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August 04, 2015 3:27 AM ET

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Company Overview of Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Company Overview

Riverbed Technology, Inc. provides application performance infrastructure solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers the Riverbed Application Performance Platform, a set of solutions that ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are diagnosed and cured before end users even notice. Its platform enables enterprises visibility to deliver, control, and optimize IT resources across the hybrid enterprise. The company's products include application acceleration products comprising wide area network optimization products consisting of Riverbed SteelHead and Riverbed SteelFusion; Ri...

680 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2002

2,555 Employees





Key Executives for Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 64
President of Worldwide Field Operations
Age: 53
Senior Vice President of Corporate & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary
Age: 41
Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President
Age: 53
Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President
Age: 56
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Riverbed Technology, Inc. Key Developments

Riverbed Solutions Improve Performance of Business-Critical Apps and IT Infrastructure Planning at SAS

Riverbed Technology announced that SAS is able to more quickly troubleshoot application performance problems, streamline web application design, and improve IT infrastructure planning using Riverbed SteelCentral application performance management (APM) solutions. SteelCentral AppResponse and SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer provide in-depth visibility into the many factors influencing application performance in hybrid IT environments, which allows SAS to ensure that its business-critical applications perform well regardless of how they are accessed (WAN or Internet) and where they are hosted (company’s data center or public cloud). SAS chose Riverbed SteelCentral solutions after trying two other application performance monitoring options. The company installed two AppResponse appliances in its North Carolina data center. One monitors the company’s three Internet carriers as well as the site-to-site VPNs SAS uses to connect with its major customers. The second appliance monitors the company’s WAN. For additional functionality, SAS uses Transaction Analyzer transaction trace analysis and performance prediction software. In addition to troubleshooting, SAS uses AppResponse to help developers improve web-based applications. AppResponse web transaction analysis allows them to break down the various constituents of a web page.

Riverbed Technology Introduces Riverbed SteelHead 9.1

Riverbed Technology introduced Riverbed SteelHead 9.1, delivering new capabilities that are designed to ensure cloud applications perform as expected and provide IT the visibility, optimization, and control to deliver applications over hybrid WANs (wide area networks) to maximize business performance and cost efficiency. Wherever applications are delivered, wherever data resides, and wherever users work in today’s complex enterprise environments, SteelHead 9.1 allows IT teams to deliver applications over hybrid networks strategically and securely by leveraging low-cost, public Internet links for business critical workloads to maximize return on investment (ROI). In addition to this new direct-to-net capability, Riverbed has expanded Riverbed SteelHead SaaS optimization and flexibility with new universal SaaS licensing and performance optimization for Box, ServiceNow, SAP SuccessFactors, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in addition to support for Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365, which SteelHead already provides. The typical enterprise is hybrid, doing business with a combination of on-premises, SaaS, and cloud-based applications and infrastructure. As more and more SaaS applications are introduced into the enterprise, IT must deliver them with the best balance of both cost and performance to support business objectives. While hybrid architectures and SaaS applications help organizations lower costs and reduce time to market, they also create management challenges for CIOs and IT teams as they attempt to deliver an optimal and consistent end-user experience. In the cloud era, however, overcoming latency, controlling network paths for performance, managing bandwidth and infrastructure costs, ensuring quality of service (QoS), and having network visibility have become increasingly difficult because there are even more applications with even more network connections that no longer fall within IT’s realm of control. Riverbed SteelHead helps organizations address the challenges of the cloud by enhancing visibility, optimization, and control of today’s hybrid WANs to maximize application performance and employee productivity while minimizing costs and complexity. The latest updates allow IT to deliver the best end-user experience for all applications with secure optimization across all networks, including the public Internet. Secure Performance Improvements for the Internet: With employees increasingly requiring access to the Internet for research, social media, file sharing and collaboration sites, Video on Demand (VoD) and even YouTube, SteelHead 9.1 extends IT’s control to the public Internet with new capabilities and benefits: Embedded web proxy enhances Internet performance. Riverbed delivers the most comprehensive solution to improve end-user experience and reduce traffic over direct-to-net connections. SteelHead 9.1 introduces a fully embedded, transparent HTTP(S) proxy with web-object caching for all Internet traffic. This saves bandwidth by preventing subsequent transfers of potentially large files, and, by terminating the request locally, eliminates connection set-up time, further improving application performance. These capabilities are especially beneficial for large video objects, which employees use more and more for training and town hall meetings. Universal SaaS optimization for scalability. With the SteelHead 9.1 release, SteelHead SaaS customers will gain new flexibility and productivity improvements at just $1.99 per user per month with universal licensing. Offered as a subscription, SteelHead SaaS accelerates the delivery of SaaS applications, providing up to 33 times faster application performance and 97% reduction in bandwidth. It offers the flexibility to get performance optimization for the applications that are most important to a business and to scale quickly, helping contain costs and improve business agility. New capabilities and benefits for SteelHead SaaS include: New universal license for all supported SaaS applications. With SteelHead 9.1, SteelHead SaaS is now offered as a single-subscription-per-user for all supported SaaS applications. Customers can instantly activate optimization for additional SaaS applications with just a click of a button within the management console, with nothing more to buy. Performance optimization for more SaaS applications. Enterprises leverage a number of different SaaS applications to keep their business operations running, but going from hosted applications to SaaS often comes with challenges to network capacity, application performance, and end user experience. In addition to the application-specific optimization, visibility, and control previously provided for and support for Microsoft Office 365, SteelHead 9.1 now allows seamless activation for application optimization for Box, ServiceNow, SAP SuccessFactors, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM at no additional cost. SteelHead SaaS now brings even more proven performance improvements for these SaaS workflows.

Riverbed Technology Introduces New Portfolio of Professional Consulting Services

Riverbed Technology, Inc., a provider of application performance infrastructure, has introduced a new portfolio of professional consulting services to help customers maximize the value of their Riverbed solutions for improved business performance by optimizing application performance across their hybrid IT environments. Three new offerings are designed to help customers leverage the Riverbed Application Performance Platform for superior visibility, optimization, and control within their increasingly complex IT environments. In response to these challenges, Riverbed Professional Services has designed three new services to help customers protect, optimize, and maximize the investments they have made in Riverbed Application Performance Platform solutions. The new services include: Technology Adoption Service; Optimization Assurance Service for Riverbed SteelHead; and Application Analytics and Diagnostics Service. Technology Adoption Service assesses and directs the activities needed to achieve widespread success and improves the long-term business value of Riverbed SteelCentral, Riverbed SteelFusion and Riverbed SteelHead. The new service integrates a customer's technology investment into best practice operational processes, helping the customer measure business value by linking key performance indicator (KPI) improvements enabled by Riverbed solutions to their desired business outcomes. Optimization Assurance Service for Riverbed SteelHead assesses a customer's SteelHead deployment and recommends changes to maximize the performance of critical applications. The service also provides best practice troubleshooting and change management guidelines so customers can confidently protect and leverage their SteelHead solutions even as their applications and networks evolve. Combining performance management solutions from SteelCentral with the added skills and expertise of Riverbed Professional Services consultants, customers can leverage this application analytics and diagnostics service to continually improve the performance of targeted on-premises, SaaS and cloud applications. The service is available to both current and prospective SteelCentral customers, and includes baselines to understand current performance; troubleshooting and root cause analysis to isolate and correct problems before they become severe; and performance trending to help prevent future problems from occurring.

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