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Riverbed's billion-dollar Opnet buy could pay off big, analysts say

Jon Gold | Nov. 2, 2012
Despite a substantial decline in Riverbed's stock price after the news of its $1 billion acquisition of Opnet this week, industry experts say that the buyout leaves Riverbed in a uniquely strong position in the network management arena.

"[Riverbed's competitors] will have to take notice of this," he says. "We'll have to see how well Riverbed goes about integrating the technology and bringing this into a more complete, end-to-end solution before most of the bigger [application performance management] companies will be concerned. Opnet has been working on APM aspects of their solution and acquiring property that would fill out that portfolio for the last couple years."



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