Riverbed Technology has been accepted into the Microsoft Protocol
Optimization Licensing Program (POLP). Through this protocol implementation
agreement, Microsoft gives Riverbed access to its intellectual property and
technology so that Riverbed can build on its expertise and success with
accelerating and optimising Microsoft Windows-based applications over the
wide-area network (WAN).

With the recent release of version 5.0 of the Riverbed Optimization System
(RiOS), Riverbed is now able to provide application-level protocol
optimisation for Microsoft Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007.
Over the past four years, Riverbed has led the industry in accelerating
applications over the wide-area network to enhance remote and mobile worker
productivity, as well as driving IT efficiency through enabling successful
IT consolidation without application performance compromise for over 4 500
customers worldwide.
"We continue to deepen our knowledge of Windows and other Microsoft
applications, like SharePoint, Systems Center Configuration Manager Server,
Data Protection Manager and CRM, so that our customers can offer 'wind in
your hair' access and performance of Microsoft applications to its remote
and mobile workers," says Christo Briedenhann, country manager: South Africa
at Riverbed.
"Working closely with Microsoft and its commitment to interoperability, we
are obtaining access to application protocols to further enhance our
customers' experience and IT efficiencies of Microsoft applications over the
WAN. Joining the POLP program is the next step in our previously announced
vision to enable customers to incorporate Windows Server-based services on
the Riverbed Services Platform."
A vast majority of Riverbed customers leverage Riverbed Steelhead appliances
to accelerate Microsoft Office, Windows Server and Microsoft Exchange
through optimisation of underlying CIFS and MAPI protocols, as well as other
Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server,
Microsoft -SQL Server, System Center Configuration Manager , System Center
Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.