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Riverbed Announces Riverbed FORCE Keynotes and Free Live Virtual Event Nov. 4 on Breakthrough Innovations in Application Visibility and Control for Hybrid Enterprises

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Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD) , the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that Riverbed FORCE 2014, the company’s new, expanded user conference, will premiere November 3 – 6 at the San Jose Convention Center. The theme of the conference is The Hybrid Enterprise: How to Make Yours Perform at Its Peak. Session speakers will address, from both business and technical perspectives, how to manage the challenges of complexity brought on by combinations of on-premises and cloud-based applications delivered over combinations of private and public networks.

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Riverbed FORCE 2014 will feature General Session keynotes from business leaders and industry experts, including Crossing the Chasm author Geoffrey Moore, Intel CIO Kim Stevenson, and executives at Shell, Riverbed, Akamai, and Zscaler; 80 hands-on labs and technical sessions; free technical certification testing; and a Riverbed-Ready Technology Partner Pavilion. Approximately 1,000 customers, partners, industry analysts, press, and industry experts are expected to attend Riverbed FORCE in San Jose, Calif. In addition, Riverbed has just opened advance registration for a free live virtual event of the Riverbed FORCE General Sessions keynotes to be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4 (register at In addition to a world-class speaker line-up, the General Session keynotes will feature the launch of Riverbed SteelHead 9.0, delivering breakthrough innovations in application visibility, control and optimization to improve the performance of any application across the hybrid enterprise.

“As our new, expanded user conference, Riverbed FORCE 2014 is an opportunity for our customers to gain the tools and knowledge to address the complexity of hybrid architectures and help ensure their hybrid enterprise performs at its peak,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. “In addition, we’re planning major announcements for our flagship product, Riverbed SteelHead, which is now poised to do for the cloud what it has done for the wide area network over the last decade. Today, Riverbed has the most complete set of visibility and control solutions to optimize any application’s performance across the hybrid enterprise.”

The Rise of the Hybrid Enterprise

As Josh Greenbaum wrote in “The Rise Of The Hybrid Enterprise,” InformationWeek, February 24, 2012, “What’s really dead or dying is the pure on-premises business, and with it the notion that IT is a purely inside-the-firewall phenomenon. And what’s growing rapidly, aided and abetted by pure-play software-as-a-service vendors like Zuora and Salesforce, is the hybrid enterprise.” According to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises had deployed a private cloud service as of September 2013, and all but 11% plan to do so through 2014. The report noted that nearly three-fourths of large enterprises expect to have hybrid deployments by 2015.1

As a result of this trend, applications and data are everywhere today and IT architectural complexity is greatly compounded by the very nature of the hybrid enterprise. In addition, networks, the delivery channels that allow users to access these applications and data, are also going hybrid, with MPLS networks for mission-critical apps and the Internet for recreational traffic, SaaS, and backup. Today’s CIOs must provide an environment where users around the globe can access applications, data, and the underlying infrastructure – whether located on-premises in data centers and private clouds or consumed as services from public clouds, and no matter over what network they’re delivered – with an optimal experience for every end user in any work situation. That’s what it means to make the hybrid enterprise perform at its peak – which, because enterprises run on applications and data, is truly mission-critical for businesses.

Riverbed FORCE Conference Highlights

  • General Session keynotes with Crossing the Chasm author Geoffrey Moore, Intel CIO Kim Stevenson, Akamai Product/Development President Rick McConnell, Zscaler CEO and Founder Jay Chaudhry, Jay Haines of Shell, Riverbed Chairman and CEO, Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chief Scientist Hansang Bae, as well as Riverbed Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers, Paul O’Farrell and Mike Sargent.
  • Featured session speakers include leading industry analysts from Gartner and Forrester; IT leaders at Fortune 500 and global organizations.
  • 80 technical sessions and hands-on labs across the Riverbed product portfolio and covering key industry trends such as hybrid architectures, SDN and virtualization, branch converged infrastructure and much more (full sessions / hands-on labs agenda is available to view here).
  • Riverbed-Ready Technology Partner Pavilion featuring Microsoft, EMC, VMware, Arista, Amazon Web Services, IBM, Avaya, Dimension Data, Gigamon, and many others.
  • Spectacular evening events including a party at Levi’s(R) Stadium – new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Learn more at to attend the full conference or General Session keynotes in San Jose, California. To register in advance for the free live virtual event of the General Session keynotes and Riverbed SteelHead 9.0 launch on November 4, register at: Follow the event @Riverbed.

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Forward Looking Statements

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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at

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1 Gartner, “Private Cloud Matures, Hybrid Cloud Is Next,” September 2013.

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