Riverbed Accelerates Workforce

Nelson/Nygaard accelerates highly mobile workforce with Riverbed; deploys market-leading remote office & mobile client WDS solutions

January 24, 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO -- RiverbedTechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader inwide-area data services (WDS), today announced that Nelson/NygaardConsulting Associates, a nationally recognized transportation andtransit system design and development firm, successfully deployedRiverbed Steelhead(R) appliances at its five offices nationwide andSteelhead Mobile to half of its employees. With minimal operationalinvestment from its IT staff, Nelson/Nygaard increased productivityby delivering LAN-like speed to distributed employees, includingthose in branch offices and on the road. Nelson/Nygaard choseRiverbed(R) over Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) andothers because of its market-leading acceleration capabilities forboth remote offices and mobile workers, and its ease of installationand management.

Nelson/Nygaard serves clients across the globe, and providestransportation specialists with expertise in transit service,accessible and specialized transportation, multi-modaltransportation, smart growth projects and transit-orienteddevelopment, program management, financial planning, and publicparticipation and information. To ensure that professional expertisecan be applied regardless of an employee's location, teams are builtacross regions. As projects are designed and implemented, employeesfrom different offices collaborate on large 30-50 megabyte documentssuch as AutoCAD, ESRI and Adobe files. At any given time the companycan expect at least half of its employees to be traveling -- to a jobsite, at a client location, or anywhere in between -- requiring fastaccess to very large files. For mobile workers, files would oftentake longer than five minutes each to download, hinderingproductivity and resulting in the frustration of many mobile userswho would frequently complain to IT.

"With so many users working from branch offices and a myriad ofremote locations, IT was constantly receiving complaints about widearea network (WAN) performance and its ability to handle the largefiles we work with," said Raj Singh, chief information officer andpartner at Nelson/Nygaard. "Employees were getting so frustrated thatthey were taking matters into their own hands and buying hard drivesfor branch offices -- creating insecure copies of data. Given thatwe're an IT team of three, that just wasn't a situation we could livewith long-term. We needed a solution that we could get up and runningeasily, and manage without too much effort."

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