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InnoPath Delivers Mobile Device Management Client on Casio G’zOne

Leading MDM Innovator Expands Standards-based FOTA with Addition of New Handset


image001.jpgInnoPath Software, the leader in Mobile Device Management (MDM), has extended its reach with OMA-DM client support on the Casio G’zOne Boulder. The G’zOne, recently launched into the North American market, is a ruggedized, field-force optimized phone with CDMA/EVDO, video, GPS, and push-to-talk capabilities. The InnoPath client, coupled with the company’s server at the wireless operator, helps avoid device recalls and provides a better end-user experience with Firmware updates Over The Air (FOTA).


FOTA, a relatively new technology for North American operators, allows the update of firmware on devices such as mobile phones deployed in the field. In the past, firmware updates needed to be done by re-flashing the device at a retail store or service center. Because FOTA allows operators to upgrade features or patch firmware without needing to physically touch or recall the device, this technology is increasingly popular with operators trying to deliver the best possible subscriber experience. Indeed, some operators have mandated that all new phones ship with FOTA capability.


Casio’s selection of the InnoPath iMDM Client for the G’zOne is evidence of the company’s continued technical leadership and operational expertise, including its unique Port-to-Production program. Over the last four quarters, the InnoPath client has been ported to over fifty handset models by almost every major OEM.


“As mobile devices continue to increase in complexity, the cost of customer care’s impact on operators’ bottom line will grow just as quickly. This means that now is the time for them to implement MDM and re-invent their frontline customer care,” stated David Ginsburg, vice president of Marketing for InnoPath. “The ROI for MDM in support of customer care has been validated by analyst firms like Stratecast and represents immediate cost savings in the billions by 2009. InnoPath’s end-to-end MDM solution is key to this evolution of wireless operators’ customer care organizations.”


Link to original PR. Link to Stratecast ROI analysis. (This analysis will be covered as part of a joint InnoPath-Stratecast webinar, to be held on the 7th of Oct. Signup here.)


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Enhance Launches UltraStor™ Populated Storage Solutions

The Scalable & Expandable RAID Systems with Onsite Support


 


Santa Fe Springs, CA Sept 16, 2008 Enhance Technology USA is now shipping the flagship UltraStor™ storage system, the 2U 8-disk (RS8) & 3U 16-disk (RS16) high availability rack mountable storage system, bundled with disks and onsite support. Intended to provide easy installation, simple management, and next-day service to the SMB market segment, the populated and service-packed UltraStor™ system is also widely used by workgroup of enterprises, and offers expandability that greatly reduced the overall cost of ownership.


 


The UltraStor™ RAID system is scalable and expandable. Starting half-populated storage capacity, the UltraStor™ RS system is scalable up to 80 TB with current 1 TB hard drives. At fewer than 50 cents per gigabyte, it is priced less than competing products and at a fraction of the cost from Sun, IBM, and HP, presenting an exceptional value and best cost/capacity ratio. The primary RAID embedded RS RAID system ships with latest core Intel storage processor, and expansion is done through daisy-chaining four (4+) RS16 JS JBOD systems via built-in SAS expansion port (MiniSAS SFP8088), providing dynamic data expansion path.


 


There are three types of UltraStor™ RAID system that are ready to address customers’ need for storage; respectively, the high performance RS8/16 SS with SAS connectivity, the high availability RS8/16 FS with Fibre Channel connectivity, and the high bandwidth RS8/16 P4 with GbE connectivity. All three models are expandable and are accepting both low cost SATA disks and high reliability SAS disks. The UltraStor™ RS 8/16 systems have been widely used in data intensive applications such as backup storage, clustering, near-line storage or off-line archive data vault, 10-bit high definition video-editing, etc. While the RS8/16 SS SAS model produces the highest throughput and used in backup and clustering environments and the RS8/16 FS Fibre model is largely deployed in SAN application, the latest RS8/16 IP-4 iSCSI model comes with four (4+) gigabit Ethernet ports and is ideal for IP SAN and centrally managed storage applications. 


 


Designed to be simple and reliable, Enhance enterprise storage system can be mounted in minutes and monitored by normal administrative staff and simple manageability is available through Enhance Technology’s intuitive WebGUI remote storage management via web browser. While spare kits can be purchased separately that includes hot-swappable components such as fan and power module, Enhance enterprise solutions come default with UltraCare™ service offering next day parts replacement, advanced loaner unit, and 8 x 5 onsite supports. This provides an efficient and cost effective solution for SMB clients without the burden of hiring a dedicated technical staff.


 


The successful UltraStor™ RS system witnesses an ever-growing installed customer base and has been intensively and extensively validated to be fully interoperable with most popular hardware such as host bus adapters (HBA), hard disks, switches, etc., and is compatible with software applications such as SAN and OS virtualization (VMware). Additional supported Operating Systems now include Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, Linux 2.4, and Sun Solaris. Enhance also announced support for Window’s Multi-path I/O (MPIO) technology, delivering over 1,000 MB/sec performance (based on SS model).


About Enhance Technology, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems for digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, post production, data archive and IT market places. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with Asia branch in Taipei, Taiwan, Enhance Technology has become the world leader in designing and developing hybrid I/O storage solutions. For more information about the UltraStor™ Populated Storage Solutions and Onsite Services, please visit www.enhance-tech.com or contact your local dealer.


 

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Acme Packet Announces Debut of Net-Net 4500 Session Border Controller

BURLINGTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced the introduction of its Net-Net 4500, a new addition to the Net-Net 4000 series that increases performance and capacity by 100% or more in session border controller (SBC), multiservice security gateway (MSG) and session routing proxy (SRP) product configurations. Positioned between the Net-Net 4250 and Net-Net 9200 in terms of price, performance and capacity, the Net-Net 4500 satisfies service provider, large enterprise and contact center requirements at both network access and interconnect border points.


As the number of subscribers utilizing IP-based interactive communications continues to grow on a worldwide basis, service providers are making investments in network expansion. Similarly, enterprises who have already embraced voice over IP (VoIP) are expanding session capacity in their networks in order to reap the business benefits offered by presence-enabled unified communications (UC). Emerging wireless services leveraging femtocell or Wi-Fi access points to enable fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) will require security gateway platforms with high-IPsec tunnel capacity. Industry experts have similar perspectives on these trends: in a recent survey conducted by Infonetics Research, session capacity and performance were identified by service providers as the top two SBC requirements. Infonetics cited “unabated VoIP subscriber growth” as the driving factor behind this survey’s results.


“Acme Packet constantly strives to anticipate the ever-changing demands of new services and applications, so our customers can evolve their networks to meet those demands,” said Patrick MeLampy, CTO of Acme Packet. “The positive customer feedback we’ve received from beta and early customer deployments of the Net-Net 4500 assures us that our vision is aligned with that of our customers.”


Net-Net 4500 raises the bar for performance and capacity

The Net-Net 4500 provides the extra measure of performance and capacity needed to help Acme Packet customers support an ever-increasing number of users and volume of sessions. Relative to the Net-Net 4250, the Net-Net 4500 platform offers enhanced levels of performance and capacity that benefit all Acme Packet product categories:


In SBC configurations, the Net-Net 4500 processes up to 160% more messages per second (MPS) for SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking and MGCP, optimizing the number of calls per second (CPS) that the network can accommodate. With a 100% increase in media capacity to 64,000 sessions, the Net-Net 4500 eases the transition to next-generation services and applications, such as interactive video, that generate more media flows per session.


As an SRP, the Net-Net 4500 supports 2 million local routing rules, 100% more than the Net-Net 4250. This expansion can reduce the number of routing elements required in many networks, reducing overall complexity and cost.


·       When operating as an MSG, the Net-Net 4500 supports 512,000 IPsec tunnels for backhauling SIP or GSM traffic over untrusted networks from femtocells or dual-mode endpoints. This is 300% more than the Net-Net 4250, greatly reducing the cost per tunnel.


The Net-Net 4500 also delivers enhanced security capabilities in SBC or MSG configurations with the ability to support up to 300% more dynamic access control list (ACL) entries. Dynamic access control protects both the Net-Net 4500 and core service infrastructure from attacks and overloads.


New hardware evolves industry’s leading carrier-class border control platform

The Net-Net 4500 inherits many of the platform characteristics that made the Net-Net 4250 the industry’s leading SBC platform. Like all other Acme Packet platforms, the Net-Net 4500 operates on Acme Packet’s Net-Net OS, which delivers the industry’s richest set of functions and features for controlling traffic across and between IP network borders, including carrier-class high availability for non-stop service delivery. The increased performance and larger capacities of the Net-Net 4500 are made possible by a series of system-level enhancements, including:


more powerful host processor


more memory


higher capacity content addressable memory (CAM)


higher speed secure services module (SSM) for IPsec and TLS


Network interface unit (NIU) modules offering a variety of copper and fiber interfaces at speeds up to 1000 Mbps, redundant load-sharing 300 watt power supplies, and the easy-to-read blue LCD display are all retained on the Net-Net 4500.


Additionally, the Net-Net 4500 utilizes a new power supply subsystem that consumes less power, offering lower operating expenditures (OpEx) and a more eco-friendly footprint, as well as other platform enhancements designed to simplify and enhance installation and maintenance.


About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communications—voice, video and multimedia sessions—and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks—from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols—SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248—and multiple border points—interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 540 customers in 84 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 85 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.


Acme Packet Safe Harbor StatementStatements contained herein that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our position in the session border control market, our expected financial and operating results, our ability to establish and maintain intellectual property rights, our ability to build and grow Acme Packet, the benefits and advantages of our products, including any enhancements or new features, services and programs and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties in growing our customer base, difficulties leveraging market opportunities, difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers, poor product sales, long sales cycles, difficulty developing new products, difficulty in relationships with vendors and partners, higher risk in international operations, difficulty managing rapid growth, and increased competition. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially form those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.

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Infonetics Research, Service Provider Plans for VoIP: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean 2008, Copyright © 2008 Infonetics Research, Inc.

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