San Francisco—October 21, 2010— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced the acquisition of CACE Technologies, Inc., a leader in packet capture and analysis products for wireless and wireline networks and the corporate sponsor of Wireshark, the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer. With the addition of CACE Technologies’ product line, Riverbed® will add state-of-the-art network traffic recording, analysis and inspection to its Cascade® network and application visibility solution. By bringing together the high-performing capabilities of these two products with market-leading wide area network (WAN) optimization, Riverbed will be the only vendor with an end-to-end IT performance solution that allows customers to understand application performance over networks, optimize the performance of those applications and then intelligently consolidate their IT into private or public clouds.
As organizations delve into strategic IT initiatives such as virtualization, IT consolidation and cloud computing, they are increasingly more dependent on the WAN. According to recent industry surveys, effectively managing the WAN to deliver end–to-end application performance has emerged as a top priority. Riverbed currently offers Cascade for enterprise-wide application performance analysis, discovery and dependency mapping, and proactive alerting on network and application performance bottlenecks. CACE Technologies’ flagship products, Shark Appliance and Pilot Console, offer a unique solution thanks to their intuitive user interface, their performance, and their seamless integration with Wireshark. The combination of the two product lines will provide a high-performing, complete application-aware network performance management (NPM) solution that spans the entire process of application discovery, end-to-end performance monitoring, and deep packet-level recording and analysis.
“The network is core to doing business today, and understanding the performance of applications across the network is critical. With the addition of CACE, Riverbed will be able to offer customers the tools they need to resolve the toughest performance issues and ensure the success of their network-driven businesses,” said Jerry Kennelly, chief executive officer at Riverbed.
Embracing the Wireshark Community
In addition to developing network analysis solutions, CACE is the sponsor of the award-winning Wireshark and WinPcap open source tools, the world’s most widely used tools for network traffic capture and analysis. The Wireshark community has millions of users and more than 400,000 downloads a month. “Riverbed understands the strong, independent and community-driven nature of Wireshark. We are dedicated to keeping Wireshark open and will continue with a strong commitment to the community as it continues to guide and develop the product just as it has in the past,” added Kennelly.
Leveraging the Riverbed Footprint In Computer Networks
Thousands of customers, including enterprises and government organizations, leverage Riverbed WAN optimization, including Steelhead® products, to improve remote and mobile employee productivity, enable private clouds, and provide enterprise-wide network and application visibility. With Steelhead appliances deployed broadly in data centers and branch offices, Riverbed is one of very few vendors in the industry with a footprint throughout the enterprise network. This wide distribution means that network managers can now enhance their performance management strategies by adding effective packet capture in the branch office without the need to invest in additional packet capture devices.
Today, Steelhead appliances provide packet capture capabilities out of the box. As a result of the acquisition, Steelhead appliances will work in conjunction with CACE products and Wireshark to provide an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective, instantly familiar, end-to-end visibility solution for organizations of all sizes.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the benefits expected to be provided to Riverbed and its business by the acquisition, statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, 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 the inability to successfully integrate the CACE business or product lines with our own. In addition, our results and actual outcomes are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to our overall business, including 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 30, 2010. 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.
Riverbed delivers application 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.
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