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Riverbed to Demonstrate Solution for Complete Server and Storage Consolidation at Storage Networking World Spring 2012 Conference

Company's Performance Solutions Enable Enterprises to Rethink IT Architecture; Customer to Present Real World Experience Using Performance Solutions (March 27, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/12 -- Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the performance company, today announced its participation at Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2012 Conference, taking place April 2-5, 2012 at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX. SNW Spring 2012 Conference brings together IT professionals to share the latest user successes and challenges, products, tools, services and training to manage and optimize the information infrastructure across the data center and remote offices -- from compute to network to storage. During the conference, Riverbed® (booth #213) will demonstrate how its performance platform enables globally connected enterprises to rethink their architecture as they pursue complete server and storage consolidation and look to extend the boundaries of the data center to the edge of the enterprise without compromising performance.

Organizations worldwide are using Riverbed's broad suite of performance solutions that span wide area network (WAN) optimization, edge virtual server infrastructure (edge-VSI), application-aware network performance management (NPM), application delivery, web content optimization (WCO), and cloud data protection for backup and disaster recovery. To share a real-world experience using Riverbed performance solutions, customer Patrick Lynch of ExactTarget will discuss his organization's use of WAN optimization solutions and his plans to evaluate cloud storage as a key part of the company's disaster recovery (DR) strategy. Conference-goers can attend the case study presentation by Mr. Lynch:

What: ExactTarget Case Study: Optimizing Disaster Recovery
Who: Patrick Lynch, Manager, Network, ExactTarget
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Where: SNW Spring 2012, Dallas Omni Hotel

ExactTarget, a leading global provider of on-demand email marketing and interactive marketing solutions, services customers by sending out seven billion emails per month. The company has roughly four petabytes of data under storage, including customer and configuration/system databases, which it replicates between its Indianapolis and Las Vegas data centers. Consumer click data for its customers is mission critical, with a 100% uptime requirement. However, latency led to slow data transfers and underutilization (10%) of the available bandwidth. By deploying WAN optimization technology, ExactTarget was able to speed replication by 20% and is now able to better utilize available bandwidth. And while backups are currently done with tape, the company is planning to evaluate cloud storage as a key part of its DR strategy.

Though organizations reap great benefits from IT consolidation initiatives, ultimately having data and servers living in fewer places, they encounter performance challenges and the need to protect data more often and recovering quickly becomes increasingly important. To overcome performance challenges associated with DR and business continuity, many organizations are deploying Steelhead® products to accelerate DR making the process more efficient and reliable, as well as Whitewater® cloud storage gateways to enhance data protection, thereby improving their recovery time (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO). To support customers that are restructuring their IT architecture to achieve complete consolidation, Riverbed recently introduced a revolutionary solution, Granite™, which enables customers to increase control of their IT infrastructure and eliminate costly backup and recovery processes in remote locations by consolidating underutilized edge servers and storage.

Accelerate Replication Times Without Sacrificing Performance: WAN Optimization
Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimization solutions help distributed organizations consolidate IT infrastructure to increase productivity and efficiency, while enhancing business resilience and controlling costs. As replication has emerged as a preferred strategy for more frequent and seamless protection of storage between data centers, many enterprises have also chosen to deploy Riverbed Steelhead appliances to accelerate DR operations by, in some cases, up to 55 times, and to reduce WAN bandwidth requirements by up to 95 percent.

Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateways for Easy, Secure and Efficient DR
Whitewater gateways deduplicate, compress and encrypt backup data to reduce storage costs in the cloud. Whitewater enables organizations to easily and securely obtain the benefits of the public cloud's flexibility, scalability and pay-per-use pricing, without changes to their existing infrastructure. This frees data protection staff from labor-intensive tape backup and tape infrastructure management with no changes to their operations. In the event of a disaster, the secure cloud copy can be restored to any location and provides a strong DR solution without the need to purchase and maintain expensive hardware in remote locations.

Rethinking the Architecture -- Edge-Virtual Server Infrastructure: Granite
Granite is the revolutionary product that introduces a new architectural approach known as edge virtual server infrastructure (edge-VSI) that enables global enterprises to completely consolidate edge applications, servers and storage to the data center. Edge-VSI does to edge servers what virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for desktops. Applications and services are virtualized and managed from a central data center, yet projected out to the edge of a network where they perform as if they were local. Granite radically reduces operational burden on IT managers while massively increasing their control over the infrastructure -- all at a lower TCO.

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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, customer payback following implementation of Riverbed solutions, cost savings resulting from 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-K filed with the SEC on February 10, 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

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