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  • 14 January 2010 14:35

Riverbed Named Q309 Advanced Platform WAN Optimisation Controller Market Share Leader by Leading Analyst Firm

Riverbed Grows Global Market Share in WAN Application Acceleration Equipment; Continues With Product Innovation for Cloud Environments

Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that Gartner has identified Riverbed® in its recent December 2009 report, "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide 3Q09," as the WOC (WAN optimisation controller) Advanced Platform (AP) worldwide market share leader for 3Q 2009 based on revenue. According to Gartner’s market share report, Riverbed increased its revenue share from the previous quarter by 1.8 percentage points, to 34.3%.

Enterprises leverage Riverbed WAN optimisation to improve remote and mobile employee productivity, enable private clouds, and provide enterprise-wide network and application visibility. By speeding the performance of applications between remote offices, private data centres and mobile workers, in some cases by up to 100 times, Riverbed Steelhead® products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Nearly 7,000 customers, across a wide range of markets, have implemented Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions in their geographically dispersed organisations.

In a separate report published in June 2009 by Gartner, Riverbed was positioned in the leaders quadrant in the “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimisation Controller (WOC), 2009” authored by Andy Rolfe, Joe Skorupa and Severine Real. According to Gartner, “Leaders exhibit an ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in their product offerings and by raising awareness of the importance of these features. We expect a Leader to be growing the market as a whole, and to have solutions that resonate with an increasing number of enterprises. Leaders in the WOC market need to have a broad feature set, including QoS, generic compression, protocol acceleration and file system acceleration, with the majority of features proven in substantial real-world implementations. They also need to be able to offer sales and support on a global basis.” To download the report, compliments of Riverbed, visit:

Riverbed: Expanding Solutions in 2010

Riverbed WAN optimisation allows organisations to overcome the performance barrier to successfully consolidating IT infrastructure into private clouds. In 2010, Riverbed will begin to introduce solutions that extend the benefits of acceleration to applications and storage in the public cloud.

“Our success is a testament to our ability to align technology innovation with customer requirements, which have expanded to include overcoming performance barriers in different types of cloud environments – including private, hybrid and public,” said Eric Wolford, senior vice president of business development and marketing at Riverbed. “Our solution is a critical component in developing a cost-effective and efficient IT infrastructure because we enable organisations to successfully consolidate, virtualise and accelerate data and applications anywhere in the world - even thousands of miles away - without experiencing performance problems.”

Speeding Application Performance in the Cloud

Building on its success in enabling organisations large and small to build private clouds, Riverbed recently unveiled its cloud direction, including the upcoming virtual Steelhead for the cloud, which will extend the benefits of Riverbed WAN optimisation by accelerating the performance of applications and data transfers across private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Accelerating Cloud Storage

Similar to how Riverbed addressed fundamental protocol inefficiencies for applications (used over the WAN) that resulted in order of magnitude performance gains, Riverbed will release advanced new technology that addresses fundamental protocol inefficiencies for block storage protocols that again produce order of magnitude performance gains over the WAN. What was deemed impossible before—running any block protocol over the WAN—will be possible with this new technology. This new innovation enables thousands of miles of separation between storage and compute resources, transforming the WAN into a SAN.

“We continue to grow our product leadership as we ensure high-performance access to applications and storage. As customers embrace the adoption of private, public and hybrid cloud models and their users move further from their data, we are raising the bar for delivering innovative solutions to meet their needs,” said Wolford.

About Riverbed Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimisation 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 Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, Think Fast, the Riverbed logo, Mazu, Profiler and Cascade 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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