SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

February 26, 2008 08:00 ET

Sidel Group Accelerates Global Business Processes, Collaboration and Improves Productivity With Riverbed

Riverbed's WDS Solution Selected for Its Superior Performance, Flexibility and Ease-of-Installation and Use

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that the Sidel Group has selected and deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® WDS appliances. The deployment, which is taking place at 43 locations worldwide, allows Sidel to improve global business processes, collaboration and productivity associated with its highly integrated and complex packaging system.

The Sidel Group, together with Tetrapak and De Laval, is one of the three divisions of Tetra Laval, which employs 30,000 workers. It has over 50 years of experience in bottling solutions, from the beginning to the end of the bottling process of various beverages, ranging from mineral waters to beer, milk, fruit juices and sensitive beverages needing sterile treatments. A bottling line features a high degree of differentiation and complexity, and has anywhere from six to twelve machines that are produced and installed by Sidel. The Group has installed more than 27,000 bottling machines in 191 countries, which differ according to the type of beverages and quality of materials used for bottling. To exceed customer expectations, Sidel's highly distributed workforce relies on up-to-the-minute information and immediate hand-off of processes between its offices in Europe, Africa, the United States, Asia and Oceania.

Its biggest challenge is creating an efficient network for the transmission of data for its distributed workforce -- sales, engineering, fabrications, project management, installation activities and after-sales assistance. In addition, Sidel's corporate network is extended to its partners and customers. Machines installed onsite with customers are connected to Sidel's headquarters for diagnostics, remote monitoring and performance assessment.

Sidel was unable to guarantee access to corporate data for its distributed workforce, including mobile workers and strategic partners. Upon first review, Sidel thought increasing its bandwidth whenever needed would be the best option. The group quickly determined that they risked spending a considerable amount of money without the guarantee of obtaining acceptable performance and speeds in remote locations. This dissatisfaction of this process prompted Sidel to review various WDS solutions.

Sidel's review took into account economic concerns, such as the cost and the foreseeability of the required investments; technical requirements, which include the ease of adoption, the reliability of the alternatives, the degree of complexity in the products, the capabilities to support mobile workers and the ability of the products to facilitate the consolidation of IT resources; the presence of extra features, such as security functions; and finally, the performance and reporting capabilities of the alternatives. Sidel selected Riverbed Steelhead appliances for their ability to deliver superior performance, reliability, and ease and speed of integration, installation and customization. In addition, the Steelhead appliances offer the maximum flexibility and scalability, which allows Sidel to obtain high performance for its applications over the WAN now and in the future.

"We chose Riverbed because they delivered the best combination of speed and ease-of-use and simplicity," said Egidio Ghinelli, vice president of information technology at Sidel. The group was especially impressed by the immediate user feedback received upon implementation of the Steelhead appliances. According to Ghinelli, this is the most significant parameter for evaluating the real efficiency of a WAN: the users instantly experienced significant improvements in performance.

"After completing the installation, we expect to reduce our bandwidth costs, but the main benefit that we get from Riverbed is LAN-like performance for our remote users now and in the future, thanks to Riverbed's inherent flexibility," points out Ghinelli.

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.

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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