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August 11, 2009 08:00 ET

Bucks County School District Converts WAN to Vyatta Open Networking

Pennsylvania School District Chooses Vyatta 2502 Appliances Over Cisco

BELMONT, CA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Vyatta, the leader in open networking and network virtualization, today announced that its open routing and security solutions have been deployed by the Bucks County School District in Pennsylvania. Using Vyatta 2502 appliances, the district now provides a cost-effective BGP routing solution with improved scalability and performance for the myriad of educational institutions it serves.

The district's technology staff was experiencing performance issues with their Cisco networking infrastructure and looked for a high-performance routing and security solution that would scale to meet increasing demands on the network -- but one that wasn't cost-prohibitive. After considering costly proprietary alternatives, the district chose to deploy the Vyatta Series 2502 appliances, which now run the network that serves the county's 13 school districts and community college. With Vyatta, the district saved thousands of tax payer dollars while boosting its routing capacity -- assuring higher performance and unparalleled scalability for their users.

"Vyatta is providing us with a way to cost-effectively connect 100,000 students, 10,000 teachers, and 18 independent educational agencies across the County," said Mark Hoffman, Director of Instructional Materials and Technology for Bucks County Schools. "I'm amazed at the number of features Vyatta delivers in a really cost-effective package. We hope that the Vyatta solution will play a big part in allowing us to deliver managed services throughout the district -- from disaster recovery to email hosting and database support."

Vyatta's 2502 appliance delivers a pre-integrated open-software and standard hardware solution in a 1U rack mount form factor. The system's processing power and hardware flexibility made it a great choice for Bucks County School District, in contrast to proprietary vendors that often charge thousands of dollars extra for many of the features that come standard with Vyatta. With tightly integrated routing and security features, and broad interface support of up to 10 Gbps, Vyatta Series 2502 appliances offer unmatched price, performance, and flexibility for networks of any size.

"Educational customers have always struggled to deliver the best network services for their constituencies," said Dave Roberts, vice-president of strategy and marketing at Vyatta. "'Doing more with less,' is the standard mantra for these organizations, even during a robust economy. These days, that's not just talk; it's absolutely critical to being able to keep these organizations up and running at all. The popularity of Vyatta's open routing and security solutions is rapidly growing in this down economy. As network administrators search for more affordable alternatives, they are realizing that open source alternatives can address their needs and that Cisco is not their only choice."

Through August 31, 2009, Vyatta is offering all qualified educational institutions a 15 percent discount on Vyatta appliances or subscriptions. For more information, go to http://www.vyatta.com/promo/edu.php.

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Vyatta builds commercially supported, open-source networking solutions that provide an alternative to over-priced, inflexible products from proprietary vendors. Our customers are smarter, better looking, and drive much nicer cars than purchasers of big-name products. Vyatta customers know that Vyatta's Linux-based router, firewall and VPN software gives them a level of control unavailable from proprietary solutions. Vyatta customers are thought leaders who recognize the benefits of flexible deployment options -- x86 hardware, blade servers, virtualization -- of freedom to integrate applications of their choice, and of the economic and performance advantages of commodity hardware and components. For more info, visit http://www.vyatta.com.

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