SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

October 19, 2009 09:00 ET

Riverbed to Showcase Market-Leading WAN Optimization Solutions at MILCOM 2009

Company to Highlight the Role of WAN Optimization in Improving Satellite Communications for Military Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced its participation at MILCOM 2009 taking place October 18-21 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, MA. MILCOM is the premier international conference for military communications products and services, attracting commanders from all branches of the armed forces, representatives of the Department of Defense and federal government, and the heads of multi-national forces from around the globe. Attendees can visit Riverbed® at booth #838 to learn how the company's wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions enhance satellite communications and improve operational efficiency within military organizations.

Military customers around the world can use Riverbed WAN optimization to consolidate their IT assets, optimize bandwidth usage, and improve disaster recovery (DR) processes -- enabling cost-cutting, increased data security and greater application performance across their satellite WAN links. Military organizations need to overcome data transfer challenges associated with satellite WANs in order to deliver a reliable and fast satellite communications connection in support of military missions, regardless of the operating conditions. Riverbed solutions, including the Riverbed Steelhead® appliance, Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), Steelhead Mobile and the Steelhead Mobile Controller - Virtual Edition (SMC-VE), help achieve this.

Steelhead appliances consistently deliver industry-leading performance improvements across the broadest range of applications. The Riverbed approach accelerates all TCP-based applications across a range of environments, including high-latency satellite networks. Military customers use Steelhead appliances to accelerate applications over their satellite WAN, ensuring that users in the field have fast access to critical information.

Riverbed Steelhead appliances use a three-pronged approach that delivers benefits beyond just TCP acceleration:

--  Data streamlining, which can remove redundant data from the WAN;
--  Transport streamlining, which addresses TCP chattiness and latency; and
--  Application streamlining, which addresses chattiness and latency within
    specific applications.

Through Riverbed's partnership with Global Protocols, SkipWare is available as an application enabled to run on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP). The RSP is a virtualized, protected partition on Steelhead appliances on which customers can run up to five third-party services and applications. With SkipWare running on a Riverbed Steelhead appliance, military customers can achieve comprehensive, cross-layer optimization without sacrificing Space Communication Protocol Standards (SCPS) standards compliance or interoperability, seamlessly linking multiple vendor technologies across different military satcom networks. Steelhead appliances with SkipWare boast optimized connectivity to the STEP and Teleport systems, optimized connectivity with any SkipWare-based military network, and full interoperability with any other SCPS-based network.

The combined solution delivers hybrid functionality, allowing customers to use either Riverbed optimization technology, SkipWare for SCPS -TP, or both as required. This enables military customers a greater degree of flexibility in how they deploy Riverbed appliances, as SCPS is the standard for many inter-agency networks. In addition, the solution delivers powerful functionality in one box, eliminating the need for multiple in-line appliances in the field. This is especially important for military satellite communications, which are subjected to a harsh array of environmental and operational conditions that can drastically impair the performance of the network.

With Riverbed Steelhead products, military customers can also accelerate applications to remote locations to give warfighters timely access to mission-critical information. For example, mobile field operations units rely on Steelhead Mobile to have fast, LAN-like access to files and applications no matter where they are, anywhere in the world. With a simple software package installed transparently on the laptop, Steelhead Mobile can overcome the difficult mobile work challenges of variable locations, inconsistent links and high-latency environments. For military customers that have a small number of mobile workers interested in implementing strategic deployments of Steelhead Mobile, Steelhead Mobile Controller - Virtual Edition (SMC-VE) is available to manage Steelhead Mobile licenses and to control the deployment, management and reporting of Steelhead Mobile software clients.

To learn more about Riverbed WAN optimization solutions, conference-goers can visit Riverbed on the MILCOM 2009 show floor.

What:   Riverbed exhibiting at MILCOM 2009

When:   Sunday, Oct. 18, 5:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        Monday, Oct. 19, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
        Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, MA
        Booth #838

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, including military 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 July 30, 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.

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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