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Riverbed Helps China National Satellite and Meteorological Center (NSMC) Deliver Timely Weather Forecasts Fully Optimize WAN Bandwidth Without Costly Bandwidth Upgrades; Helps NSMC Deliver Forec

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Riverbed Technology

2008-04-07 05:00:00

Riverbed Helps China National Satellite and Meteorological Center (NSMC) Deliver Timely Weather Forecasts

Fully Optimize WAN Bandwidth Without Costly Bandwidth Upgrades; Helps NSMC Deliver Forec

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–( EMWNews – April 7, 2008) – Riverbed Technology

(NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in

wide-area data services (WDS), announced today that the

National Satellite and Meteorological Center (NSMC), a

scientific research and operational facility affiliated with

the China Meteorological Administration, has selected and

deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® WDS appliances in its data

processing center and at three ground receiving stations at

locations across China. The deployment of the Riverbed WDS

solution gives NSMC faster access to satellite images and

allows NSMC to provide more accurate weather forecasts,

without costly bandwidth upgrades.

NSMC is China’s satellite weather monitoring, forecasting

and warning center and plays an essential role in weather

forecasting, natural disaster monitoring and subsequent

analysis of the impact of weather events and natural

disasters on the national economy. NSMC’s ground system

consists of three ground data receiving stations in

Guangzhou, Urumqi and Jamusi, together with a data

processing center in Beijing, which processes more than 300

GB of data in one day. Data from ground stations is

continuously collected and transmitted to NSMC’s data

processing center in Beijing.

Before deploying the Riverbed solution, NSMC’s Beijing data

processing center was connected to its other ground stations

through a 10MB WAN link. However, as the observation

capability of China’s weather satellite increased, WAN

traffic jumped one-hundred fold within a decade. The rising

role of satellites not only in weather forecasting, but also

in environment and disaster monitoring, exacts higher

requirements from weather satellite remote sensing and

ground stations alike, in turn exerting tremendous pressure

on NSMC’s wide area network (WAN).

“With Riverbed, we can now fully optimize our WAN bandwidth,

which ensures stable and reliable performance, while

harnessing the full power of our technology resources

through acceleration of our data-rich applications. Working

with Riverbed, we can now deliver all weather forecasts

faster so that millions of people have more lead time to

take action,” said Dr. Lin Manyun, from the Satellite

Operations Office of NSMC. “Additionally, in contrast to the

spiralling increased costs of expansion in bandwidth,

Riverbed Steelhead appliances bring us a higher return on

investment, enabling us to meet the demanding time-critical

data transfer objectives required for accurate weather

forecasting without costly bandwidth upgrades.”

“We are pleased that the National Satellite Meteorological

Center has selected Riverbed from among the WDS

alternatives. The Riverbed WDS solution is the industry’s

most comprehensive, supporting multiple protocols, different

configurations, and acceleration of the wide variety of

applications important to business. The Riverbed solution

alleviates multiple bandwidth bottlenecks simultaneously

while simplifying data management,” said Thomas Chin, vice

president of Riverbed Asia Pacific and Japan. “Today,

Riverbed has more than 3,500 customers around the globe.

Since our entry into the China market in 2005, we’ve focused

on our customers, facilitating collaboration between their

offices, and helping them to reduce IT costs. We intend to

maintain our commitment to providing WDS solutions that meet

the needs of our Chinese users.”

Dr. Lin commented on the selection of Riverbed Steelhead WDS

appliances: “Among the WDS products evaluated, the Steelhead

appliances offered the most complete solution, addressing

all aspects of WAN performance and accelerated more

applications and protocols than the alternatives. The

Riverbed product uniquely and dramatically improves the

throughput of our scientific applications. Unlike all other

products tested, the Steelhead appliances were quick and

easy to deploy and required no change to our existing

infrastructure. Finally, our user experience was

exceptional, with nearly all remote personnel commenting how

they now felt they were all operating within the same

location.”

Steelhead Products

The Riverbed WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes

to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor

application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote

sites. By speeding the performance of applications between

data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to

50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, Riverbed’s

award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to

consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to

ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and

collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in

organizations ranging from the world’s largest corporations

with offices around the globe to small companies with a

couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more,

view Riverbed’s demo: www.riverbed.com/pr/jack.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in

wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies

worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide

area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than

what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way

people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can

collaborate as if they were local. Additional information

about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at

www.riverbed.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements,

including statements relating to the expected demand for

Riverbed’s products and services, statements regarding

customer plans for additional Riverbed deployments, and

statements relating to Riverbed’s ability to meet the needs

of distributed organizations. 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 15, 2008. 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.

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor,

and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered

trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks

used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kristalle Ward
Riverbed Technology
415-247-8140

Robb Henshaw
Horn Group for Riverbed Technology
415-905-4028

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