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Net Insight Receives Expansion Order from Large North American Sports Broadcaster For High-Demand Network

Nimbra 680 implementation increases bandwidth flexibility for high-quality sports content


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – 6/16/2009 - Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced its expansion order from a large North American sports broadcasters to incorporate additional Nimbra 680 platform into its high-traffic production and distribution networks for the delivery of in-demand sports content.


With Net Insight’s Nimbra 680 platform, the expansion enables the broadcaster to accommodate explosive demand from subscribers for access to high-definition, global sports content. The Nimbra 680 also future-proofs the network to accommodate potential expansion for future projects and high-profile sporting events. The equipment will be delivered in June 2009.


“The Nimbra platform provides unmatched benefits to global sports broadcasters and network operators, allowing them to effectively offer network services that their customers expect,” said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight.


Like other products in the Nimbra 600 series, the Nimbra 680 is a next generation media, multiservice switch designed to meet current and future needs of the professional media industry. The Nimbra 680 provides the industry’s lowest cost-per-bit switching, while including high switching capacity, end-to-end provisioning and restoration, full topology support and unique multicast support. By combining high capacity, the lowest cost per bit transport and guaranteed 100 percent QoS, the Nimbra 680 provides an economical solution for service providers looking to provide advanced video, voice and data services demanded by today´s market. Most importantly, as part of the Nimbra platform, the Nimbra 680 offers 97 percent bandwidth utilization making it the most capable switching platform on the market.


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world´s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbraâ„¢ platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 30 countries. Net

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Aurora Networks Launches Node Optimized for Europe to Evolve Regional Cable Market

NC2000 2×2 node brings Aurora Networks’ innovative technology and expertise

to maximize European HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG deployments


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, announces the debut of its NC2000 optical node, Aurora Networks’ first 2×2 segmentable, wall or cabinet mounting node platform intended specifically for the European cable market. By incorporating Aurora Networks’ field-proven digital return and virtual hub (VHubâ„¢) technologies, the NC2000 enables operators to maximize the bandwidth of existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC), Fiber Deep and RF over Glass (RFoG) deployments while simultaneously providing an optimal migration path to future network architectures with support for next-generation access modules, Node PONâ„¢, BitCoaxâ„¢ and Fiber on Demandâ„¢.


With three high-level outputs and full 2×2 segmentation, the NC2000 enables European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as VoD, high-speed data and HDTV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades. When used within Aurora Networks’ Fiber Deep architecture, cable’s first truly green architecture, the high output NC2000 eliminates the need for RF amplifiers after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer.


“The NC2000 gives European operators the ability to immediately and dramatically expand their bandwidth, and thereby their service offerings, without incurring major infrastructure construction costs,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks. “Aurora Networks is committed to supporting the evolution of the European cable industry to deliver a richer set of services to the home while enabling them to transition to next-generation, cost-effective network technologies.”


By incorporating Aurora Networks’ “plug–and-play” digital return technology, the NC2000 enables European operators to improve efficiency by concentrating up to 16 nodes on one return fiber for reduced noise, increased bandwidth and greatly improved network return balancing. Cable operators can also realize additional savings by configuring the NC2000 as a virtual hub, using Aurora Networks’ field-proven and widely deployed VHub technology, allowing cable operators to easily deploy new hubs where needed, extend network reach, cut installation costs and quickly bring new services to market.


As narrowcast services increase in popularity with subscribers, providers are faced with an ever-increasing need for bandwidth. Aurora Networks’ NC2000 gives European operators a low-cost, flexible solution in both HFC and Fiber Deep architectures to better compete with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies for subscribers, while supporting future network evolution.


Additional information, including technical product details and visuals for Aurora Networks’ Europe-specific NC2000 node, can be found at www.aurora.com. The NC2000 is now shipping and will be on display at ANGA Cable 2009 in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 at stand #B48.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, Node PON, BitCoax, Fiber on Demand and VHub are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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Ixia to Acquire Catapult Communications


Acquisition Will Make Ixia a Leader in 3G and 4G Wireless Test Market


CALABASAS, CA, May 11, 2009 – Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Catapult Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: CATT) (“Catapult”), under which Ixia will acquire Catapult for $9.25 per share in cash.  The transaction is valued at approximately $105 million, or $63 million net of Catapult’s cash and investments.  The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter.


Catapult’s 3G and 4G wireless networking test solutions are an excellent complement to Ixia’s complete line of IP performance test systems and service verification platforms.  With this acquisition, Ixia will be able to provide a single source solution for testing converged multiplay IP services over wireless and wireline networks to new and existing customers, specifically telecom equipment manufacturers and global service providers. Catapult’s advanced wireless test systems deliver superior high-performance solutions for hundreds of protocols and variants, including LTE, IMS, WiMAX, CDMA, VoIP, GPRS and GSM.


“We are at an inflection point where today’s advanced communications are quickly merging into a single, seamless delivery network that combines fixed and mobile communications,” said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Ixia.  “This acquisition will position Ixia as a leading source for end-to-end IP test solutions for wireline and wireless networks. In addition to immediately expanding our addressable market and making us a leader in 3G and 4G wireless testing, the acquisition will help drive top and bottom line growth.”


“Ixia and Catapult bring together complementary strengths in IP and wireless communications testing in terms of technology leadership and product portfolio,” said Dick Karp, Chairman and CEO of Catapult. “By combining Ixia’s multiplay IP test capabilities with Catapult’s wireless test expertise, Ixia will be able to offer the market a single, powerful solution that leverages both companies’ technologies, customers, and global distribution channels to accelerate growth and innovation in key markets.”


The acquisition will be conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Catapult, followed by a second-step merger. The board of directors of Catapult has unanimously recommended that the stockholders of Catapult accept the offer, and Dick Karp and Nancy Karp have entered into a support agreement to tender their shares, which represent approximately 37% of shares outstanding. The offer, which is expected to commence within the next ten business days, will be subject to customary conditions, including acceptance of the tender offer by the holders of a majority of Catapult’s outstanding shares and regulatory approvals (including antitrust compliance).


This transaction is expected to be accretive to Ixia’s non-GAAP earnings as early as the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP earnings exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and other non-recurring charges, net of the applicable tax effects.


Thomas Weisel Partners LLC is acting as financial advisor and Bryan Cave LLP is acting as legal counsel to Ixia.


About Ixia


Ixia is a leading provider of IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for IP-based infrastructure and services. Ixia’s test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex IP networks, devices, and applications. Ixia’s multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.


For more information, contact Ixia at 26601 W. Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 871-1800, Fax: (818) 871-1805; Email:info@ixiacom.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.ixiacom.com.  Ixia and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia.


About Catapult Communications


Catapult is a leading supplier of advanced digital telecom test systems to global equipment manufacturers and service providers, including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Nortel and Nokia Siemens Networks. The Catapult DCT2000 and MGTS systems deliver superior high-end test solutions for hundreds of protocols and variants—spanning LTE, IMS, WiMAX, UMTS, CDMA, VoIP, GPRS, GSM, and SS7. The Company is committed to providing testing tools that are at the forefront of the telecom technology curve.


For more information, contact Catapult at 160 South Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94041; (650) 960-1025. Or visit Catapult’s website atwww.catapult.com.


Safe Harbor Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:


Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential acquisition of Catapult, the anticipated benefits of Ixia’s proposed acquisition of Catapult, possible future revenues, growth and profitability and future business and market share. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict” or the like. Such statements reflect our current intent, belief and expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause future results to differ materially from our current expectations include those identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Important Additional Information


Please note that this document is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of Catapult common stock will only be pursuant to an offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and related materials that Ixia, or a subsidiary thereof, intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Catapult intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and mail to its stockholders a Tender Offer Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 in connection with the tender offer. When the materials are available, stockholders of Catapult should read those materials carefully because they contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Free copies of the materials, which will be filed by Ixia and Catapult, will be available at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Website at www.sec.gov, or with respect to Ixia materials, at www.ixiacom.com, and also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to Ixia, and with respect to Catapult materials, at http://www.catapult.com/and also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to Catapult.

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Aurora Networks To Showcase Evolving Cable Solutions at ANGA Cable 2009

Fiber to the Premises, Fiber Deep and node segmentation solutions demonstrated to help European cable operators fight competition


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 11, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, will showcase its first European-optimized node and demonstrate its evolving cable solutions at the ANGA Cable 2009 show in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 in stand #B48.


Aurora Networks’ new node, which will be demonstrated in four configurations at the show, is specifically designed to meet European operators’ unique deployment, capacity and architecture needs to deliver today’s in-demand subscriber services. In addition to its European-optimized node, Aurora Networks will showcase its existing, industry-leading tools to help cable operators evolve in Europe’s competitive landscape:


• Industry-leading RFoG and RFPON (RFoG with a smooth migration to full PON) solutions to enable cable operators to take advantage of FTTP architectures, incorporating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations associated with traditional approaches.


• Innovative Fiber Deep solutions that deliver a passive HFC architecture and products that enable European MSOs to significantly increase network capacity per subscriber while reducing their on-going operating expenses – cable’s first green architecture.


• With a focus on enabling simple evolution to increase network capacity, Aurora Networks will showcase its “Evolution not Revolution” node display, which demonstrates the industry’s most versatile node platform available today. This display will clearly show how cable operators can build upon their existing architecture with the deployment of Aurora Networks’ node platform today and not have to “rip and replace” to support next-generation services which will be demanded by their subscribers.


• Aurora Networks’ industry-leading LcWDM® (“O”-band) analog transmitter solution enables up to eight downstream and a dozen or more upstream wavelengths on the same fiber. This solution demonstrates fiber-efficient segmentation, a key opportunity for European operators to expand network capacity to accommodate more narrowcast services with constructing new fiber links.


• Additionally, Aurora Networks’ complete line of WDM solutions, CWDM and DWDM technologies including the AT3520G transmitter introduced in February 2009, which increases narrowcast bandwidth by 50 percent. WDM solutions allow European operators to add more wavelengths to their network without expensive or interruptive construction.


“In the evolving European cable market, operators need regionally-specific solutions that help them compete effectively with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies offering similar subscriber services,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of business development for Europe, Aurora Networks. “Given the popularity of our solutions and the increasing market demand in Europe for converged services, Aurora Networks continues to be committed to leading the evolution in the cable industry through innovative, cost-effective solutions designed specifically for cable operators. ANGA Cable presents an ideal opportunity for the cable industry to learn how to leverage our solutions to advance network capabilities.”


Additionally, Wim Mostert, director of product management for Aurora Networks, will address attendees on WDM solutions for the European market in a technical presentation titled “Tools to Quadruple the Capacity for Targeted Services without Fibre Construction.” The session will be held in Room B during the “Fibre: The Way to Handle Increasing Capacity” panel from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.


Please join Aurora Networks for demonstrations and information about its new European-optimized node and other unique solutions at ANGA Cable 2009, stand #B48.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks and the Aurora logo are trademarks of and LcWDM is a registered trademark of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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Net Insight receives an order for contribution network from DR in Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden – 13 May 2009 – Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, has received an order from DR in Denmark for a contribution network for video and Ethernet services.


Net Insight’s Nimbra platform will be used to link eight different sites in Denmark. The solution is based on Nimbra 680 that will provide efficient transport of video with guaranteed 100 percent QoS at industry-leading bandwidth utilization levels.


“Net Insight offers a secure and stable contribution platform that handles both video and data traffic between DR’s District and DR Byen”, says Lars Sorner, Project manager at DR. “In the long term DR will also use the platform to integrate all the audio connections for radio.”


The order was received in cooperation with Broadcast Service Danmark (BSD), who are since 2006 operating the Digital Terrestrial TV distribution network in Denmark based on the Nimbra platform. BSD is a wholly owned subsidiary of the two Danish public service broadcasters DR and TV 2/DANMARK and is responsible for the analogue and digital distribution of TV and radio in Denmark. BSD will deliver operations support to DR.


“This is an important order from a new customer in our neighbouring country where we are already present”, says Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight. “We are looking forward to continued good cooperation with both DR and BSD.”


The Nimbra equipment will be delivered in the second quarter 2009.


For more information, please contact:

Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO of Net Insight AB, +46 8 685 04 69 or +46 70 634 0601, fredrik.tragardh@netinsight.net


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world´s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbraâ„¢ platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net


About DR

For more information, visit www.dr.dk


About BSD

For more information, visit www.bsd.dk

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Net Insight expands partner network in Asia

Net Insight increases its footprint in Asia

by partnering with HBE, Mediatech, Sogitec, and City Team


Stockholm, Sweden– May 11, 2009 – Net Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced that its network of business partners and resellers has lately been extended by four new channels in Asia: Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) in India, Mediatech in Hong Kong, Sogitec in Vietnam, and City Team in Malaysia. With this latest expansion Net Insight now collaborates

with 14 partners in the Asia Pacific region, covering most major markets.

Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) will be representing Net Insight in the growing Indian market.

HBE focuses on delivering state of the art broadcast solutions and is a partner of choice for all leading broadcasters and service providers in India. Market segments addressed by HBE include Broadcast & Media networks, DVB-T/DVB-H and CATV/IPTV.

Mediatech (International) Limited is a new Net Insight partner in Hong Kong. Mediatech is a systems integrator and equipment solution provider for the professional video, audio and data markets. Target customers include terrestrial TV stations, cable operators, cable headends, satellite broadcasters, and government departments.

In South East Asia, Net Insight has broadened its presence through Sogitec in Vietnam and City Team in Malaysia. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Sogitec has a nationwide network of local sales and support personnel addressing the Vietnamese broadcast and media market. City Team is focused on getting new business for Net Insight in Malaysia, bringing long experience and good knowledge of the Malaysian media industry.


“We see increasing opportunities for our products in Asia and are expanding our partnerships according to plan”, said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight.


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scaleable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net

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Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage

Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage  


New Professional Services Address Continued Global Demand From Enterprises for Help Managing IT Environments  


BASKING RIDGE, N.J.  – To meet the growing demand from enterprises for help maximizing IT environments, Verizon Business is expanding its already robust portfolio of global professional consulting services.


The company announced Wednesday (May 6) seven additional IT consulting services that address the need for global enterprises to optimize the performance of applications operating on their networks and to securely store the growing volume of corporate data.  The new professional application-assessment and storage services — available in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region — will be delivered by specially trained and experienced consultants.


Global managed and professional services — a key part of Verizon Business’ strategic services offerings — represent a significant growth area for the company.  It expects to experience continued expansion in this area throughout 2009.  Verizon Business’ strategic services — which also include fast-growing IP (Internet protocol), Ethernet and security solutions — drove revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter 2009, up 7.5 percent from the first quarter 2008.  


“IT performance is taking on new meaning in today’s challenging business environment,” said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president — global services, Verizon Business.  “Rather than just hoping their IT environment will perform optimally, companies need to be proactive in managing their applications and ensuring critical company data is stored appropriately for safekeeping and retrieval.  Through our expanded portfolio we are helping companies do all this securely and without missing a beat.”


Amy DeCarlo, principal analyst – managed IT services, Current Analysis, said: “Enterprises are looking for flexible options when making decisions about enhancing their IT and network environments.  The fact that Verizon Business is vendor- and technology-neutral gives customers more alternatives to choose from to ensure they have access to solutions tailored to fit their particular needs.”


Helping Enterprises Address LAN and WAN Performance Challenges


Through the company’s new standardized suite of Network Application Assessment professional services, customers can easily address periodic local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) performance issues that can slow down the delivery of applications to corporate users. This suite also can help companies plan for long-term growth needs.


These new application-assessment services, which offer customers the ability to reactively or proactively review the health of their applications and networks and identify potential areas for remediation, are:


Critical Business Problem Resolution:  For organizations needing to immediately address critical business issues, Verizon Business can help them to investigate and identify root cause of network issues and facilitate troubleshooting as well as provide recommendations on how to resolve WAN and LAN issues contributing to the degradation of application delivery.  Areas of focus include analysis on multiple aspects of the network, including how applications are utilized and end-to-end performance between end users and applications.


Application Infrastructure Analysis:  Provides a proactive analysis of the customer’s existing network, application infrastructure and architecture with a focus on application performance, including the network’s ability to support new applications such as VoIP and SAP.  Results of this analysis can be used by the customer for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; documentation of existing network infrastructure; business continuity planning; capacity analysis, including peak season performance analysis and end-of-life network and application infrastructure redundancy and/or scalability.


Network Health Assessment: For organizations proactive in their approach, Verizon Business experts can provide a Network Health Assessment service that examines a customer’s existing network infrastructure and architecture.  Results can be used for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; network re-architecture; end-of-life network hardware analysis; network improvements, including WAN acceleration options; or identification or analysis of any latency issues. Service is ideal for organizations wishing to establish a reference design to address known areas of concern; identify traffic flow; baseline the current network performance by device and by link, as well as document and review critical business process that include applications.


 Storage Considerations Key Among Enterprises


 More and more enterprises need ways to manage and store data in an increasingly information-driven world. Verizon Business industry experts can help organizations assess existing storage configurations as well as design and build new storage solutions that help them meet their IT requirements and data storage regulations.  The four new consulting services are:   


Storage Assessment: Assess current storage solutions and recommend improvements based on the customer’s technical and business requirements.


Database Assessment and Design: Examine existing database solution and recommend improvements based on the customer’s IT and business environment.  


Database Backup/Replication Assessment: Assess current data backup and/or data replication strategies and recommend improvements for either data retention or backup policies.


Storage Integration: Implement a new storage solution and migrate data for storage area network (SAN)-based applications.


With these capabilities in addition to extensive managed service offerings, Verizon Business is able to offer and support the entire lifecycle of data and storage solutions as part of an overall infrastructure management engagement. Enterprises can turn to Verizon Business to find the right solution to meet their specific needs — whether it’s moving to virtualization; or the need to augment a company’s data replication strategy or improve its database configuration; or address whether an organization wants to transition from a distributed data configuration to a SAN architecture.


All Verizon Business storage consulting and management services are delivered by professionals certified and trained in storage technologies, including EMC-certified engineers, who can implement and develop infrastructure and tools for management.              


Delivering Solutions Through Key Practice Areas


Verizon Business excels in delivering solutions across key practice areas that address a wide range of business and technology issues for today’s extended enterprise, which includes employees, customers, partners and suppliers.


 The professional services team is able to provide guidance and recommendations for accelerating the transition to new technologies, applications and delivery methods, as well as address data storage and security compliance requirements.  


Verizon Business delivers a standardized set of more than 50 professional-service capabilities in four key practice areas: Security Solutions, IT Solutions, Network Engineering and Integration Services, and Communications Solutions.


The company provides a complementary set of managed network, managed hosting and managed security offerings, and manages and maintains more than 4,000 customer networks and more than 270,000 communications devices around the globe. Its global infrastructure, including one of the most expansive and the most connected global IP networks in the world, provides a unique foundation from which to serve multinational customers.


For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com/solutions/professional.


 About Verizon Business Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees – enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments – including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions – rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

TM Forum Membership Up 25% As Comms Industry Seeks Guidance in Tough Times

TM Forum takes pole position to help industry tackle recession


MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 5, 2009 – TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced results for the financial year ending March 31, 2009. For the fifth consecutive year, the international not-for-profit organization has achieved revenue and membership growth of more than 25%. The results show an organization well placed to weather the current global recession, and reinforce the Forum’s leading position in helping its global membership tackle the effects of the economic crisis.


TM Forum exists to help its 737 member companies – which include service providers and suppliers in the telecom, mobile, cable, defense and media sectors across 185 countries – by providing leadership, guidance and practical solutions that improve their business effectiveness. In the current economic climate as service providers seek to reduce operating costs, the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards provide a stable, low-risk roadmap for cost-base transformation. In addition, the Forum is leading the way for delivery and monetization of new services, exploring new business models and opportunities with partners in an extended value-chain of content and media players.


According to Keith Willetts, chairman and CEO, TM Forum, “Very few of the countries where TM Forum has active members have escaped the effects of the global financial crisis. For a long time we have been saying that – sooner or later- service providers everywhere will need to radically change the way they do business or their cost base will sink them. The global downturn has brought this line of thinking into very sharp focus.”


The Forum’s flagship Management World conference being held this week in Nice, France, will tackle these key issues head on. The conference – which has proven itself as the communication industry’s conference of choice for 2009 – exposes the value of the Forum’s best practices and standards through more than 100 service provider led presentations and case studies. “Moving onwards through 2009, the Forum is well placed to help its members triumph in these difficult times,” added Willetts.


About TM Forum

With 737 member companies across 185 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.

To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

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Single Buoy Moorings chooses Orange Business Services to deploy Cisco TelePresence

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Paris and Monaco, April 27, 2009

Cisco TelePresence to improve employee collaboration and reduce operational costs

Cisco and Orange Business Services today announced that Single Buoy Moorings, a multinational group of companies that provides systems and services to the oil and gas industry, has chosen Cisco TelePresenceâ„¢ to help increase efficiency and reduce costs associated with its business operations.

The oil and gas industry is highly competitive and Single Buoy Moorings’ ability to foster innovation, increase employee productivity and reduce operational costs is a critical aspect of its business. An all-inclusive Cisco TelePresence implementation managed by Orange Business Services will help Single Buoy Moorings meet these challenges by allowing employees to collaborate effectively on projects and capitalize on the talent it has across the organization irrespective of location. It will also help reduce the amount of time spent and costs associated with business travel and reduce the related carbon emissions.

“Innovation is the lifeblood of our organization. We continually look for new ways to improve productivity, quality and decrease the time it takes to bring systems and products to market,” said Guillaume Ramey, IT & IS manager, Single Buoy Moorings. “With Cisco TelePresence we have found a solution that recreates the immersive experience of face-to-face meetings, helping us to transform our business by changing the way teams collaborate on projects, reduce the amount of travel, and ultimately enhancing the services we deliver to our customers.”

Orange Business Services is providing a fully-managed solution including project management, consultancy, deployment, network services, and operational management. Single Buoy Moorings’ telepresence traffic will be carried on the Orange IP VPN, the world’s largest Telepresence-enabled network, which holds Certified Cisco TelePresence Connection (CCTC) status, which is based on stringent performance requirements vital to a successful Telepresence experience.

Single Buoy Moorings has deployed the Cisco TelePresence System 3000 in Houston (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Monaco, and Schiedam (Netherlands) which delivers an advanced, high definition meeting experience with superior audio and video capabilities, allowing employees in different countries to meet as if they were working in the same office. This implementation demonstrates that the company IT network can serve as a platform to improve every aspect of its communications and business operations.

Editor’s note

Cisco TelePresence delivers real-time, face-to-face interactions between people and places in their work and personal lives using advanced visual, audio, and collaboration technologies. These technologies transmit life-size, high-definition images and spatial discrete audio. Now it’s easier than ever to discern facial expressions for those crucial business discussions and negotiations across the “virtual table.” For further information about TelePresence, go to: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns669/networking_solutions_solution_segment_home.html

About Single Buoy Moorings

The SBM group of companies is a world leader in the design, fabrication, installation and servicing on a supply or lease/operate basis of loading and offloading mooring terminals, as well as tanker-based floating production and storage (FPSOs/FSOs) systems, for the offshore oil and gas industry. It has its HQ in Schiedam (NL) and in financial year 2008 had unaudited net profit of US$227m against a record turnover of US$3.06bn.

SBM employs 5,000 people representing 47 nationalities and has a presence at 42 sites onshore and offshore, in 15 countries around the world. SBM clients are global players such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP, Total and Shell or national oil companies.

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 123 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2008, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros and a customer base of more than 182 million customers in 30 countries. These include 122 million mobile customers worldwide and 13 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers in Europe. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

The Group’s strategy, which is characterized by a strong focus on innovation, convergence and effective cost management, aims to establish Orange as an integrated operator and benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. Today the Group remains focused on its core activities as a network operator, while working to develop its position in new growth activities. To meet customer expectations, the Group strives to provide products and services that are simple and user-friendly, while maintaining a sustainable and responsible business model that can be adapted to the requirements of a fast-paced and changing eco-system.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information: www.orange.com, www.francetelecom.com, www.orange-business.com

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.

About Cisco

Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco news and information are available at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. Cisco equipment in Europe is supplied by Cisco Systems International BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.

Press contact:

Orange Business Services - Global, Europe and Asia Pacific

Frédéric Gielec

+33 1 46 46 2189

frederic.gielec@orange-ftgroup.com

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Edgeware Partners with Avtrex to Bring Ad-Insertion and Trick Play Capabilities to Web TV

Edgeware, the provider of revolutionary server systems for network deployed on-demand TV, and Avtrex, a leading supplier of client software for set top boxes and connected TVs, today announced their partnership to provide full interoperability for video services delivered over the Internet including, ad-insertion and trick play capabilities.


The combined Edgeware-Avtrex offering enables operators and content rights owners to quickly build a solution to deliver premium, on-demand video and TV over the open Internet where the highest Quality of Service (QoS) is necessary.


Edgeware and Avtrex’s combined solution provides a true DVD-like experience with support for full interactivity including multi-speed fast-forward and rewind. Edgeware servers store only the file encoded at the normal speed to deliver trick play video ‘on-the-fly’ when requested by each Avtrex client. The partnership also enables advertising-funded business models via support for dynamic playlists. Adverts personalized to individual consumers’ interests and needs can be inserted at appropriate places in the featured content. Pre-roll, post-roll and interstitial insertions are all supported with full trick-play functionality.


“For Internet TV and video services to move from the PC to the TV, they need to meet the expectations of a premium content service,” said Joachim Roos, founder and CEO of Edgeware. “Working with Avtrex, we can deliver a cost efficient and scalable end–to-end solution including targeted advertizing and full interactivity, based on standard protocols”.


Through the partnership, broadcast content is recorded in the network by Edgeware servers and delivered using open Internet protocols to set top boxes and connected televisions running Avtrex client software. Even in congested networks where TCP re-transmission is required, each Edgeware server can deliver unique streams to over 32,000 Avtrex clients at the same time. The servers consume just 85W of power, 1U rack space and require virtually no maintenance. Operational costs are dramatically reduced enabling caching of premium content at the edge and avoiding expensive core network and backhaul upgrades for Web TV deployment.


The Avtrex client software, whether in a set top box or installed directly in a network-connected television, provides sophisticated buffer management which ensures smooth operation over the Web despite varying network conditions. A development platform enables simple porting of services to new client devices and all major encryption systems for content rights protection are supported. Depending on the video rights available, delivery of content to multiple devices in a home network is also supported through the Avtrex Home Server functionality.


”Edgeware’s servers, which already provided a revolutionary solution to operational cost of IPTV and video-on-demand implementations, have allowed Avtrex to create a superior user experience, while satisfying the demanding requirements of system operators and content owners with regard to content security and monetization,” said Steve Francis, CEO of Avtrex.


The two companies will be showing a full demonstration of the solution at the Edgeware’s NAB booth C1657.


About Edgeware

Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.


In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.


The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.


www.edgeware.tv


About Avtrex

Avtrex, Inc, is a Silicon Valley-based start-up focused on advanced technologies for digital video recording, digital television, and home media distribution. Avtrex is a provider of embedded software whose customers are leading innovators in consumer electronics and digital entertainment. Avtrex is privately held, founded in 2001 by a team that has been working together for more than a decade. More information about Avtrex is available at www.avtrex.com.


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