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SAN FRANCISCO—April 23, 2013— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, announced today that David Wu has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. As a member of Riverbed's founding team in 2003, Wu was involved in the initial architecture of the award-winning Steelhead® wide area network (WAN) optimization appliance. More recently he is also the innovator behind the ground-breaking Granite® storage delivery solution that offers globally distributed enterprises a new approach to consolidating edge data to the secure data center while delivering local performance access to branch employees.
"David has been at Riverbed since the company's inception and throughout that time he has driven the development of all Riverbed products. Under his guidance, Riverbed has grown from one product line to many, and the company's offerings have expanded to continue to solve tough problems for our customers. As CTO, David will focus on technology innovation that will address the challenges of the new generation of IT," said Jerry Kennelly, chief executive officer for Riverbed.
In his tenure at Riverbed, Wu had led design and development for Riverbed's most innovative and successful products. Wu developed the initial architecture behind the Steelhead appliance and the Riverbed Optimization System (RIOS®), the software that powers Riverbed WAN optimization solutions. He also was responsible for the advanced development of Whitewater® cloud storage appliance that enables customers to seamlessly and securely backup to the cloud. Most recently, Wu was the primary inventor of Granite, which allows customers to consolidate branch back to the data center and create new possibilities for IT including instant provisioning of branch offices from the data center and instant restore should disaster occur. In his 10 years with the company, Wu has held several positions, including Vice President, Software Development and Senior Vice President, Research & Development. Wu will also lead more than 800 engineers in the development of new products and drive continued innovation to address the business and IT problems that globally distributed enterprises are grappling with as they transform their data centers.
"Riverbed continues to enable organizations to achieve greater levels of IT efficiency and consolidation, helping customers cut costs, increase productivity and collaboration. I look forward to continuing a very positive relationship with our customers to deliver innovation that meets the demand of evolving enterprises," said Wu.
Before joining the Riverbed founding team, Wu was the Director of Engineering at netVmg, acquired by Internap Corporation (INAP). Earlier, Wu served as Senior Engineering Manager at Inktomi Corporation, where he led the streaming media proxy group. He has seven patents issued and 36 pending patents relating to networking, programming languages, and databases. Wu holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Computer Science, both from University of California, Berkeley.
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