Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology LLC
IndustryInformation Technology Services
FoundedMay 23, 2002
United States
Key people
Dan Smoot (CEO)
ProductsUnified Observability, Network Visibility, End User Experience Management, SD-WAN, WAN optimization, application performance management, network performance monitoring
BrandsAlluvio, Aternity
OwnerApollo Global Management
Number of employees
1,200 (2020)
Websitewww.riverbed.com Edit this at Wikidata

Riverbed Technology is an American information technology company. Its products consist of software and hardware focused on Unified Observability, Network Visibility, End User Experience Management,[clarification needed] network performance monitoring, application performance management, and wide area networks (WANs), including SD-WAN and WAN optimization.

Riverbed has its headquarters in San Francisco. Founded in 2002, the company was recapitalized in Dec 2021 and its majority shareholder is Apollo Global Management.[1]


Jerry Kennelly, former CEO, and Steve McCanne, former CTO, founded a technology company in May, 2002, originally named NBT (Next Big Thing) Technology.[2] The company became Riverbed Technology in 2003.[3] Kennelly and McCanne led internal development of the first SteelHead appliances, the 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000 models, and the first SteelHead shipped in April 2004 to Environment Canada.[4]

Riverbed stock began trading on NASDAQ September 21, 2006.[5] Riverbed opened up an off-site location at Research Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before 2009.[6]

In February 2014, the US hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation made a $3.36 billion offer to acquire Riverbed (after a bid of $3.08 was rejected).[7]

In October 2014 NetApp acquired Riverbed's SteelStore line of data backup and protection products,[8] which NetApp later renamed as "AltaVault".[9]

On December 15, 2014, Riverbed announced it would be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The value was estimated at approximately $3.6 billion,[10] and closed in April 2015.[11]

On April 3, 2018, Riverbed announced the retirement of co-founder and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly and appointment of Paul Mountford as CEO.[12]

On June 12, 2019 Riverbed announced it would resell Versa Networks SD-WAN products.[13] On August 8, 2019 Xirrus was sold to Cambium Networks.[14] On October 22, 2019 Rich McBee became president and CEO.[15]

On June 9, 2021 Dan Smoot became president and CEO.[16]

On December 7, 2021, Riverbed completed recapitalization, with Apollo Global Management as majority shareholder.[17]


On February 20, 2009, Riverbed completed the acquisition of Mazu Networks. The Mazu products, which were initially renamed Cascade (and in 2014 became part of Riverbed SteelCentral), analyze network traffic to provide information about the interactions of and dependencies between users, applications and systems.[18]

On October 21, 2010, Riverbed acquired CACE Technologies, and folded its Shark network analysis product and Pilot interface product into the Riverbed Cascade product suite. CACE was also the corporate sponsor of the open source network protocol analyzer product Wireshark. Riverbed assumed corporate sponsorship.[19]

In November 2010, Riverbed acquired Global Protocols, LLC, a provider of satellite optimization to the defense marketplace. Its SkipWare product, a proprietary commercial implementation of the Space Communications Protocol Specifications (SCPS), is used in US Department of Defense communications satellites.[20]

On July 19, 2011, Riverbed acquired Zeus Technology, a provider of high-performance software-based load balancing and traffic management for virtual and cloud computing environments. Its primary product was the Zeus Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) which evolved into Riverbed SteelApp.[21] On the same day, Riverbed acquired Aptimize Limited, a provider of web content optimization technology, based in Wellington, New Zealand.[22] Brocade announced its intent to acquire the Riverbed SteelApp business in February 2015, and that acquisition completed in March 2015.[23][24]

On January 11, 2012, Riverbed purchased assets of Expand Networks, including its intellectual property, out of liquidation in Israel.[25]

In December 2012, Riverbed acquired OPNET Technologies for $1 billion. OPNET, based in Bethesda, Maryland, provided performance analysis software for applications and networks, which evolved into Riverbed SteelCentral.[26][27][28][29]

On January 19, 2016, Riverbed Technology acquired Germany-based Ocedo, a provider of software-defined networking and SD-WAN technology.[30] Using software-defined network technology acquired from Ocedo, Riverbed announced SteelConnect in April 2016.[31]

In August 2016, Riverbed acquired Aternity Inc., a company that provides end-user experience and application performance monitoring technology, to expand Riverbed’s SteelCentral performance monitoring capabilities.[32][33]

In April 2017, Riverbed acquired Xirrus, a Wi-Fi technology company. The acquisition expanded Riverbed's SteelConnect technology with the integration of cloud-managed Wi-Fi service.[34][35]

November 22, 2017, Riverbed acquired FlowTraq.[citation needed]

Legal proceedings[edit]

Silver Peak Systems[edit]

From 2011 to 2013, Riverbed was engaged in several lawsuits with Silver Peak Systems over alleged patent infringement. In June 2015, the companies announced a settlement of the suits in U.S. District Courts in Delaware and Northern District of California. As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to a mutual release and cross-license regarding all asserted patents, as well as all patents and applications in the asserted patents' "patent families". In addition, all claims and counterclaims were dismissed and no payments were made by either party.[36][37]

Zeus Technology[edit]

In connection with Riverbed’s July 2011 acquisition of the outstanding securities of Zeus Technology Limited, the share purchase agreement provided for certain additional potential payments (acquisition-related contingent consideration) totaling up to $27.0 million in cash, based on achievement of certain bookings targets related to Zeus products for the period from July 20, 2011 through July 31, 2012 (the Zeus earn-out period). The share purchase agreement also provided for a potential $3.0 million payment as an incentive bonus to former employees of Zeus, based on achievement of certain bookings targets related to Zeus products for the Zeus Earn-Out period. In October 2012 Riverbed served the representative of the Zeus shareholders, as lead defendant and proposed defendant class representative for all other similarly situated former shareholders of Zeus, with a lawsuit, requesting declaratory judgment that, among other things, (a) Riverbed is not in breach of the share purchase agreement, and (b) Riverbed does not owe any acquisition-related contingent consideration under the share purchase agreement because the necessary conditions precedent to the payment of acquisition-related contingent consideration did not occur.[38]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities" (PDF). US SEC. January 29, 2003. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Private is the new black". itweb.co.za. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
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  6. ^ "Tenant Profile Manager". Research Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Archived from the original on January 22, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
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  8. ^ Gagliordi, Natalie (2014-10-27). "NetApp buys Riverbed Technology's Steelstore business". ZDNet. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  9. ^ Adshead, Antony (2015-05-18). "NetApp launches AltaVault hybrid cloud backup appliance family". ComputerWeekly. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  10. ^ "Thoma Bravo Agrees to Take Riverbed Private for $3.6B". Press release. Thoma Bravo. December 14, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Thoma Bravo completes acquisition of Riverbed Technology | Thoma Bravo".
  12. ^ "Riverbed Announces Retirement of Co-Founder and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly; Appoints Paul Mountford as CEO to Drive Next Phase of Growth in $30 Billion+ Market". riverbed.
  13. ^ "Riverbed to Showcase Digital Experience Management and Cloud Native Application Performance Management Solutions at O'Reilly Velocity 2019 Conference".
  14. ^ August 9 (2019-08-09). "Cambium Networks Buys Xirrus Portfolio from Riverbed Technology". Channel Partners. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  15. ^ "Riverbed Names Rich McBee as New President and CEO". www.businesswire.com. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  16. ^ "Riverbed Appoints Dan Smoot as President and CEO to Drive Next Phase of Growth". 2019-10-22.
  17. ^ "Riverbed Aternity recapitalization complete, clears debts and brings in $100 million of new cash". 2021-12-08.
  18. ^ "Press Releases | Riverbed Completes Acquisition of Mazu Networks | Riverbed". www.riverbed.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-26.
  19. ^ "Press Releases | Riverbed Expands Further into the Application-Aware Network Performance Management Market with the Acquisition of CACE Technologies | Riverbed". Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  20. ^ "Press Releases | Riverbed Solidifies Federal Market Leadership with the Acquisition of Global Protocols LLC | Riverbed". Archived from the original on 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  21. ^ "Riverbed acquires Zeus for $140m – A win for Cambridge, DFJ Esprit and SEP". 19 July 2011.
  22. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (July 20, 2011). "Riverbed pumps up software with Zeus, Aptimize buys: US sales 'simply on fire' in Q2". The Register. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  23. ^ "News Room".
  24. ^ "Brocade Completes Acquisition of Riverbed's SteelApp - Zycko".
  25. ^ "Riverbed Purchases Assets of Expand Networks - Yahoo! Finance". finance.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14.
  26. ^ "Riverbed to acquire Opnet in $1B deal". 2012-10-30.
  27. ^ "Riverbed Boosts APM Abilities with Opnet Acquisition". 30 October 2012.
  28. ^ "Riverbed's billion-dollar Opnet buy could pay off big, analysts say". November 2012.
  29. ^ "Riverbed Technology Completes Acquisition of OPNET Technologies - Quick Facts".
  30. ^ "Riverbed announces acquisition of leading SD-WAN provider Ocedo".
  31. ^ "Riverbed ups SD-WAN Ante with SteelConnect". Forbes.
  32. ^ "Riverbed acquires Aternity to get an end user perspective". 2016-07-28.
  33. ^ "Riverbed to acquire Aternity to bolster end to end digital visibility". Forbes.
  34. ^ "Riverbed acquires Xirrus supercharge SD-WAN offering".
  35. ^ "Riverbed to acquires Xirrus to boost SD-WAN and cloud networking solutions". CRN.com. 19 April 2017.
  36. ^ "Riverbed and Silver-Peak settle patent lawsuits".
  37. ^ "Riverbed and Silver Peak settle patent lawsuits". 2015-06-16.
  38. ^ "RIVERBED TECHNOLOGY, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 07/31/2014". riverbed.com. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2015-11-12.

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