Riverbed Rise Earns 5-Stars from CRN for the Second Year in a Row

Tami Bentz

We have some big news! CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Riverbed Rise a 5-Star rating in its 2019 Partner Program Guide.

This annual guide identifies the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today, offered by the top technology suppliers for IT products and services. The 5-Star rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2019 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each supplier’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.

Now entering its second year, Riverbed Rise is a performance-based program designed to reward all types of partners, business models and various customer technology consumption preferences. Built on simplicity, flexibility and profitability for partners, Riverbed Rise makes it easy for partners to understand how to achieve and continue to maintain their status. The program is flexible as it uniquely adapts to how customers consume technology and the multiple business models Riverbed partners’ go to market with to meet those customer needs. It enables partner profitability by rewarding achievement across key strategic activities and joint sales priorities.

“With new technologies emerging every year, evaluating which IT vendors to partner with grows increasingly more complex for solution providers,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “We are proud the CRN Partner Program Guide has become the trusted resource to identify the most rewarding partner programs and provides crucial insight into their strengths and benefits for the channel.”

“We are very pleased that Riverbed Rise retained CRN’s highest partner program rating,” said Bridget Bisnette, Senior Vice President of Global Partner Sales. “Riverbed Rise, now in its second year, has been met with resounding success as it provides partners simplicity, flexibility and profitability that is relevant and important to their business. Our goal for the coming year is to build out our digital experience management (DEM) and SD-WAN practices, along with new capabilities and capacity to support partner growth and market share. We look forward to a mutually successful year with our partners.”

The complete 2019 Partner Program Guide is featured online at