SAN FRANCISCO—April 01, 2015— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced it has been awarded a 5-Star rating in The Channel Company's CRN 2015 Partner Program Guide for the 7th consecutive year. This annual directory is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.
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"Riverbed and our partners have a significant opportunity to provide our customers with the end-to-end visibility, optimization, and control for superior application performance and to manage the complexity of their hybrid enterprise," said Karl Meulema, Senior Vice President Global Channels, Riverbed. "We are building an all-encompassing channel program around five guiding principles: consistency, predictability, value based, across products and services, and keeping it simple. It's an exciting time to be at Riverbed as we work with our partners to help customers excel in the hybrid enterprise."
The Riverbed Channel
The Riverbed ecosystem spans approximately 3,000 partners worldwide, including technology partners, resellers, distributors, service providers, and integrators. Riverbed works with a broad group of partners to extend the value of its offerings for the hybrid enterprise with a range of implementation, integration, and value-added services. A hybrid IT environment is typical for enterprises today and includes a combination of on-premises, SaaS, and cloud-based applications, delivered over an evolving mix of private and public networks.
This year, Riverbed is hosting the IMPACT Global Partner Summit, May 19 through May 21 in San Diego, Calif. IMPACT will bring 300 of the company's most influential partners together with Riverbed leadership in a first-ever event focused entirely on Riverbed partners. Riverbed is focused on the critical role that partners play in its business, and during IMPACT the company will outline paths to drive even more growth together.
On November 4, Riverbed announced the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance Program creating a vibrant ecosystem of technology partner solutions around the Riverbed Application Performance Platform. By integrating Riverbed products with their own solutions, partners leverage Riverbed's advanced technologies and market-leading products to enhance their competitive advantage. Partners can assure customers that their Riverbed-Ready solutions are tested, verified, and supported.
"Solution providers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor, with the right technologies, and the right approach can make all the difference," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star rating recognizes the best channel programs available in the market today to help solution providers determine which vendors deliver the best partner elements for their individual business goals."
To determine the 2015 5-Star recipients, The Channel Company's Research team assessed each vendor's application based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.
The 2015 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.
About The Channel Company
The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.