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February 24, 2009 09:00 ET

Riverbed Wins Gold Honors in Storage Magazine's 2008 Storage Products of the Year Awards

WAN Optimization Solution Recognized for the Third Consecutive Year in the Networking Equipment Category

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2009) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, announced today that its WAN optimization solution won the highest honor, a gold award, in Storage Magazine's 2008 Storage Products of the Year Awards, Networking equipment category. The Riverbed® WAN optimization solution has been previously recognized in the same category by Storage Magazine, winning the Silver award in 2007 and the Bronze award in 2006.

Judges and editors of and Storage magazine selected the 2008 winners in five storage product categories: Backup and disaster recovery software and services; Backup hardware; Disk and disk subsystems; Networking equipment; and Storage management tools. The awards program recognized the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS®) 5.0 in the Networking equipment category, noting "major improvements for Steelhead® customers." To see additional comments from the judging panel, please visit:,294802,sid5_tax313328_ayr2008,00.html

RiOS 5.0 offers customers unparalleled flexibility for their WAN optimization deployment. Within this version, Riverbed introduced the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), which enables the delivery of branch office services without the need to deploy a full-blown server. The RSP allows customers to deploy best-of-breed software on Steelhead appliances in a self-contained partition to minimize the hardware infrastructure footprint at the branch office. Riverbed also became the first WAN optimization vendor to provide native application-level acceleration for Exchange 2007 and to offer enhanced acceleration for frequently utilized web applications such as SAP NetWeaver, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Oracle 11i, and SharePoint.

Riverbed has since upgraded RiOS with the release of version 5.5 in October 2008. Within this release, Riverbed enables enterprises to further consolidate IT infrastructure, enhance worker productivity and accelerate data protection, helping CIOs support a more efficient workforce and IT environment while reducing operational and financial investment. With RiOS 5.5, up to five third-party applications or services can be installed on a Steelhead appliance, including Microsoft Windows server 2008. Riverbed also introduced a set of industry firsts for WAN optimization, by accelerating Lotus Notes and MAPI encrypted traffic at the application layer, as well as MAPI 2007 and Oracle Forms for mobile workers. In addition, Riverbed broadened its solutions to provide faster, more cost-effective replication and backup among data centers by automatically adjusting the optimization settings depending on the workload.

"Being recognized by Storage Magazine for the third year in a row is a testament to our continued innovation," said Eric Wolford, Riverbed's senior vice president of marketing and business development. "We listen to our customers' needs and map product development to provide solutions that address the challenges they face everyday -- from application acceleration over the WAN to disaster recovery in the data center to increasing IT infrastructure performance while cutting costs."

To learn more about Storage Magazine's 2008 Product of the Year Awards, visit:,294801,sid5_ayr2008,00.html

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.

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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