SOURCE: NetScaler, Inc.

May 26, 2005 15:17 ET

NetScaler and IBM Give Merrill Lynch Faster Delivery of Critical Business Applications and Services

Networking Solution Speeds Application Response Times, Strengthens Application Security and Reduces Costs for Financial Services Leader

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 26, 2005 -- NetScaler, Inc., the global leader in accelerated application delivery systems, today announced it has joined with IBM to deploy its application delivery systems at Merrill Lynch to speed the delivery of several critical business applications for the company's financial advisors and users of its retirement benefits platform. The NetScaler systems will improve application response times and data security, while reducing enterprise IT costs.

"We believe the NetScaler solution provides the optimal combination of technology, architecture and long-term vision for the advanced networking market," stated Joe Ferlisi, director, Technology Development & Deployment Services, Merrill Lynch.

The solution deployed at Merrill Lynch combines NetScaler's breakthrough application networking technology with market leading application infrastructure platforms such as IBM WebSphere and DB2 middleware technologies. In addition to enhancing existing applications, this powerful combination allows customers to design and deploy new applications in the most efficient way possible, right from the outset.

NetScaler initially gained widespread recognition for its success in accelerating some of the most high profile sites on the Internet. All five of the top five e-businesses in the world, in fact, now rely on NetScaler to accelerate hundreds of millions of user transactions that flow through them each day. Over the past two years NetScaler has delivered this same benefit to a wide variety of complex enterprise applications, allowing leading Global 2000 companies across all industry segments to accelerate application performance as well as manage traditional load balancing, security and availability requirements. Deploying NetScaler systems in front of enterprise data centers has been shown to accelerate the performance of custom Web applications as well as enterprise applications like Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, SAP and Microsoft Exchange by up to 5x or more.(1)

"For years, NetScaler has been deployed and even standardized in the most demanding environments," said Sheen Khoury, senior vice president of worldwide sales, NetScaler. "This deep understanding of customer requirements and delivering a mature and stable product is the underlying foundation for serving elite Fortune 500 customers, such as Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch saw an immediate value of an easy-to-deploy network device that instantly accelerates and secures the delivery of enterprise applications. NetScaler is able to deliver the ROI that enterprise customers are simply not getting from their traditional vendors."

About NetScaler

NetScaler is the leading provider of networking systems that accelerate the secure delivery of critical business applications to any user in any location. The NetScaler solution tightly integrates best-in-class load balancing and content switching with industry-leading acceleration and security functionality, enabling customers to improve the performance of both Web and non-Web applications by up to 5x or more.(1) In addition to having all of the top five e-businesses in the world as customers, NetScaler also boasts more than 500 enterprise customers across all industry sectors, including some of the world's largest Global 2000 companies.

NetScaler headquarters are in San Jose, California. For more information, visit http://www.netscaler.com.

NetScaler is a trademark of NetScaler, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

(1) Application performance improvements as reported by a survey of NetScaler customers.

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