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Tango Networks’ Abrazo Qualified with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

RICHARDSON, TX, AUGUST 28, 2008 – Tango Networks™, one of the leaders in seamless enterprise fixed-mobile convergence for unified communications, today announced that its award-winning Abrazo™ solution has achieved interoperability qualification with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 by tekVizion Labs. This also coincides with Tango Networks’ acceptance into the Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program.                                                                


With Tango Networks’ Abrazo, corporations are able to interoperate any mobile phone with Office Communications Server 2007. Users of Office Communications Server 2007 are able to make and receive calls with their mobile phone utilizing the enterprise communications network, and have a single unified communications inbox that now includes both desktop and mobile voicemail. In addition, presence and location information from the mobile network can be shared with Office Communications Server 2007 contacts as part of the experience.

Tango Networks’ Abrazo is based on a unique hybrid architecture containing a component in the enterprise network and a component in the mobile operator network. This fundamental design enables the solution to passively monitor mobile device status in the mobile network (e.g., registered/unregistered, on/off-the-phone, location area, etc.) and provide controlled, secure updates to Office Communications Server 2007. Because of this architecture, any mobile phone - with or without data connectivity - can extend the unified communications experience to include mobile presence and location information.

“With Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft has successfully extended the power of unified communications to embrace desktop voice communications as part of the enterprise’s overall unified communications strategy,” stated Alastair Westgarth, president and chief executive officer of Tango Networks. “Tango is taking it one step further by enabling enterprises to extend Office Communications Server 2007 to all mobile devices while providing a complete view of end-user availability and location.”

About Tango Networks

Tango Networks integrates mobile phones into the corporate enterprise, enabling any mobile phone to become a true extension on the enterprise unified communications or PBX network. With the award-winning Abrazo, enterprises benefit from cost savings and control over mobile service while enabling employees to be more responsive to business needs by providing advanced unified communications and desk phone capabilities on any mobile device. Only Tango Networks’ Abrazo leverages the true power of fixed-mobile convergence, fixed-mobile substitution and unified communications to meet an enterprise’s continuously evolving business and technology needs. Two phones. One solution. That’s Tango. For more information, dance over to www.tango-networks.com.


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Contact:

Jeannette Hudler

Director, Marketing Communications

+1 972 301-9314

pr@tango-networks.com

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Nominum Leapfrogs Industry Response to DNS Vulnerability with New Security Package

Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, today announced the availability of a comprehensive new security release for its Vantio caching DNS server platform.  The latest Vantio software release provides multi-layer intelligent defenses that defeat DNS cache poisoning and other attacks, including the recently publicized Kaminsky vulnerability.  By offering built-in defense-in-depth, the Nominum solution far surpasses the recently released industry standard UDP Source Port Randomization (UDP SPR).  In fact, Vantio’s new defenses negate the brute force advantage attackers gained with the latest DNS cache poisoning vulnerability.   “Literally one day after details of the Kaminsky cache poisoning attack were revealed, UDP Source Port Randomization was defeated in 10 hours by security researchers using brute-force spoofed responses,” said Dr. Paul Mockapetris, Chairman and Chief Scientist at Nominum and inventor of the DNS.  “Nominum’s multi-layered approach eliminates the risk of a successful attack.” Key benefits of new Vantio DNS security features:



  • Resists and stops all forms of cache poisoning attacks

  • Defends automatically against query response spoofing and takes attackers out of loop

  • Prevents hijacking of subscriber traffic, or “pharming” attacks

  • Identifies perpetrators and records attack attempts

  • Provides protection in Enterprise and Service Provider networks that use network address translation (NAT), which can undermine UDP SPR (NAT devices include server load balancers and firewalls)

  • Reduces the chance of poisoning answers for valuable domains (www.mybank.com) to zero


 Protection Well Beyond the Industry Response


Nominum and its customers were instrumental in implementing and deploying UDP SPR as part of an industry-wide response to the cache poisoning threat. This feature offered immediate protection to over 120 million broadband subscribers supported by Nominum DNS servers at nearly one hundred carriers and ISPs (click here for a partial list of Nominum’s key customers). UDP source port randomization is only a first-step response to the new vulnerability, and network operators need additional deterministic defenses to address important exploits. Cache poisoning attacks rely on many techniques, and response spoofing is only one of them. UDP source port randomization is designed to mitigate risk of spoofing, but is not effective against a determined attacker or other forms of attacks. Response spoofing can be easily subverted when more network resources are available to an attacker that allow for sending many spoofed responses.  Nominum’s new defenses are critical to ensuring the attacker does not succeed.  ”Layered defenses in the DNS system are an effective way to address serious attack scenarios that aren’t covered by UDP Source Port Randomization alone,” said Dan Kaminsky, the security researcher who discovered the latest DNS vulnerability. “As new DNS vulnerabilities are discovered, a layered approach such as Nominum’s will help in ensuring ongoing Internet security.” Vantio features the following four security layers with key security features highlighted: 



  • Deterrence Layer: Includes Nominum’s leading UDP Source Port Randomization implementation, the recommended industry response to the Kaminsky threat

  • Defense Layer: Incorporates Nominum’s “Detect and Defend” capability to detect spoofing attempts and automatically switch the resolution to a secure connection in response to an attack attempt.

  • Resistance Layer: Employs Query Response Screening with a set of features that intelligently screen DNS answers to ensure malicious data in DNS responses is not used to answer valid user queries

  • Remediation Layer: Sends alerts when an attack is under way and incorporates a new feature that records the attack, allowing the attacker to be identified, and real-time remedial action to be taken by the network operator. 


 “Layered security is the only way to defend against the emerging threats to the Internet,” said Tom Tovar, CEO of Nominum. “Our customers, the largest networks in the world, have an obligation to deliver the highest-level of security in delivering Internet service to consumer, enterprise and government users. Nominum’s new software release ensures that our customers can meet that obligation immediately and completely.”


 Pricing and Availability


The new Vantio release is generally available as standard software purchase for carriers, large enterprise and government customers.  For more information regarding Nominum’s DNS platforms and background on the company, visit www.nominum.com.  


Chelsea Irwin, Engage PR for Nominum


 +1.510.748.8200, x203


cirwin@engagepr.com

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Tango Networks’ Abrazo Achieves Validated Interoperability with BroadSoft BroadWorks

RICHARDSON, TX, AUGUST 26, 2008 – Tango Networks™, the leader in seamless enterprise fixed-mobile convergence for unified communications, today announced the completion of interoperability testing with BroadSoft BroadWorks®.


BroadSoft’s service provider customer base can now offer a complete fixed-mobile convergence solution for enterprises that extends the BroadWorks suite of value-added services to any mobile device. Combining Tango Networks’ Abrazo™ with BroadWorks, operators can extend their mobile services into the enterprise, opening the door to enterprise-wide agreements, reducing customer support demands, decreasing churn, and growing market share. The Abrazo’s unique hybrid architecture integrates with existing enterprise voice network infrastructures while extending BroadWorks’ features and policies to any mobile phone with or without the use of a corresponding desk phone, to address the needs of the increasingly mobile workforce.


“BroadSoft is a key partner to many of our mobile operator customers, making interoperability with the BroadWorks product a key strategic initiative for us,” stated Andrew Silver, chief technology officer and co-founder of Tango Networks. “By offering Abrazo integrated with BroadWorks, operators can deliver a robust FMC option that mobilizes the powerful features of the BroadWorks hosted communications solution for any mobile phone.”


“Prior to Tango, fixed-mobile convergence was a niche product with both device and feature limitations,” said Ken Rokoff, Vice President of Business Development at BroadSoft. “However, the integration of Abrazo with BroadWorks provides a highly compelling solution, enabling mobile operators worldwide to offer the power of fixed-mobile convergence for enterprise.”


In addition, Tango Networks is a sponsor for BroadSoft Connections 2008, the BroadSoft executive user conference, to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 5-8.


About the BroadWorks Platform

BroadSoft’s IMS-compliant BroadWorks® platform provides a comprehensive range of VoIP applications, including Hosted Unified Communications, Mobile PBX, Business Trunking and residential broadband services fully integrated into a single VoIP application platform. BroadWorks is capable of providing these applications with the reliability, redundancy, scalability and regulatory capabilities required to deliver carrier-class service.


About BroadSoft

BroadSoft® provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its award-winning flagship BroadWorks technology empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft’s family of carrier-class software products delivers the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world’s leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to seven of the Top 10 and 13 of the Top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including Korea Telecom, KPN, SingTel, Sprint, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-systems and Verizon. For additional information, go to www.BroadSoft.com.


About Tango Networks

Tango Networks integrates mobile phones into the corporate enterprise, enabling any mobile phone to become a true extension on the enterprise unified communications, centrex or PBX networks. With the award-winning Abrazo, enterprises benefit from cost savings and control over mobile service while enabling employees to be more responsive to business needs by providing advanced desk phone capabilities on any mobile device. Only Tango Networks’ Abrazo leverages the true power of fixed-mobile convergence, fixed-mobile substitution and unified communications to meet an enterprise’s continuously evolving business and technology needs. Two phones. One solution. That’s Tango. For more information, dance over to www.tango-networks.com.


Jeannette Hudler

Director, Marketing Communications

Tango Networks

972 301-9314

pr@tango-networks.com

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Agito Networks Moving Corporate Headquarters to Larger Facility to Accommodate Rapid Company Growth

Company Growing to Meet Increasing Demand for its Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Products; Continued Expansion with New Products and into New Markets Planned


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Aug. 21, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc.™, the award-winning company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that it is moving its headquarters to near-by Santa Clara, Calif., next week.  Agito Networks is significantly increasing its investment in product development, sales, and distribution, and the new facility will accommodate the growth needed to fulfill the rising demand for Agito’s enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) products.  The new building nearly triples the size of Agito’s current office space, and dramatically increases the amount of lab space available for research and new product development.


Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere™ Mobility Router is the industry’s first and only business mobile convergence platform that uses RF-based, location-aware technologies to reliably mobilize voice and data applications over 802.11 wireless LANs (VoWLAN), while remaining agnostic to enterprise customers’ choices of mobile carriers and equipment vendors (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  It supports all leading IP-PBX and WLAN equipment vendors to uniquely fuse 802.11 wireless LANs, enterprise IP telephony, and the carrier cellular network, improving mobile worker accessibility and responsiveness to increase mobile worker productivity.  Agito’s innovative, patent-pending location-aware technology allows enterprises to mobilize voice by taking full advantage of their 802.11 WLAN deployments as a low-cost alternative to cellular networks for in-building enterprise mobility.  Its patent-pending technology ensures that in-building calls stay on the enterprise WLAN (using VoWLAN), to reduce cellular expenses and eliminate dropped or poor quality calls. 


“While many technology companies these days are experiencing declining workforces and financial difficulties, there are still some bright spots in the tech sector,” said Michael Finneran, principal of analyst firm dBrn Associates, Inc.  “Enterprise mobility, fixed mobile convergence, and mobile unified communications are clearly hot, and companies like Agito Networks are in a good position to capitalize on that.”


During its first year, Agito has experienced significant customer traction and rapid growth, which has fueled the need to increase its sales, distribution, and support infrastructure.  During the last six months, Agito has acquired a number of new revenue customers, and has engaged in many more trials for its enterprise mobility products.  The company closed a significant round of funding, added to its executive team, and has earned 11 prestigious accolades from various independent industry organizations.  With an expanding channel partner program, Agito continues to meet strong demand nationwide, and plans to expand internationally.


“Our new larger offices will better facilitate our growth and need to continue staffing,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing and a company founder.  “Our physical expansion is evidence of the growing traction and success the company is having, fueled by rising demand from domestic and international enterprises, resellers and distribution partners, and carriers.  With our innovation we will aggressively work toward fulfilling the needs of our current and future customers, as well as continue to shape the direction of the enterprise mobility market.”


Numerous independent authorities have recognized Agito Networks’ leadership.  Computer Reseller News named Agito one of the year’s Coolest Emerging Technology Companies, while InfoWorld distinguished Agito CTO Timothy Olson with one of its CTO 25 Awards of 2008.  Agito earned a Red Herring 100 Award, while VON Magazine named it a Top Innovator Award winner.  Its RoamAnywhere solution earned Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines, while it earned finalist status in eWEEK’s Excellence Awards and CTIA’s Emerging Technology Awards programs.


 New Location and Address


Starting on Monday, Aug. 25, Agito’s new headquarters location will be 3255 Scott Blvd., Building 3, Santa Clara, Calif., 95054.  The main telephone number will be (408) 919-8000, and the corporate fax number will be (408) 919-8001.


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito Networks enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  VON Magazine named Agito Networks a Top Innovator Award winner, while RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning a CTIA Emerging Technology Award and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.


Media Contact:


Dan Spalding, Director of Marketing Communications


(408) 548-8025


dspalding@agitonetworks.com


 

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Fanfare Announces iTest 3.2

New Edition Enables Sophisticated System Testing While Improving Productivity and Quality


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – August 19, 2008 – Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers (SPs), and enterprises today announced the latest release of iTest™, the company’s flagship test automation product.


iTest 3.2 is a comprehensive testing solution for device and heterogeneous system testing. As the complexity of devices has increased, so has the market demand for vendor-agnostic integration between test equipment and test automation software. With iTest 3.2, customers can seamlessly integrate test assets and automate complex system testing using hardware and software from a variety of different vendors.


“iTest provides an agnostic testing solution that unifies all of the different pieces of the increasingly complex testing puzzle,” said Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, a leading market and industry research firm. “By providing a common foundation for conducting complex system testing, iTest is a valuable tool for both network equipment manufacturers and service providers that must communicate test assets to one another on a regular basis. This inevitably reduces product release cycles while enhancing the overall quality of product being released to the marketplace.”


Early beta versions of 3.2 have demonstrated that testers employing scripting methods, as well as those who are using a manual approach, both cited gains in productivity up to eight times their previous levels. As a result, customers at various levels of automation can accelerate their testing process, improving productivity and the overall quality of products and services being released to market.


“We have seen a real expansion in the market, where service providers now account for nearly half of our customer base and enterprises are showing an increased interest in our products,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “This demonstrates the growing importance of quality and testing across all segments of the industry. With this new release of iTest, customers will experience significant gains in productivity and quality improvements, whether they are just starting on the path to automation, or they are evolving to the next level of automated testing.”


In order to support more complex and demanding testing environments, the following new features have been incorporated into release 3.2:

• In-Grid Analysis providing intuitive pass / fail capabilities

• Testbed Revolver for improved transferability

• Support of Java Swing, Syslog, and Wireshark applications

• Enhancements to Agilent’s N2X and Spirent’s SmartBits and TestCenter integrations

• Support of Ixia’s IxNetwork and IxLoad test equipment software


Existing Fanfare customers with current maintenance or subscription licenses are able to upgrade to iTest 3.2 as part of their maintenance contract or subscription license. iTest Team, the most popular iTest edition, is available at an annual subscription rate of $6500 per user. Support for IxNetwork and IxLoad is available as additional options for $1000 each per year.


iTest 3.2 is now generally available.


About Fanfare

Fanfare provides software solutions to high-tech equipment manufacturers and service providers that simplify and accelerate device and system testing. Developers and testers create and share automated tests that control and analyze results from multiple devices, traffic generators, and applications while automatically documenting each test with pass-fail criteria. With Fanfare solutions, companies can move along the path toward automation while accelerating QA cycles, reducing time to market, and increasing the quality of released products. Industries such as communications, aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical devices have benefited from Fanfare products. For more information please visit www.fanfaresoftware.com.


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Media Contact:

Marisa Marzano

Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com

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IPC Selects Overture Networks to Extend Managed Ethernet Services to Financial Trading Companies

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, AUGUST 19, 2008 - Overture Networks, a leading supplier of converged packet access solutions for Carrier Ethernet, today announced that IPC Systems, Inc. is using Overture’s ISG product family as part of IPC’s recently introduced Ethernet Connection Service (ECS) for financial trading firms. IPC is a leading provider of indispensable communications solutions to financial services firms and global enterprises, and recently introduced low-latency Ethernet private lines through ECS to improve market access and the competitiveness of electronic trading firms.

To optimize ECS, IPC sought to bring together best-of-breed solutions, but needed to ensure consistent and highly available service globally and across any type of infrastructure, whether it be Ethernet-over-Fiber or Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH. IPC selected Overture Networks based on the flexibility and manageability of the ISG products, which allow IPC to support a wide range of customer environments.

Designed to be simple and fast-to-provision, IPC’s highly flexible and scalable ECS gives trading firms a wide range of secure, dedicated Ethernet private lines for low-latency electronic trading. ECS makes the firms more productive and simplifies customer management of connections to important trading partners and markets. Dedicated Ethernet private lines are quickly provisioned between On-Net customers. The service’s simplicity means trading firms do not have to worry about the complex networking and security problems associated with alternative carrier data services.

ECS gives IT organizations more flexibility, especially given the demand traders have for low-latency connectivity. In addition to point-to-point and point-to-multi-point connectivity options, IPC ECS offers trading firms and IT/telephony departments a 24/7 managed solution to connect with exchanges, electronic communications networks (ECNs) and the world’s largest On-Net community of approximately 3,000 financial institutions.

“Overture Networks stood out for a number of reasons,” explained Steve Kammerer, IPC Network Services’ vice president of service development. “Its Tier-1 carrier-grade products easily met our technology requirements. The ISG family not only boasts low power consumption but is easy-to-install and monitor. The ISGs are also scalable enough to use as edge aggregation and customer premises equipment. Perhaps most important was Overture’s Ethernet expertise and its team’s ability and willingness to help us build a new service with Ethernet as a core technology.”

“IPC is leveraging Ethernet to offer an innovative set of services for financial traders,” said Chip Redden, Overture Networks’ vice president of marketing and product management. “Overture is committed to providing the solutions and services that companies like IPC can rely on to cost-effectively and competitively meet their customers’ communications needs today and in the future.”

About IPC

IPC is a leading provider of indispensable communications solutions to global enterprises. With almost 35 years of expertise, IPC provides its systems and services to the world’s largest financial services firms, as well as to public safety; government; power, energy and utility; and transportation organizations. IPC offers its customers a suite of products and enhanced services that includes advanced Voice over IP technology, and integrated network and management services to over 40 countries. Based in Jersey City, N.J., IPC has more than 1,300 employees throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. For more information, visit www.ipc.com.

About Overture Networks

Headquartered in the high-tech center of Research Triangle Park, NC, Overture Networks is relentlessly focused on providing solutions at the ever-expanding edge of the access network. The company enables network service providers and enterprises to stretch the edges of their networks to increase revenues, decrease costs and ensure a smooth migration to next-generation networking. With its patent-protected, award-winning ISG family of products, Overture Networks uniquely combines the packet-switched and circuit-switched worlds into a single architecture—at cost points that make it extremely attractive to offer Carrier Ethernet services to any size location—over copper, fiber or optical transport. For more information, visit www.overturenetworks.com.

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Synchronica Acquires AxisMobile and Raises Funds of $18 Million in 2008

Landmark Acquisition Aims to Build Leading Mass Market Mobile Email and Synchronization Solutions Provider


Royal Tunbridge Wells, 18 August, 2008. - Synchronica plc (AIM: SYNC.LN), the international provider of mobile email and synchronization solutions, today announced that it is acquiring consumer mobile email specialist AxisMobile for USD 4.9 million in new Synchronica shares. Synchronica also stated that it has raised additional funds of USD 10 million from new and existing institutional investors which brings the total funding secured in 2008 to USD 18 million. The additional funds will be used to accelerate product integration and fuel the growth of the combined business in emerging markets, such as China, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.


The AxisMobile acquisition aims to make Synchronica the leading player in mass market mobile email and synchronization middleware for mobile operators and service providers. The addition of AxisMobile’s complimentary technology, customer base, and routes to market, combined with the injection of USD 10 million of additional funds will enable Synchronica to provide mass market mobile email solutions that work on more than three billion mobile phones in the market today.


AxisMobile’s consumer mobile email platform complements Synchronica’s award-winning Mobile Gateway software by adding email-to-SMS and email-to-MMS gateways, as well as a clientless solution for WAP / XHTML browser access. AxisMobile’s patented Optimizer email transcoding gateway further adds the ability to display a large variety of attachments, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint presentations on standard feature phones handsets that would otherwise be unable to support such functionality.


The AxisMobile acquisition will also enlarge Synchronica’s footprint in emerging markets by adding a strong sales force and key customer contracts in the relatively untapped areas of Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Russia to Synchronica’s existing sales presence in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Currently, AxisMobile has eight live customer installations with major mobile operators, predominantly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and China.


Customers include: MTS, the largest mobile operator in Russia and CIS with 84 million customers; Megafon, a Russian mobile network operator with 34 million customers across 88 regions of the Russian federation including its Moscow subsidiary Sonic Duo; T-Mobile; IXI Mobile, consumer back-ends for USA, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay; E-Plus, Germany’s third largest mobile network operator with 13.6 million customers; as well as a major Chinese bank.


AxisMobile has also secured contract wins with a leading Ukrainian mobile network operator, a further leading tier one Russian mobile network operator, and a leading Swiss mobile network operator.


Commenting on the acquisition, Synchronica CEO Carsten Brinkschulte says: “The fundraising and the acquisition of AxisMobile is a dramatic acceleration for Synchronica, and I believe that it will build value for our shareholders. We aim to build a world leader in the market of consumer mobile email and synchronization solutions, and this acquisition is a key milestone which will improve our competitive positioning and accelerate our commercial growth. It will increase our ability to sell to customers, particularly to those in emerging economies where we see the largest potential growth for mobile email and synchronization. With the fundraising and the acquisition of AxisMobile, Synchronica now has sufficient mass and funding to take advantage of the outstanding opportunity to exploit the commercial potential of mass market mobile email. The next few years will be an exciting time for us all here at Synchronica and for our customers around the globe. We look forward with increased confidence from this inflect on point.”


Shai Schiller, Executive Chairman of AxisMobile, adds: “This is the start of an exciting new era for AxisMobile and our customers. There are real synergies between Synchronica’s products and target markets and our own, so it makes great commercial sense to combine forces. Both companies are committed to open standards and to developing products that work on even the most basic of handsets - a must given that the market for mass market mobile email is being fuelled by demand from the developing world. We are confident that the combined might of our two companies will prove to be greater than the sum of its parts.”


Forecasts point to emerging markets as a breakthrough area for mass market mobile email. Informa predicts that there will be 4.81 billion mobile phone subscribers by 2012, with the next billion subscribers coming from emerging markets where PC and fixed-line penetration is low.


Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway delivers push email and mobile synchronization of calendar and contact data, targeting consumer and business users with connectors to mass market mailboxes, such as Yahoo or Gmail, as well as business mailboxes, such as Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino. Unlike other solutions, Mobile Gateway does not require users to install additional software on the handset or behind the firewall and instead uses the dominant open industry standards Push IMAP and SyncML (OMA DS) to synchronize the built-in email and PIM applications pre-installed on more than 1.5 billion handsets in the market.


With the injection of AxisMobile technology, even the most basic phones will be able to send and receive email, further expanding the addressable market for Mobile Gateway in the consumer sector and in particular in emerging markets where low-end devices are dominating the market.


Virtual Press Conference on the Announcement


Synchronica will be hosting a virtual press conference on August 18, 2008, 11.00 BST, for members of the press and analyst communities. In addition to a presentation by Carsten Brinkschulte, Synchronica’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Cornelius the industry-respected analyst from FinnCap will add his perspective to the announcement.


Access to the web conference can be obtained by emailing david.clark@synchronica.com on 18 August before 10:30 U.K. time.


About AxisMobile


AxisMobile was founded in early 2000. It is a leader in the emerging market of consumer mobile email which allows consumers to access email via mobile telephone handsets. AxisMobile’s objective is to provide software that drives the mass market adoption of mobile email and related products by making multimedia information portable, ubiquitous, and easy to access on subscribers’ existing mobile handsets at an attractive cost. AxisMobile’s email platform provides a one-stop-shop for consumer mobile as it supports Web, WAP, IMAP4, MMS, SMS, and J2ME interfaces. Such interfaces cover most methods of transmitting mobile data communications. AxisMobile’s platform means that mobile operators no longer need to integrate platforms from different vendors. This reduces costs. AxisMobile aims to leverage customer relationships by offering additional products and services based on its technology platform, hence producing cross sales and increasing the value to customers and to its shareholders. Further information on AxisMobile is available from the web site http://www.axismobile.com


About Synchronica


Synchronica plc develops and markets industry standard mobile email and synchronization solutions for the vast majority of devices in the market today. Mobile operators, device manufacturers, and service providers in emerging and developed markets use Synchronica products to offer mobile email, PIM synchronization, and backup and restore services to their consumer and corporate customer base. Products include the push email and synchronization solution Mobile Gateway and the mass market device backup solution Mobile Backup. Headquartered in the U.K., with a development center in Germany and presences in the USA, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Synchronica plc is a public company traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC.LN). More information is available at http://www.synchronica.com


For more information, please contact:


Nicole Meissner

Chief Marketing Officer

Tel.: +44 1892 552 780

Mobile: +44 7977 256 412

Fax: +44 1892 552 721

nicole.meissner@synchronica.com

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Fluke Networks Acquires Intellectual Property, NetAlly Product Line of Former Viola Networks

Technology purchase strengthens visibility and testing of VoIP and other applications


Everett, WA – August 18, 2008 – Fluke Networks (www.flukenetworks.com) today announced it has acquired the intellectual property of Viola Networks, including the technologies underpinning the popular and award-winning NetAlly product line. The purchase of Viola’s technologies and source code will enable Fluke Networks to extend significantly its product lines further into VoIP analysis. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.


“Fluke Networks continues to demonstrate our commitment to customers in the performance management space,” said Paul Caragher, President, Fluke Networks. “Our prior integrations of the NetFlow Tracker and Visual UpTime product lines, the recent release of Visual Performance Manager 4.0, the addition of key senior management, and now the purchase of NetAlly all combine to give our Performance Management business the strength in people and product our customers require.”


Fluke Networks’ solutions support both enterprise managers and service providers responsible for assuring application, network and VoIP performance. The newly acquired assets will enable Fluke Networks to provide comprehensive VoIP pre-assessment capability via cost effective software agents, deliver advanced active network performance assessment, and monitor VoIP infrastructures through call manager visibility.


“Nemertes Research has found that companies deploying third-party, VOIP-focused management tools can reduce per-user IP telephony operating costs by as much as 90%,” said John Burke, Principal Research Analyst for Nemertes. “The more fully a tool set can address the complete lifecycle of VOIP in the enterprise, the greater the role it can play in such deployments.”

NetAlly incorporates an active network test approach that is particularly adept at performing pre-deployment network assessments. This complements Fluke Networks’ existing test methodologies, providing a complete picture of voice and data performance in both real time and through historical views.


Fluke Networks intends to rebrand and integrate elements of NetAlly into new products containing these capabilities as well as create extensions to existing Fluke Networks’ lines.


About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company’s comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

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Enhance Technology Introduces Next Generation Fibre 4G Storage

The Most Powerful & Versatile FC Storage for SAS/SATA drives with SAS Expansion


Santa Fe Springs, CA.– Enhance Technology, Inc., the leader in Enterprise and OEM storage systems, today announced the release of the UltraStor™ RS16 FS, a new generation of dual Fibre Channel 4Gbps storage system delivers best-of-class performance boosted by a powerful 64-bit hardware architecture. Besides the superior I/O performance fit for the most demanding environments, RS16 FS also enables flexible scalability through the built-in SAS expansion ports and simple manageability through Enhance Technology’s WebGUI remote storage management via web browser.


UltraStor™ RS16 FS allows users to flexibly populate with a mix of high performance SAS or high capacity 3Gb SATA disks to deploy tiered storage which ensures the best ROI and meets the increasing demands of large transactional databases. The UltraStor RS16 FS is designed to operate in performance, mission critical, and data-intensive network environments. Compatible with industry standard SFP interface with copper or optical connection, hot-swappable drive trays, redundant power supplies and cooling fan modules, the UltraStor™ RS16 FS enables system maintenance without interruption of services.


The UltraStor RS16 FS allows users to start with the storage capacity they currently need and offers dynamic data expansion through daisy-chaining four (4+) more optional RS16 JS JBOD units to form large RAID storage and scale up to a massive of 80TB as more capacity needs arise which is required by most data intensive applications nowadays, and continues the UltraStor™ tradition by delivering a solution that raises the bar in style, reliability, functionality, and performance.


The UltraStor™ RS16 FS is ideal for applications requiring high-speed transfer of large amounts of data, such as, online transactions, disk-to-disk backup, database processing, medical imaging, media streaming, data mining, and other critical business applications. The UltraStor RS16 FS and UltraStor RS16 JS are now available from Enhance Technology or through a selective group of dealers worldwide.


About Enhance Technology, Inc.


Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for the digital content creation, post production, broadcasting, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with branch office in Asia, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development. For more information about Enhance Technology, Inc., UltraStor™ RS16 FS, or UltraStor RS16 JS, visit www.enhance-tech.com or contact your local dealers.


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Steven Huang

12221 Florence Ave.

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Tel: 562-777-3488 ext.117

Fax: 562-777-3499


Email: steven@enhance-te

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Enhance Unveils Enterprise JBOD Storage at NGDC / LinuxWorld 2008

 


High-End Professional Storage Array Designed for Enterprise RAID Storage Expansion



Santa Fe Springs, California. August 12, 2008 – Enhance Technology, Inc., the leader and pioneer in the design & implementation of hybrid I/O technology, introduces the new UltraStor™ RS16 JS at Next Generation Data Center/LinuxWorld 2008. The UltraStor RS16 JS is an enterprise JBOD storage system designed to provide storage expansion to the award-winning expandable UltraStor™ RS family, or to connect to a host system integrated Host Bus Adaptor.


 


The UltraStor™ RS16 JS is a 3U-16 disk dual-channel SAS JBOD storage system with one MiniSAS port for storage expansion. Featuring the industry standard SFF-8088 MiniSAS expandable port, the UltraStor™ RS16 JS provides expandability and scalability, which maximizes disk performance allowing for a broader range of storage possibilities. The UltraStor™ RS16 JS provides easy expandability and scalability for the advanced UltraStor™ RS16 IP-4 (Quad GbE iSCSI), RS16 SS (SAS), and RS16 FS (Fibre Channel 4G) storage systems and is designed to easily integrate into elaborate SAN fabrics.


 


The UltraStor™ RS16 JS is well-equipped with hot-swap cooling fan modules & drive trays, dual-redundant power supply, SAS JBOD hardware architecture and supports up to 16TB of raw storage and can be daisy chained to create a massive 80TB of total storage capacity making UltraStor™ RS16 JS the new standard for enterprise storage expansion. The UltraStor™ RS16 JS offers enterprise-grade fault tolerance solution and improved performance for applications that demand nothing short of superior reliability. Designed to utilize point-to-point host/disk connectivity and accept both high-performance SAS and the high-capacity SATA drives depending on the application requirements.


 


Powered by a cutting edge SAS JBOD controller based on the LSI Logic SAS expander chipset, the UltraStor™ RS16 JS is an ideal solution for professional storage applications such as image processing, web streaming, video editing, media & asset management libraries, and file/database/application servers that are hungry for speed and stability. The UltraStor™ RS16 JS delivers over 1.2GB/s on SAS and over 700MB/s on SATA drives using the latest SAS external host cards from ATTO, Areca and LSI Logic.


Starting at $2,895, the UltraStor™ RS16 JS is now available from Enhance Technology or through a selective group of dealers worldwide.




About Enhance Technology, Inc.


Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for data archiving, digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with branch office in Asia, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development. For more information about Enhance Technology, Inc. and the UltraStor™ RS16 JS, visit www.enhance-tech.com or contact your local dealers.


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Media Contact:

Steven Huang

Enhance Technology, Inc.

12221 Florence Ave.

Santa Fe Springs, CA. 90670

U.S.A.

562-777-3488 ext.117

steven@enhance-tech.com

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