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Riverbed Positioned In The Leaders Quadrant Of Leading Analyst Firm’s Magic Quadrant For WAN Optimization Controllers

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
  • 16 July, 2009 10:59

<p>San Francisco – Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, has been positioned by Gartner in the leaders quadrant in the “WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) Magic Quadrant, 2009” published in June 2009 and authored by Andy Rolfe, Joe Skorupa and Severine Real.</p>
<p>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.”</p>
<p>To download the complimentary report visit, http://www.riverbed.com/lg/whitepaper-gartner-2009.php?CID=70170000000IqIo</p>
<p>According to the report, “Optimization techniques for wide-area networks (WANs) can improve most organizations' application response times, particularly where network latency is high, which is often due to centralization of servers and IT resources. Typically, WAN optimization controllers (WOCs) serve to prevent network latency having a severe impact on the performance of applications and underlying protocols. Through data reduction and prioritization techniques, WOCs can also help organizations avoid costly bandwidth upgrades.”</p>
<p>Riverbed® WAN optimization solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a wide range of IT infrastructure performance bottlenecks, including poor application performance, slow database backups and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by up to 100 times, the Riverbed award-winning Steelhead® products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration.</p>
<p>“Our leadership is reflected in our customer base of over 6,000 organizations. For the past 5 years, we’ve maintained leadership in the WAN optimization market because we stay focused on addressing customers’ ever-changing needs, which allows us to continually develop superior technology,” said Eric Wolford, senior vice president, marketing and business development at Riverbed. “We have been recognized for our excellent product reputation, broad application support, ease of installation and our managed service provider relationships. As the market matures we will continue to align our product and distribution strategies to support growing global organizations.”</p>
<p>The report positions vendors in one of four quadrants based on the companies’ vision and ability to execute on that vision. The four quadrants are Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. To view the report, visit: http://www.riverbed.com/lg/whitepaper-gartner-2009.php?CID=70170000000IqIo .</p>
<p>Riverbed: Q1 2009 Market Share Leader
In a recent Gartner report, "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 1Q09"1, Riverbed has been identified as the WOC (WAN optimization controller) Advanced Platform worldwide market share leader for 1Q09 based on revenue. In the same report, Riverbed is named the market share leader in the WOC category.</p>
<p>To learn more about the report, please visit: http://www.riverbed.com/company/news/press_releases/press_071309a.php .</p>
<p>1 Gartner, Inc., "Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 1Q09" by Joe Skorupa and Nhat Pham, June 2009</p>
<p>About the Magic Quadrant
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements about market share results for Q1 2009 that may suggest trends for our business, and statements relating to Riverbed’s ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations, grow or retain market share or grow the market as a whole. 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-Q filed with the SEC on April 30, 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.</p>
<p>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 www.riverbed.com.</p>
<p>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.</p>

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