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Aether Systems Announces Aether Software

Formerly Riverbed Technologies, New Software Products Division Augments Aether's Vision For End-to-End Wireless Business Solutions

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Mar 27, 2000 -- Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH) a leading provider of wireless data systems and services, today announced the formation of Aether Software, the new software products division of the company created from the recent acquisition of mobile computing software provider Riverbed Technologies (announced February 9th). Riverbed ( developed the industry standard ScoutWare(TM)family of products that connect business professionals with enterprise information anytime, anywhere. The ScoutWare products, along with Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software, will form the core foundation of Aether Software's offerings. In addition, Wayne Jackson, former CEO of Riverbed Technologies, will become president of Aether Software, and will serve on Aether's board of directors.

"Wireless technology is clearly the future of enterprise computing, and corporations today are rapidly embracing mobile applications to improve business efficiency," stated Jackson. "Riverbed Technologies' ScoutWare has been incredibly well-received in the marketplace. As Aether Software, we will add these key software application capabilities to Aether Systems' turnkey wireless offerings, providing a one-stop, end-to-end source for enabling the 'ever available' enterprise."

According to International Data Corp., worldwide sales of handheld computers and smart phones that include wireless capabilities will hit 35.2 million units by 2003 -- up from 8.9 million in 1999. Aether Systems is an early leader in the exploding field of wireless data, providing real-time data communications and transactions services that operate over multiple wireless data networks, devices and back-end corporate data systems. Using its unique Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software platform and comprehensive network operations center, the company designs, develops, sells, hosts and supports turnkey wireless data systems for businesses.

As part of Aether Systems, Aether Software's ScoutWare products meet the needs of organizations adopting wireless technology. The ScoutWare product line consists of tools used to develop, deploy, and manage wired and wireless applications to handheld devices, providing both application flexibility and centralized control. In the new corporate structure ScoutWare, which includes ScoutSync, ScoutIT, ScoutArchitect, and the recently announced ScoutWeb, will continue as Aether ScoutWare. The products are currently compatible with Aether's innovative AIM middleware platform, and future product development will include initiatives that incorporate additional Aether products into the division's offerings.

"Corporate applications are the 'killer app' for wireless technology," stated David Oros, Chairman and CEO of Aether Systems. "The addition of ScoutWare is integral to our strategy, allowing Aether to offer a complete package of wireless access, applications, services and support that make it easy for corporate America to embrace and benefit from this exciting new technology."


About Aether Systems

Aether Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless and mobile data services allowing real-time communications and transactions across a full range of devices and networks. Using its engineering expertise, the Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software platform, the ScoutWare family of products (resulting from the acquisition of Riverbed Technologies, Inc.) and its network operations and customer service center, Aether Systems seeks to provide comprehensive, technology-independent wireless and mobile computing solutions. Aether develops and delivers wireless data services across a variety of industries and market segments in the United States and internationally. Aether is a joint principal owner, along with 3Com Corp., of OmniSky, Inc., a wireless Internet service provider based in Palo Alto, Calif. Aether headquarters are located at 11460 Cronridge Dr., Owings Mills, MD 21117. For more information, visit


About Aether Software and ScoutWare

Aether Software, a division of Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH), offers a new generation of mobile software solutions, called ScoutWare, that extend the accessibility of enterprise computing to a new breed of 'mobile' business professionals. ScoutWare is the industry standard for providing organizations with infrastructure technologies needed to enable the 'ever-available' enterprise -- delivering vital corporate information to anyone, at any time, anywhere and to any device.

ScoutWare is a series of end-to-end solutions, which enable organizations to create and deliver industrial-strength, standards-based systems that connect corporate professionals with legacy, web-based and other enterprise software and applications wherever and whenever they may need it. ScoutWare consists of development tools, management tools and technologies that connect corporate professionals with enterprise systems in order to create, update, synchronize or combine information from a variety of sources and enable wireless or wired access through a variety of devices. ScoutWare is device and operating system neutral and can be deployed all at once or in a step-by-step fashion. ScoutWare consists of ScoutSync, ScoutIT, ScoutWeb and ScoutArchitect.

ScoutWare solutions today are assisting organizations worldwide in the healthcare, retail, government, and other industry sectors to reduce costs, minimize errors and increase productivity by putting the power of computing where people need it. With its powerful vision and comprehensive infrastructure solutions, Aether Software is helping leading companies create real solutions that embrace the future of enterprise computing.

Aether Software is located at 8229 Boone Blvd., Vienna, Virginia, 22182. For more information visit or call 877- 719-3169.

This press release includes forward-looking statements based on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Aether that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the extent to which Aether pursues the initiatives described above, the continued development and customer acceptance of the technology to be developed and the ability to offer it on a cost-effective basis. These risks and other risk factors are described under the caption, "Risk Factors" in Aether's most recently filed prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Aether undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.



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