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Enterasys

April 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Enhancements to the Enterasys Wireless Portfolio Advance Network Automation

Wireless Solution Significantly Lowers Costs for 802.11n Deployments

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  Enterasys, the network infrastructure and security division of Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG, today announced new 802.11n access points and automation features that redefine low cost/high functionality, enterprise-class wireless devices. As part of its continued enhancement of the network edge, including the recently announced B5 and C5 stackable switches, the new Enterasys Wireless (also known as HiPath Wireless) access points provide cost-effective, energy efficient, and easily deployed 802.11n upgrade solutions. With the introduction of these new access points, Enterasys has enhanced its leading integrated wired/wireless solution, enabling two network infrastructures to be managed and secured as a single entity, further simplifying network management and providing additional operational cost savings.

Automated policy management provides the same superior user experience whether the user attaches via a wired or wireless connection, which reduces network management complexities and improves network security. The new intelligent access points enhance the WLAN component of the integrated wired/wireless network and align WLAN operations with enterprise needs by providing 802.11a/b/g/n capabilities for both distributed and standalone network deployments.

"The integration of the Enterasys WLAN portfolio with its existing wired policy and infrastructure management is unique to the market. By allowing users to move from one WLAN to another and have their role-based policies move with them, Enterasys helps to lower operational costs. And that takes the hurdle to 802.11n adoption down a notch," said Paula Musich, senior analyst, Current Analysis.

With the release of Enterasys' new wireless offerings, the company has dramatically lowered the cost of upgrading the WLAN to encompass all of the benefits of 802.11n while eliminating unnecessary switch and infrastructure replacement costs. Enterasys provides the easiest migration path for customers to move to 802.11n technology, streamlining the installation process with specialized mounting hardware that enables the new access points to be quickly affixed to existing mounting brackets from other wireless vendors. The solution also significantly reduces installation and start-up time by automatically discovering, configuring and optimizing the new access points without cumbersome manual steps. Benefiting from a comprehensive lifetime warranty that protects their investment, Enterasys customers can save $140,000 in maintenance fees over the life of the equipment compared to a competing 200 access point deployment.

"Our success is highly dependent upon timely and reliable access to critical market and customer data," said Matthew McEwen, vice president at Stephens Inc. "We selected an Enterasys 802.11n solution because it's affordable, easy to manage, and it provides the same consistent network experience, whether we are in our office, in the conference room, or just standing in the lobby."

The Enterasys AP3605, AP3630 and AP3640, starting at a US list price of $685, will be available in Q2 2010. The Enterasys Wireless portfolio will be on display at the Interop 2010 show in Las Vegas from April 25-29.

About Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG
Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks.

For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

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