Riverbed Technology has been positioned by Gartner in the leaders quadrant in the “WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) Magic Quadrant” published in December 2007 and authored by Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa.

According to Gartner, “Leaders exhibit an ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in their product offering and by raising awareness of the importance of these features.”
WDS solutions from Riverbed accelerate applications and data for remote offices, data centers and mobile workers across wide-area networks (WANs), making them run up to 100 times faster. WDS allow organisations to become more nimble, flexible, and competitive by dramatically speeding up IT consolidation, allowing higher productivity for remote offices, eliminating slow application frustration for end-users, dramatically shortening backup and replication time, reducing traffic on WANs, and enabling mobile workers to be significantly more productive.
According to the report, “Optimisation techniques for wide-area networks (WANs) can improve most organisations' application response times, particularly where network latency is high, which is often due to centralization of servers and IT resources.
"Typically, WAN optimisation controllers (WOCs) serve to prevent network latency having a severe impact on the performance of applications and underlying protocols. Through data reduction and prioritisation techniques, WOCs can also help organisations avoid costly bandwidth upgrades.”
Eric Wolford, senior vice president, marketing and business development at Riverbed, says: “We believe our leadership is reflected in our customer base of over 3 000 companies, including over 20% of the Fortune 500.
“With our industry-leading number of customer wins and innovative product enhancements, we continue to prove our ability to excel in a market that we believe is less than five percent penetrated. In a world where workers are more distributed and IT is more centralised, Riverbed is the only vendor to deliver speed, scale and simplicity to the mobile worker, remote office and data center. This allows us to help CIOs address the performance pain point where ever it is.  As business has accelerated, Riverbed helps smart companies step up the pace.”
This report positions vendors in one of four quadrants based on the companies’ vision and ability to execute on that vision. The four quadrants are Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players.