Riverbed’s ‘firework’ CEO, Jerry Kennelly, retires

Riverbed’s ‘firework’ CEO, Jerry Kennelly, retires

In 2010, pop singer Katy Perry released a song called Firework. Some of its lyrics are: “Cause baby you’re a firework, come on show ’em what you’re worth, make ’em go oh, oh, oh.”  In addition to being one of my favorite Katy Perry songs, it’s always reminded me of the firework that was Riverbed and its charismatic and often outspoken CEO, Jerry Kennelly.

Riverbed was the face of WAN optimization

Riverbed was indeed a firework, as it hit the market with a bang and became the face of WAN optimization. (Note: Riverbed is a client of ZK Research.) Riverbed wasn’t the first vendor in this market — that was Packeteer — but Riverbed evangelized it and became synonymous with the technology.

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