OPNET Technologies, Inc acquired by Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology, the performance company, and OPNET Technologies, Inc. a leading provider of solutions for application and network performance management, today announced that Riverbed® has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OPNET for $43 per share in cash and stock, representing an equity value of $1 billion and an enterprise value of $921 million.

The acquisition will enable Riverbed to extend its network performance management (NPM) business into the multi-billion dollar application performance management (APM) market. The combination of Cascade® and OPNET will create a new force in the converged market for NPM and APM, with over $250 million in annualized revenue.

Networks and applications are required to work together to deliver the performance business users demand. The addition of OPNET’s broad-based family of APM products enhances Riverbed’s already strong position in the NPM market. The resulting combination is a product line with unparalleled visibility and insight into application and network performance. This acquisition enables Riverbed to provide customers with a unique integrated solution that not only monitors network and application performance, but also accelerates it.

OPNET has been recognised as a leader in the APM market: www.opnet.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-apm/.

“The addition of OPNET establishes Riverbed as the clear leader in the high-growth and converging application and network performance management markets,” said Jerry Kennelly, Chairman and CEO at Riverbed. “This acquisition also transforms Riverbed into a billion dollar revenue company.”

“Riverbed and OPNET have natural synergies,” said Marc Cohen, OPNET’s Chairman and CEO. “Riverbed’s leadership in accelerating business technology combined with OPNET’s industry-leading suite of APM products provides customers with a single solution for monitoring, troubleshooting and actually fixing the application and network performance problems challenging them today.”

OPNET will be combined with Riverbed’s Cascade business unit and expected to be fully integrated by mid 2013.


New blog launched by OPNET: Application Performance Matters.

A new blog has been launched by OPNET called “Application Performance Matters”.  OPNET aims to develop a  new forum for discussion on APM concepts, techniques, challenges, and directions.
APM and more generally, IT Service Assurance, is an area of utmost importance to business because virtually every enterprise today is driven by processes and information. Software applications, which started out as a means to enhance productivity and enforce policies, have now evolved into the very embodiment of these processes and the reference model of an organization’s approach to conducting business.
Today, the question of whether a change to organisational practices can be implemented is virtually inseparable from the question “can we do that in our systems?”
Given the fundamental role of applications, and the increasing complexity and sophistication of application architectures, managing performance has become a hotbed of activity. There is much information to share in this area. The technologies of APM continue to evolve rapidly, as does the entire IT environment.
Many enterprises at varying stages of adopting APM wish to learn about approaches that would enable them to reap the most benefit. The blog aims to cover a full spectrum of topics, ranging from detailed technical problem solving all the way to organisational best practices.
Their first post is intended to define an initial set of terms to serve as a basis for future discussion. Download the “APM: An Evolving Lexicon” whitepaper. We hope you enjoy participating in “Application Performance Matters” and find it useful to your initiatives and daily activities in APM.