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Riverbed Partners with Check Point to Deliver Virtualized Solutions Integrating Security and WAN Optimization

New Best-of-Breed Solution Streamlines Deployment of Remote and Branch Office Security
  • 21 May, 2009 16:00

<p>Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced a partnership with Check Point® Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP) to provide enterprise customers a single solution that combines Riverbed award-winning WAN optimization technology with Check Point’s leading security software. The joint solution will help companies protect and safeguard networks at remote and branch offices through a unique virtualized environment.</p>
<p>The partnership takes advantage of the complementary capabilities of the two companies’ technologies. The Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualized, extensible data services platform, allows customers to deploy best-of-breed edge services. Check Point Security Gateway R70™ provides customers a comprehensive set of centrally managed best-in-class security protections. Through Check Point’s unique Software Blade architecture, customers can select the exact security protections they need for an environment, including firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, antivirus, anti-spyware, URL filtering, Web security, anti-spam and policy management software blades. Customers can deploy virtual appliances, such as Security Gateway R70, directly on Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances to minimize complexity at the branch office and reduce costs and operational overhead.</p>
<p>“As a cost savings measure, many enterprises are looking to execute on IT consolidation initiatives. The RSP allows enterprises to streamline IT resources while lowering operational and capital costs,” said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. “By combining these business-critical services – from Check Point and Riverbed - in one solution at the branch, enterprises are able to take advantage of superior security and acceleration, while lowering operational costs.“</p>
<p>“The cooperation between Check Point and Riverbed brings customers WAN optimization together with robust security, all in a single solution,” said Amnon Bar-Lev, vice president of field operations at Check Point. “Check Point Security Gateway R70 on Riverbed’s Steelhead appliance is a creative approach that leverages virtualization technology and adds to it Check Point’s renowned security capabilities.”</p>
<p>Running on the RSP will offer customers the combination of Check Point’s market-leading security and the core Riverbed acceleration functionality within a single hardware platform – the Steelhead appliance. Using the RSP, customers can deliver virtualized edge services for branch offices that are both best-of-breed and cost-effective.</p>
<p>Based on Check Point’s new Software Blade architecture, Check Point Security Gateway R70 provides businesses with flexible security. The Software Blade architecture empowers businesses with the ability to select the exact security applications or “software blades” they need from a library of over 20 software blades. New software blades can be added without deploying new hardware, reducing deployment times and operational costs.</p>
<p>“Consolidation at the branch is a top priority for enterprises as they look to implement cost-cutting initiatives. Enterprises, however, are challenged with keeping their IT infrastructure secure and their workforces efficient, while eliminating costs across the organization,” said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “The partnership between Check Point Software and Riverbed provides a solution to these challenges by providing best-of-breed security and WAN optimization on one virtualized platform. By taking advantage of the virtualized platform, organizations can eliminate operational costs without compromising the performance or security of their IT infrastructure.”</p>
<p>Availability</p>
<p>The joint solution is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2009. Check Point Security Gateway R70 for Riverbed Steelhead appliances can be purchased through Check Point’s worldwide network of value-added resellers. Additional information can be found at: www.checkpoint.com/products/index.html#gateways.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statements</p>
<p>This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements relating to future functionality of the Riverbed Services Platform, 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-Q filed with the SEC on April 30, 2009. 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.</p>
<p>About Riverbed</p>
<p>Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility – all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.</p>
<p>Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, Think Fast, the Riverbed logo, Mazu, Profiler and Cascade are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.</p>
<p>About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.</p>
<p>Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.</p>

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