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KORN/FERRY INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYS RIVERBED

Global Executive Recruiting Firm completes Asia-Pacific installation of Riverbed Steelhead appliances; Verizon selected to deliver solution in conjunction with MPLS network
  • 29 June, 2009 16:09

<p>SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced the deployment of Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances at all 17 of Korn/Ferry International’s Asia-Pacific offices. The Steelhead appliances have accelerated Korn/Ferry International’s key business applications by more than 6X, while drastically reducing its wide area network (WAN) traffic volume. As a result, employee productivity and satisfaction with resource accessibility have increased, and Korn/Ferry International’s employees are now able to collaborate across regions without delay. In addition, deployment of the Riverbed solution allowed Korn/Ferry International to avoid a network upgrade, thus saving the organization substantial costs.</p>
<p>Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) is a premier global provider of executive recruitment services. The firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to identify, deploy, develop, retain and reward their talent. Korn/Ferry International has 90 offices in 40 countries around the world and has a workforce of over 2,000 employees.</p>
<p>“Korn/Ferry International employees need to collaborate globally, as well as to share information on our clients’ needs and our available talent pool,” said Stein Bang, senior director of IT for Asia-Pacific at Korn/Ferry International. “Several of our key IT applications are hosted in our Los Angeles data center. We need a solution that delivers to our employees in Asia LAN-like performance for these and other distributed IT applications. At the same time, though, we must be cost-effective in our IT investments. Meeting both priorities can be quite a challenge.”</p>
<p>Starting in late 2007, Korn/Ferry International began the rollout of a new MPLS network to interconnect all of its Asia-Pacific offices. “During 2007, we made the decision to upgrade our regional WAN. Since we were also planning to consolidate our distributed email servers, we knew that we needed WAN optimization technology as a critical part of this solution,” said Mr. Bang. “We evaluated products from five vendors before selecting our WAN optimization solution. After a rigorous evaluation, we selected Riverbed, whose offerings were clearly the best due to their ease-of-installation, superior performance and reasonable cost,” continued Mr. Bang. “Verizon was selected due to its excellent global and regional presence – and its ability to supply the Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimization products together with its MPLS network service.”</p>
<p>“Before we installed the Riverbed Steelhead appliances, it would have taken the Singapore office approximately two minutes to download a 20 MB file from another branch office like Hong Kong, but it now takes less than 20 seconds," added Mr. Bang. “The Riverbed solution is an excellent complement to Verizon’s MPLS service. Many users have commented positively about the time they’re able to save each day since we installed these products.”</p>
<p>“We have been successful in upgrading our WAN service and, more important, the critical business applications that run on top of it,” said Mr Bang. “With the increased application performance, we have been able to consolidate 14 email servers down to 4, and we are looking to do the same with our SQL servers in the near future. This has saved us a lot of money – and actually improved application performance to the end users. It’s quite a remarkable result.”</p>
<p>The business benefits of the Riverbed solution have been so significant that Korn/Ferry International has expanded the deployment to include seven key locations in Europe and the United States, including the company’s global headquarters in Los Angeles.</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, 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 Korn/Ferry International</p>
<p>Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, develop, retain and sustain their talent. Visit www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.</p>

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