SOURCE: AirTight Networks

August 29, 2006 09:00 ET

NextHop Technologies and AirTight Networks Partner for Wireless Applications

Joint Solutions Address Needs of Enterprise and SMB Customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- NextHop Technologies® and AirTight Networks™ today announced a marketing and technology partnership providing enhanced security and performance management for enterprise class wireless networking solutions. NextHop and AirTight will co-market wireless solutions to the OEM community based on NextHop's secure unified wired and wireless switching and routing software and AirTight's industry leading wireless planning and wireless intrusion prevention solutions. These capabilities will be integrated through both companies' published APIs (application programming interfaces): the AirTight API for wireless solutions and NextHop's Dynamic Network Architecture (DNA).

NextHop's DNA leads the industry in providing the crucial framework necessary for turnkey networking solutions to rapidly integrate value-added software components from independent software vendors, such as AirTight. This partnership will enable networking equipment suppliers to quickly and easily enhance NextHop's advanced wireless switching solution by additionally offering unique, state-of-the-art WLAN planning tools and intrusion prevention solutions provided by AirTight.

"NextHop is dedicated to bringing enterprise and SMB OEM customers cost-effective, easy-to-implement and easy-to-manage software for wireless solutions," said PG Menon, vice-president marketing at NextHop. "With the rise of WLANs in today's enterprise networks, companies of all sizes find they require unified wireless switching solution that is integrated with RF planning and intrusion prevention tools. We are therefore pleased to provide our WLAN customers with AirTight's best of breed security and performance management capabilities."

AirTight Networks leads the industry in providing both a robust, scaleable, manageable wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) solution. AirTight's SpectraGuard® Enterprise has established its industry leadership position by delivering the key elements of an effective wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS):

--  detecting and correctly classifying wireless threats - to catch all
    threats, while minimizing false alarms
--  preventing (multiple, simultaneous) wireless threats - while
    continuing to scan for new ones
--  accurately locating the wireless threats on a floor map - so they can
    be removed.
    
As wireless usage is now commonplace, these patented capabilities, along with the wireless management capabilities now embedded in all of AirTight's products, are critical to ensuring the cost-effective, secure, reliable performance of any enterprise network infrastructure.

"OEMs are an important market segment for AirTight," said David Canavan, vice president of business development at AirTight Networks. "Given NextHop's proven leadership in this market, this is an important partnership for us. As NextHop and its OEM customers penetrate the market, the need for integrated WIPS and planning solutions will be critical."

About NextHop Technologies

NextHop Technologies -- a leading developer of networking software solutions, partnering with customers, vendors and standards bodies, to enable and empower innovation for the networking and telecommunications market. NextHop enables turnkey solutions using merchant silicon and off-the-shelf hardware for the wired and wireless LAN communications market. NextHop's GateD® legacy provides the most complete set of routing protocols in the industry that is more reliable, more tested and more scalable than any other vendor-neutral solution. NextHop offers the unique combination of quick time to market and comprehensive networking functionality for carrier, enterprise LAN and WLAN equipment manufacturers. NextHop reaches these customers through a direct sales model and is based in Mountain View, California. For further information, please visit www.nexthop.com.

About AirTight Networks

Founded in 2002, AirTight Networks is the leader in wireless intrusion prevention and performance management (WIPPM) solutions. AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard® family of WIPPM products and services provides enterprises and service providers with around-the-clock wireless monitoring and automatic intrusion prevention, while managing wireless LAN network performance for maximum performance, capacity and uptime. The SpectraGuard family of products is the industry's only solution that correctly classifies wireless devices and events; and automatically identifies, automatically stops, and accurately locates wireless security risks and attacks. AirTight Networks' solutions scale from a single laptop to networks with millions of wireless devices. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.airtightnetworks.net.

NextHop Technologies and GateD are registered trademarks and NextHop is a trademark of NextHop Technologies Inc. AirTight, AirTight Networks, and the AirTight Networks logo are trademarks, and SpectraGuard is a registered trademark of AirTight Networks, Inc.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:

    For AirTight Networks:
    Donna Candelori
    Candelori Communications
    (408) 774-3414
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    For NextHop Technologies:
    Wanda Cavanaugh
    Windward Communications
    (650) 851-0880
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