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TMCNet:  Riverbed Introduces Software Enhancements and New High Performance Hardware Models to Steelhead Product Family

[October 03, 2012]

Riverbed Introduces Software Enhancements and New High Performance Hardware Models to Steelhead Product Family

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct 03, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the performance company, today announced that it is introducing hardware appliance models and software enhancements to its industry-leading Riverbed(R) Steelhead(R) product family. As part of this announcement, Riverbed is introducing new high-performance Steelhead CX appliance model appliances with solid-state storage drives (SSDs) and enhancements to its Steelhead Mobile client software and Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS(R)), the software that powers the Steelhead appliance. The performance delivered by the new releases better enables global enterprises to consolidate and scale their IT from the data center and the branch to mobile workers, and to realize the benefits of modern data center transformation.

"As data centers continue to evolve, organizations are looking to simplify IT operations, and improve end-user experience without adding cost and complexity," said Miles Kelly, senior director, product marketing at Riverbed. "These new Steelhead models and software enhancements better enable global enterprises to consolidate and scale while delivering a consistent end-user experience." New Steelhead CX 5055 model appliance and Steelhead CX 7055 model appliance The new Steelhead CX 5055 model appliance and the Steelhead CX 7055 model appliance are tuned for high-performance by combining new levels of bandwidth and TCP session scalability with SSDs. These powerful new appliances efficiently scale to meet the performance, reliability and flexibility requirements of large enterprises, and allow them to more cost-effectively manage large-scale data center-to-data center replication, accelerate applications among many locations and users in an enterprise, and build large private cloud infrastructures. The new models result in an up to 50 percent increase in both wide area network (WAN) capacity and number of connections in a single appliance over the Steelhead 5050 model appliance and the Steelhead 7050 model appliance, respectively.

Additionally, organizations can leverage the Riverbed Interceptor(R) appliance to support up to one million connections to meet the requirements of the largest and most complex data center environments. This level of scale and reliability is a requirement for large-scale organizations that are virtualizing their infrastructure and consolidating their data centers into fewer regional locations.

Steelhead Mobile 4.0 The enhancements in Steelhead Mobile 4.0 simplify the management and provisioning of mobile users and devices while scaling to support up to 120,000 mobile users. Steelhead Mobile 4.0 now 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. Additionally, with new clustering capabilities and an enhanced user interface in Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC), enterprises have a simplified way to configure policies and can scale to meet the growing needs of an increasingly mobile workforce.

Industry's First Fine-Grained QoS for VMware View Environments Many organizations seeking to further extend the virtual edge are deploying VMware View(TM) to create a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). VDI offers a cost-effective and reliable way to manage end users in branch offices and streamline desktop and application management. However, inherent performance challenges with the WAN, including distance, latency, limited and costly bandwidth, and unforeseeable outages, can result in a poor experience for end users in VDI environments.

Building on the August 2011 announcement to partner with Teradici to better address IT infrastructure performance, in RiOS 8.0, Riverbed is offering the industry's first quality of service (QoS) for PCoIP(R) that delivers fine-grained control of VMware View virtual desktop traffic. The combination of WAN optimization and the ability to prioritize PCoIP at a granular level along with other traffic that traverses the same WAN helps organizations achieve the appropriate balance between desktop virtualization and business applications that traverse the same WAN.

New QoS Scalability Highlights Riverbed Optimization System Version 8.0 In RiOS 8.0, Riverbed expands its integrated QoS capabilities 6-fold over previous versions of RiOS with the ability to scale automatic identification and prioritization to more than 600 applications.

Availability RiOS 8.0, Steelhead Mobile 4.0, Steelhead CX 5055 appliance and Steelhead CX 7055 appliance are each expected to be generally available in Q4 2012.

Additional Resources -- Facebook -- LinkedIn -- Riverbed Blog -- Riverbed Community -- Twitter (@Riverbed) -- YouTube Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions and customer cost savings following implementation of Riverbed solutions, that may suggest likely or certain outcomes, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. 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 July 27, 2012. 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.

About Riverbed Riverbed delivers 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: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.

Riverbed and any Riverbed product or service name or logo used herein are trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used herein belong to their respective owners.

MEDIA CONTACT Jin Woo Riverbed Technology 415-344-6465 Email Contact INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT Renee Lyall Riverbed Technology 415-247-6353 Email Contact SOURCE: Riverbed Technology http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct id=3732ED548056701F http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct id=53AEAE31BE3BF779

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