Riverbed Technology on buying spree

Riverbed Technology, announced that it has acquired Zeus Technology, a privately-owned company that delivers high-performance software-based load balancing and traffic management solutions for virtual and cloud environments. Zeus pioneered the development of software-based highly scalable application delivery controllers (ADCs). The Zeus virtual ADC (vADC) delivers the highest performance, and supports the broadest range of hypervisors, including VMware, Xen, HyperV and KVM.

Riverbed also announced today the acquisition of Aptimize Limited, a privately-owned company that is a market leader in web content optimization, an innovative new technology area that allows customers to deliver both internal web applications, like SharePoint, and external web applications, like e-commerce websites, much faster. The Aptimize Website Accelerator eliminates massive inefficiencies in modern web applications by effectively transforming the content (javascript, cascading style sheets, images, etc.) in real time—instantly accelerating websites or intranets with a simple software installation on the Web server. No extra hardware, code or browser changes are needed.

The acquisitions of the two companies will form the cornerstone of Riverbed’s asymmetric optimization strategy.

Zeus vADC solutions are used by over 1,500 customers worldwide, including seven of the top 10 telcos, a majority of the leading cloud service providers, major broadcasters, and top media and e-commerce companies. “Riverbed is the performance company,” said Jerry Kennelly, president and CEO at Riverbed. “Our goal is to have the broadest and best portfolio of performance optimization products to solve a range of customer performance problems. The acquisition of Zeus is a perfect fit with that strategy.

Organizations that deploy the Aptimize solution have accelerated performance up to 400%. The Aptimize solution is often deployed in tandem with wide area network (WAN) optimization controllers and application delivery controllers (ADCs) to enhance performance.

On the Aptimize acquisition Jerry said, “Aptimize provides a new type of optimization that can be applied to all types of Web-based content. Much like our Steelhead solutions optimize the protocols that web pages move over, Aptimize optimizes the actual content of the page for the end user’s device.”

Riverbed continues building on its success in the WAN optimization and network performance management (NPM) markets with new and innovative solutions for accelerating cloud storage and access to applications and data deployed in public, private and hybrid clouds.