SAN FRANCISCO—March 11, 2013— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced the availability of new product capabilities, developer tools and a supporting community that allow IT professionals to customize and adapt their IT infrastructure to meet the demands of their business and improve the experience of their users. As developers and IT managers use this programmable infrastructure they create a performance platform that is highly flexible and inline with the needs of modern virtualized and software-defined IT architectures.
Riverbed's broad set of application performance solutions allows organizations to increase productivity and efficiency through performance acceleration and management. The new programmable infrastructure capabilities extend the rich reporting and management interfaces available in Riverbed® solutions and allow IT operators to create custom rules and views attuned to their organization's needs. By doing so, organizations can solve challenges with better visibility and control through a custom IT portal, automated provisioning and management within a software-defined data center, and intelligent closed-loop performance remediation.
"We encounter customers all the time whose needs are specific to their business and their infrastructure," said Eric Wolford, president of Riverbed Products Group. "Today, we are giving customers the ability to uniquely accelerate their business in a way that has never before been possible."
Core to these capabilities are new developer tools, called FlyScript, that enable integration and automation within the Riverbed performance platform, as well as with third-party tools and customers' proprietary software. In addition, Riverbed invites developers, programmers and operators to join Riverbed Splash, an online community where customers can learn more about using FlyScript to get better performance, control, and scale for their applications. Riverbed Splash also features best practices regarding configuring, deploying, and managing Riverbed products.
"In an effort to create a more dynamic and responsive IT environment, organizations are increasingly deploying new virtualization technologies and software-defined architectures. To extract the full value of these flexible environments, IT is also exploring how to customize and program these environments to best serve the unique needs of their business," said Bob Laliberte at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Riverbed's FlyScript developer tool kit enables IT to quickly create programmable infrastructures without requiring extensive training or experience, and accelerates the time to deploy a customized solution."
FlyScript: Customize, Integrate and Automate
The introduction of FlyScript developer tools builds on the scripting and customization capabilities of Riverbed Stingray® Traffic Manager, which allows organizations to build custom functionality or implement traffic management policies that are unique to an application. Adding to these capabilities, FlyScript developer tools now offer that programmability within the broader development and operations lifecycle.
As part of FlyScript developer tools, Riverbed introduced REST APIs for the Riverbed performance platform solutions, including Cascade® Shark, Cascade Profiler, and Stingray Traffic Manager. These REST APIs give developers a supported way to access raw data and manage the configuration of Riverbed solutions in an industry standard web service design model. To simplify the coding process for casual coders and application programmers, Riverbed introduced the Python Software Development Kit (SDK), built on top of fully documented and supported REST APIs to develop custom modules and applications. With FlyScript developer tools, operators can simplify and accelerate the execution of repetitive tasks with scripts that can be copied, pasted, and modified as needed to automate a wide range of functions, including configuration, deployment and monitoring, and testing for performance challenges.
FlyScript also allows operators and third-party systems integrators to pull data from multiple sources, as well as push configuration settings to multiple targets. This level of automation eliminates the need for IT organizations to rely on a number of different technologies to deliver IT services to end users and support business-critical objectives.
"Being able to provide customers with the visibility they need to monitor their application performance is a differentiated service offering," said Mark Terrill, principal consultant at O2 Networks, a Riverbed partner. "As our customers adopt our cloud services and require management consoles, we can use Riverbed FlyScript developer tools to expose the right level of data and configuration options to the end user while maintaining the level of control we require to ensure service levels."
"The introduction of FlyScript provides an opportunity to gain new efficiencies in complex, multi-vendor -- and increasingly virtualized -- deployments," said Gary Middleton, global business development director at Dimension Data, a Riverbed partner. "With service deployment options defined using FlyScript, and the ability to readily integrate into a broad set of tools, we can more easily and effectively automate the provisioning and management of infrastructure services."
"Historically, only a very few customers have been able to invest the hours required to build custom and differentiated capabilities," said Christopher White, senior director, Riverbed Technology Council. "With the emergence of software-defined data centers we are seeing even more customers design their data center based on their specific needs. Our programmable infrastructure solutions give customers and partners, whether a developer, programmer or operator, the access required to solve the problem however they see fit."
Splash: Customers Can Dive Into the Online Community
As Riverbed customers and partners seek to take advantage of FlyScript and programmability, the Splash Community will serve as a resource environment to learn, collaborate and share. This community will enable customers to not only engage with their peers through forums and technical blogs, but also interact with the Riverbed developers and support team. Riverbed will provide educational resources within Splash, including programming skills and best practices for all audiences, no matter their level of expertise. Developers looking to create scripts, modules, custom widgets and UI integrations that meet the specific requirements of their IT infrastructure can begin with the library found in Splash.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services. 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 19, 2013. 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.