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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

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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

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

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