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Riverbed Strengthens Technology Leadership In Wan Optimization With New Release Of Rios Software For Steelhead Appliances

SAN FRANCISCO - October 19, 2009 - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced the upcoming release of version 6.0 of the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS), which powers Riverbed's award-winning WAN optimization solutions.  With RiOS 6.0, Riverbed continues to deliver industry-leading performance for the broadest range of applications and platforms being used in today's distributed IT and cloud infrastructure environments.  Riverbed continues to enable organizations to support more users on more platforms, with RiOS 6.0 featuring new and improved support for Citrix XenApp, Mac clients, Oracle E-Business Suite 12 and many web applications, such as Microsoft SharePoint and SAP.  In addition, Riverbed is building upon its lead in delivering solutions to enhance disaster recovery (DR) scalability with new features and higher performance for data center-to-data center replication.  This enhanced version of Riverbed WAN optimization is the most comprehensive to date, providing organizations the best approach for their distributed IT and private cloud infrastructures.

The Need for Speed
Enabling Citrix success without having to upgrade the WAN
Many organizations using Citrix XenApp have struggled with the performance and feasibility of delivering desktop virtualization across the WAN, impacting employee productivity and usability as a result. To expand its current acceleration for Citrix XenApp applications, Riverbed has simplified configuration and enhanced QoS capabilities for Citrix, with RiOS 6.0 delivering up to 83% bandwidth reduction and up to 50% better response times in real world environments.  This reduction in bandwidth will allow organizations to deploy more than twice the number of XenApp clients without having to increase bandwidth at remote sites, while improving performance at the same time.

"As more client platforms become common in the workplace, Riverbed continues to enhance its products to support the enterprises ever-changing needs," said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president at Yankee Group.  "In this release Riverbed is providing companies with more options to support cost-cutting initiatives like IT centralization, virtualization and data center consolidation. CIOs are continuing to look for tools that will help them solve the ongoing dilemma to cut costs while increasing performance.  WAN optimization is proving to be a viable solution to help them meet this challenge."

Macs up to 60 times faster
Consumer-side momentum with Apple products has been slowly making inroads in the enterprise, with more employees pushing IT departments to support Macs.  As end users expand their options for accessing information, they expect the same performance no matter their location, platform or client.  In RiOS 6.0, Riverbed introduces the ability to accelerate Mac clients with CIFS application-specific optimization.   

According to Thai Tran, the infrastructure administrator at ESA, a Riverbed customer, "Our Apple Mac users working across the WAN were experiencing delays browsing and accessing files. After we applied the new Mac CIFS optimization feature, the delay was dramatically reduced.  For example, prior to RiOS 6.0 an ESA employee downloading a 6.37 MB PDF located in the San Francisco office would wait more than three minutes to open it from a remote location. Once the Mac CIFS optimization was implemented, the same file took on average only three seconds to open. By accessing information 60 times faster, we're able to increase employee productivity and create a better end user experience."

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