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Makes it Easy for Enterprises with Comprehensive Visibility Strategy to Accelerate Global Businesses

6 May 2008 – Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that it is expanding its partner ecosystem and alliances with select visibility partners within the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA).

Working together, Riverbed® and partners AlterPoint, OPNET, Compuware, Mazu Networks, NetDialog, and SolarWinds provide enterprises with complementary and compatibility-tested solutions to develop a comprehensive, best-of-breed strategy for managing their global business.

The combination of Riverbed and its visibility partners provides customers with the tools they need to analyse, manage and optimise their critical wide area network (WAN) infrastructure and ensure the best possible performance for all applications and all users, regardless of location. Customers are able to analyse their infrastructure to gain visibility into their communications infrastructure and business-critical applications. In addition, they are able to manage their resources to ensure efficient and consistent operation of their infrastructure and application environment. Lastly, by working with Riverbed and its partners, they are able to optimise their IT infrastructure to improve business performance.

"Customer implementations of the Riverbed WDS solutions have moved far beyond the tactical to the strategic," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. "As WDS has become the new network-based IT platform for the 21st century distributed workplace, major enterprises have made pre- and post-deployment visibility into all their traffic, accelerated or not, a requirement."

Riverbed visibility partners provide complementary solutions that address pre-deployment application performance simulation and planning, post-deployment application monitoring and visibility, performance trouble-shooting, policy and device configuration management, and service provider oriented service level agreements (SLA) reporting. RTA partners are complementary technology companies who share a common vision of accelerating application performance, simplifying network management and infrastructure, reducing replication and backup time-frames, and delivering significant savings as customers increasingly use the WAN to enable global business.

"While Riverbed offers good visibility and control tools with Steelhead® products, our approach has always been to give customers flexibility and choice," continued Saldich. "By partnering with other technology leaders that provide best-of-breed offerings, Riverbed delivers more complete solutions that integrate or interoperate with existing enterprise visibility solutions to give customers a view of their whole network, including Steelhead appliances."

With a comprehensive network management strategy, enterprises are better able to analyse, manage, optimise and accelerate business applications over the WAN. Enterprises can now leverage end-to-end network management and infrastructure to strategically utilise the following functions:

· Planning for network and server resources and components needed to optimise application performance before WDS products are deployed

· Visibility into key applications performance expectations and end user performance

· Identification and isolation of application performance problems

· Post-WDS deployment analysis to ensure, measure and report on performance gains

· Management capabilities to ensure compliance with internal guidelines and policies

· Network auditing capabilities to determine adherence with SLAs

"Network management is a key component to any IT operations. Network managers need tools that will make their job easier and do not introduce incompatibility challenges and expansive fees," said Tracy Corbo, Senior Analyst, Network and Service Management at IDC. "As the corporate network becomes more complex, enterprises will look to vendors that provide compatible solutions to support their business strategies, core management processes, and operations."

By working together, SolarWinds and Riverbed are able to deliver to our joint customers the tools they need to more proactively run their networks," said Josh Stephens, director of Technology, SolarWinds. "The additional visibility and control provided by SolarWinds will allow Riverbed customers to reap greater benefits from their Steelhead product deployments, including more intelligent deployment strategies and reduced operational expense."

"OPNET is delighted to participate in Riverbed's Technology Alliance program," stated Marc Cohen, OPNET's Chairman and CEO. "Our mutual customers will benefit significantly from the combination of our best-of-breed offerings, and the integrated support for Steelhead appliances in our full life-cycle solutions for application performance management."

"Mazu Networks brings an innovative and unrivalled approach to performance management by providing IT operations teams with intelligence based on the behavior of the network," said Alex Alvarez, director, business development, Mazu Networks. "Combining our leading behavior-based performance and availability solution with Riverbed's WDS enables customers to dramatically improve their ability to deliver critical business services."

Steelhead Products

Riverbed WDS solutions enable organisations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centres, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organisations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo:

About Riverbed®

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed® is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (Nasdaq: RVBD) is available at

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 the characteristics of the WDS market, statements regarding the outcome of Riverbed or Riverbed partner technology implementations, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organisations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialise 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 29, 2008. 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.

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