Riverbed Stands Alone in Leaders Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers of Gartner Magic Quadrant

Riverbed Stands Alone in Leaders Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers of 
Gartner Magic Quadrant 
Riverbed Selected in Leaders Quadrant for Sixth Consecutive Time 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/10/13 --  Riverbed
Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today
announced that the company has been positioned by Gartner in the
Leaders Quadrant of the 2013 "Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization
Controllers" authored by Joe Skorupa, Mark Fabbi, Bjarne Munch and
published in April 2013. Riverbed(R) is the only vendor in the
Leaders Quadrant in the most recent report and has been named to the
Leaders Quadrant for the sixth consecutive time. According to
Gartner, this report positions vendors in one of four quadrants --
Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players -- based on the
companies' vision and ability to execute on that vision. The entire
report can be viewed here:
According to the report, "Current innovation is on form factors and
platforms with WAN optimization migrating toward powerful branch
office platforms or to an optimized WAN cloud." Further, "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 grow the
market as a whole and to have solutions that resonate with an
increasing number of enterprises. Leaders in the WOC market must have
a broad feature set, including QoS, generic compression, protocol
acceleration and file system acceleration, with the majority of
features proved in substantial real-world implementations. They also
need to be able to offer sales and support on a global basis." 
"The rate and pace of change in enterprise IT has grown exponentially
over the last few years," said Eric Wolford, president products group
at Riverbed. "New IT architectures and shifts in business structure
such as cloud computing, virtualization, software defined data
centers, mobility and the consumerization of IT create opportunities
for the business and new challenges for the CIO. Many of our
customers are finding that WAN optimization is at
 the heart of
enabling these new approaches without sacrificing performance. With
our breadth and depth of optimizations and form factors, our
customers rely on Riverbed as a strategic partner for ensuring
application performance." 
Hyperconvergence Requires Organizations to Rethink Network with
Performance in Mind
 The urgent and disruptive trends that IT face
today are what many thought leaders are calling hyperconvergence.
Cloud, mobility, SaaS, collaboration and other trends are
simultaneously placing new demands on organizations, forcing them to
rethink the way they approach network design, architecture and
sourcing. As IT organizations plan technology deployments, it is
critical to understand the impact hyperconvergence will have on
performance of applications over the wide area network (WAN). This
trend is indicative of growing demand for WAN optimization solutions. 
2012 Enhancements that increased Application Performance for Global
 Riverbed continues to deliver application performance
solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of global organizations,
regardless of where an employee or data is located. The family of
Riverbed WAN optimization solutions come in a variety of form
factors, including, physical, cloud edition, virtual edition and
mobile, to enable organizations to deliver unmatched performance for
large-scale data center-to-data center replication, "local"
performance for remote and mobile workers, and acceleration for
consolidated, cloud and virtualized environments. To meet customer
demands Riverbed introduced new and enhanced products to address the
growing demands of the global enterprise: 

--  The Steelhead CX 5055 model appliance and the Steelhead CX 7055 model
    appliance enable enterprises to more cost-effectively manage
    large-scale data center-to-data center replication and build large
    private cloud infrastructures.
--  Steelhead integration with Riverbed Granite(R)  enables
    organizations to create a powerful branch office platform that enables
    greater consolidation of branch infrastructure to the secure data
    center. This integration enables complete edge server and storage
    consolidation in the data center possible for the first time while
    still ensuring an accelerated and reliable end-user experience, even
    in the case of a WAN outage. Organizations are able to increase
    control over their entire IT infrastructure and reduce operational
    burdens, and create new possibilities for IT, including instant
    provisioning of branch offices from the data center and instant
    restore should disaster occur. This approach improves security, data
    protection, and performance, all while reducing the total cost of
    ownership of branch infrastructure.
--  The integration of VMware vSphere(R) into the Steelhead(R) EX
    model appliances provides organizations with a single platform for
    simplified, centralized management of distributed virtual services.
    When combined with award-winning Granite storage delivery solutions,
    organizations can consolidate edge data to the secure data center,
    while delivering local performance access to branch employees.
--  The Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) 8.0, the software that powers
    Steelhead appliances, enables organizations to prioritize more than
    600 applications based on the business needs, and also includes QoS
    for PCoIP traffic.
--  Steelhead Mobile 4.0 simplifies the management and provisioning of
    mobile users and devices and can now support up to 120,000 concurrent
    mobile users. Steelhead Mobile 4.0 also offers end-to-end Kerberos
    authentication support used by Microsoft applications and platforms
    including Active Directory and Windows Server, native optimization for
    SMBv2 traffic, and full-spectrum optimization for Outlook Anywhere.
--  Riverbed partnered with Juniper Networks to deliver best-in-class WAN
    optimization solutions, including plans to integrate Steelhead Mobile
    technology into the Juniper Networks(R) Junos(R) Pulse client to
    provide a mobile acceleration solution for mobile phones and tablets.
--  Cloud Steelhead extends Riverbed WAN optimization to a solution
    purpose-built for cloud computing environments by including
    cloud-intelligent features like transparent interception and a
    portal-based management system. When combined with the elasticity and
    subscription pricing model of AWS, organizations can easily install
    and scale within Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Virtual
    Private Cloud (VPC) environments.

Additional Resources 

--  Facebook
--  LinkedIn
--  Riverbed Blog
--  Riverbed Community
--  Twitter (@Riverbed)
--  YouTube

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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 May 3, 2013. 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
About Riverbed
 Riverbed delivers application performance for the
globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can
successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such
as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster
recovery without fear of compromising performance. By giving
enterprises the platform they need to understand, optimize and
consolidate their IT, Riverbed helps enterprises to build a fast,
fluid and dynamic IT architecture that aligns with the business needs
of the organization. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ:
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Jin Woo 
Riverbed Technology 
Renee Lyall
Riverbed Technology
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