The Leader in Application Performance

What We Do

Riverbed makes applications, websites, networks, data centers, the cloud, and remote offices work better. We bring the promise of digital transformation to life.

A storied company with a long legacy of market leadership, Riverbed pioneered WAN optimization. Since then we’ve expanded our solutions for the software-defined era. We’re at the center of hybrid networking, the cloud, SD-WAN, SaaS, mobile, big data, and infrastructure visibility. In short, we’re building a software-defined architecture for digital business.

Message from the CEO

Today, business performance depends on IT performance. That’s why 28,000 customers run on Riverbed.

Riverbed is founded.

Many of the founders, a dream team of technologists led by Jerry Kennelly who continues today as Riverbed Chairman and CEO, come from Inktomi, the first company to commercialize caching. Founded in May 2002, Riverbed’s mission is to eliminate distance and location as constraints in delivering applications.

First SteelHead ships.

Riverbed ships first the commercial Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization appliance, SteelHead, which reduces bandwidth requirements for applications by as much as 95% and improves application performance as much as 100x. SteelHead creates a new market for WAN optimization, which it has led ever since.

SteelHead goes mobile.

SteelHead, which is named technology of the year for WAN Optimization controllers by InfoWorld for the first year of eight straight years, is made available in a software client version for mobile devices, SteelHead Mobile, taking WAN Op on the road.

Riverbed optimizes the cloud.

Riverbed introduces solutions for the public cloud, including cloud-intelligent WAN optimization, a cloud storage gateway, and visibility into SaaS and cloud-based apps.

Riverbed expands branch orchestration and application visibility.

Riverbed introduces SteelFusion as a solution for branch IT sprawl, and acquires OPNET Technologies, a provider of Application Performance Management (APM) solutions, extending Riverbed SteelCentral’s leadership in network visibility across the entire IT infrastructure from server to click.

The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ is born.

In 2013, Riverbed, while surpassing $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time, introduces the Riverbed Application Performance Platform, a complete technical architecture for the age of hybrid and distributed IT which includes core solutions for visibility, optimization, control, and agility.

Riverbed revolutionizes SD-WAN.

Just as Riverbed revolutionized application delivery in 2004 with SteelHead, we began to quietly revolutionize software-defined networking in 2015 with a new, business-intent-based and application-driven approach that optimizes, automates, controls, and secures the delivery of on-premises and SaaS applications over any private or public network to every “edge” in the hybrid enterprise, whether remote users, branch offices, clouds, or data centers.

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