, the Riverbed Steelhead appliances delivered Web traffic the fastest. In all three ways we measured -- transactions per second, traffic rates, and response time -- the Steelhead appliances delivered Web traffic seven times faster than tests with no device inline." The test also found that only Riverbed Steelhead appliances sped up file transfers 45 times to a low-bandwidth, low-delay site and 34 times to a low-bandwidth, high-delay site.

"Riverbed has always maintained a focus on meeting and exceeding our customers' needs, with a primary focus on speeding access to data and the broadest range of applications that customers depend on most over the WAN. Speed is the number one reason customers choose Riverbed," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Riverbed. "This recognition from Network World, based on their head-to-head test of Riverbed and our competitors, mirrors our consistently high win rate against the competition and provides further validation that we're effectively meeting customer needs."

Only Riverbed offers a complete WDS solution that dramatically accelerates applications and data for remote offices, data centers and mobile workers across wide area networks (WANs), accelerating access to applications and data up to 100 times faster. The speed delivered by Riverbed WDS solutions allows organizations to be more nimble, flexible and competitive by enabling IT consolidation without sacrificing user performance, allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating end user frustration caused by slow applications, dramatically shortening backup and replication times, reducing traffic on WANs, and even making mobile workers significantly more productive.

About Network World's 2008 Best of the Tests Awards

The 2008 "Best of the Tests" designation has been awarded by Network World to 12 products that registered the best performances in its hands-on testing program last year. In all, Network World tested and reported on more than 170 products tested in that time frame.

Network World is the premier source of objective, authoritative testing-based articles in the network marketplace. Network World produces articles featuring both single-product and comparative product tests on a weekly basis. The publication taps into its 13-member Network World Lab Alliance, a group of the most qualified industry experts, network integrators and universities, to set methodology, conduct testing and produce the articles.

Network World's eighth annual Signature Series Best Products Issue, published February 25th, in print and online at, highlights the best new products, services and practices in networking and the best new ideas on buying, building and managing networks.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, and IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

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

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, 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.

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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