SAN FRANCISCO and SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 19, 2008 – Riverbed Technology,
Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data
services (WDS), and Fortinet, a pioneer and leading provider of unified
threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced an alliance that
enables the two companies to deliver complementary best-of-breed
security and application acceleration solutions to enterprise customers
for managing their distributed workforces.

Through Fortinet’s Elite-level membership in the Riverbed Technology
Alliance (RTA), Fortinet, Riverbed® and their channel partners can
immediately provide security and WDS solutions for remote offices, data
centers and mobile workers that are functionally superior to those of
competing alternatives.

“Together, Riverbed and Fortinet address the need that enterprises have
to secure their data; accelerate the performance of applications
running on wide area networks (WANs); and reduce IT infrastructure
complexity and costs,” said Mark Williams, principal architect for
enterprise infrastructure at Mercury Insurance. “Implementation of two
market-leading technologies such as WDS solutions from Riverbed and
Fortinet’s ASIC-accelerated integrated security appliances should meet
this need while instilling confidence in enterprise companies of all

This partnership takes advantage of the complementary capabilities of
the companies’ two product lines and the ability to cross-sell to their
broad global customer bases. Riverbed and Fortinet combined have nearly
30,000 customers, spanning enterprise vertical markets and service
providers, and approximately 2,000 distributors and resellers who can
benefit from the comprehensive solutions that this partnership will

"As a provider of comprehensive IT solutions for global enterprise
customers, HP Network Services certainly sees the need for unified
security and application acceleration solutions to improve network
security, performance and total cost of ownership," said Dan Socci,
vice president of HP Network Services. "We’ve already had a successful
partnership with Riverbed and Fortinet in delivering these services to
customers in EMEA and look forward to expanding our relationship to
other parts of the world."

Delivering Security and High-Performance

Enterprises across all industries are more geographically distributed
and increasingly face the challenge of managing and delivering services
to branch offices, telecommuters and other mobile workers. At the same
time, IT is more decentralized than ever, creating performance and
security issues. Reconciling these competing demands while at the same
time delivering secure, high-performance applications and data over
WANs is a challenge that many IT organizations currently face.

Fortinet, the confirmed worldwide UTM market leader according to IDC,
provides ASIC-accelerated integrated security appliances, which are
used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security
while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built
from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection
– including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, Web
filtering, spyware prevention and anti-spam – designed to help
customers protect against network and content level threats. Delivered
via its flagship FortiGate™ family of appliances, Fortinet provides a
flexible and extensible platform of security applications and services
that enable customers to deploy and centrally-manage the same
comprehensive level of protection at remote locations as they have for
headquarters and data center environments. In addition, Fortinet’s
virtualized network security allows enterprises to virtualize, or
"divide" multi-threat security appliances into multiple, separately
provisioned and managed instances through integrated virtual domain, or
VDOM. Now, with this partnership with Riverbed, a distributed network
topography no longer means making compromises in network security or

“This alliance marks the coming together of two industry visionaries
and leaders – Riverbed and Fortinet – to address enterprise
requirements for keeping bad traffic out of the network and
accelerating and securing known good traffic and applications,” said
Michael Rivers, vice president of corporate development for Fortinet.
“Our approach of consolidating critical network security applications
and services onto a single high-performance platform has proven
successful in the market because it reduces the complexity and cost of
securing a network. Our partnership with Riverbed offers a very
complementary approach to addressing another key network requirement –
acceleration of applications and data over the WAN.”

WDS solutions from Riverbed accelerate applications and data for remote
offices, data centers and mobile workers across WANs, making them run
up to 100 times faster. The speed delivered by Riverbed WDS solutions
allows organizations to be more nimble, flexible and competitive by
enabling IT consolidation without sacrificing user performance,
allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating end user
frustration caused by slow applications, dramatically shortening backup
and replication times, reducing traffic on WANs, and even enabling
mobile workers to be significantly more productive. To learn more, view
Riverbed’s demo:

“More than 3500 customers have chosen Riverbed,” said Alan Saldich,
vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. “We
deliver the industry’s best-performing WDS solutions for the
applications that are important to business. And, we deliver that
market-leading speed in a broad set of scalable solutions that
integrate simply and easily into existing IT infrastructure, from the
data centers at the world’s largest companies, down to single
individuals using laptops. When our customers require a comprehensive
security solution, we recommend that they select a best-of-breed
solution such as Fortinet. By partnering with Fortinet, we are able to
provide our existing and new customers a broad and more comprehensive
solution versus our competitors.”

Both Riverbed and Fortinet have received industry-wide recognition from
numerous analysts and product awards. The Riverbed Steelhead®
appliances and the Steelhead Mobile client software were most recently
recognized by InfoWorld as a "Technology of the Year” for the best WAN
Accelerator for the fourth consecutive year. Fortinet was declared the
UTM market leader by IDC for all of 2006 and continues to lead the
market as of the third quarter of 2007. Both companies continue to add
successful customer implementations to their roster and showcase
stellar competitive win rates. And, Gartner has named both Riverbed and
Fortinet to the leader quadrant in their respective industry reports –
the WAN Optimization Controllers Magic Quadrant, 2007 and the
Enterprise Network Firewall Magic Quadrant, 2H07.

About Fortinet (

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated
unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by
enterprises and service providers to increase their security while
reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the
ground up to integrate multiple levels of security
protection–including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN,
spyware prevention and anti-spam — designed to help customers protect
against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and
unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security
functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions
with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won
multiple awards around the world and are the only security products
that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: (Firewall, Antivirus,
IPSec, SSL, Network IPS, and Anti-Spyware). Fortinet is privately held
and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Steelhead Products

Riverbed’s 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:

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed’s products and
services, 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.

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

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