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Riverbed Steelhead Appliances Deployed by Orange as a Managed Service

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 5:01am
The Associated Press

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Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that Groupe MORNAY, a Paris-based social welfare company, has selected and deployed 16 Riverbed@ Steelhead@ appliances and the Riverbed Central Management Console (CMC) as part of a managed service offering from Orange Business Services. The Riverbed deployment resulted in a 10x reduction in bandwidth utilization, which has enabled the company to cut bandwidth costs by 30 percent. In addition, file transfer times have been reduced by as much as 85 percent, resulting in improved employee productivity.

Groupe MORNAY is one of the leading French players in the social welfare sector, providing complementary pension schemes and group and individual protection to approximately 200,000 companies and 2.5 million people across France.

Prior to the Riverbed deployment, Groupe MORNAY users at remote sites began to complain of poor application performance, which was affecting their productivity. In addition, in an effort to reduce overall IT costs and improve the manageability of data and applications, Groupe MORNAY's IT center, ARAMICE, planned to consolidate its data and applications into a central data center.

ARAMICE first attempted to solve the user performance issues by increasing bandwidth at remote sites to 45Mbps. However, the increase had little impact on application performance and users continued to complain about slow download times. It was at this point that Groupe MORNAY's service provider, Orange Business Services, introduced the company to Riverbed and its WAN optimization solutions.

Working with Orange, ARAMICE extensively tested offerings from Cisco, Packeteer (now Blue Coat), Expand and Riverbed. Following this testing, Groupe MORNAY deployed Riverbed Steelhead appliances at 16 locations. Groupe MORNAY also deployed the CMC, which simplifies the process of deploying, configuring and managing Steelhead appliances while providing visibility into the underlying performance of applications running across the WAN.

According to Philippe Etourneau, architecture and infrastructure director at Groupe MORNAY, the company chose Riverbed because its Steelhead appliances delivered the best performance for all tests completed, including a simple installation process, the best acceleration of applications and ease of management.

"We had very high expectations of any WAN optimization solution," said Etourneau. "Our core requirements were that the product be non-intrusive and require no changes to our existing configuration. We also needed a solution that provided maximum transparency in terms of application and network behavior, while delivering the best performance across all of our critical applications. Riverbed delivered on all our requirements better than the other vendors."

The deployment has allowed Groupe MORNAY to reduce bandwidth costs by 30 percent. In addition, the time taken to download files has been reduced from 15 minutes to two and a half to three minutes, resulting in improved user satisfaction and productivity. According to Etourneau, "After the Riverbed deployment, users enthusiastically contacted the IT department spontaneously to find out what was going on and why their applications were so fast. We've seen major productivity gains and a clear improvement in working conditions at our regional sites."

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 October 30, 2009. 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 informatio n 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 Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility -- all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com (http://www.riverbed.com) .

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, Think Fast, the Riverbed logo, Mazu, Profiler and Cascade are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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