SOURCE: NetScaler

July 19, 2005 10:00 ET

NetScaler and WebCT Team Up to Accelerate the Secure Delivery of E-Learning Applications

NetScaler Application Delivery System Will be Jointly Promoted to Higher Education Institutions in More Than 70 Countries

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- NetScaler, the global leader in accelerated application delivery systems, today announced a marketing and technology partnership with WebCT, the most widely deployed provider of e-learning solutions for higher education with customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will jointly market the NetScaler solution to WebCT's customers as a preferred way to secure and speed application performance. Deploying NetScaler in front of applications like WebCT has been shown to accelerate performance by up to 15x(1), dramatically enhancing the overall access experience for end users. The move marks a significant expansion of NetScaler's sales and marketing efforts in the higher education market.

The joint offering is slated to include NetScaler systems with both the WebCT Campus Edition and WebCT Vista e-learning solutions. In addition, WebCT has tested and certified NetScaler based upon the requirements of its PowerLinks Network program, which consists of best-of-breed products and services that work closely on WebCT systems. Customers who deploy NetScalers will be assured that they are fully compatible with WebCT Vista, designed for large enterprise-scale, mission critical e-learning deployments. WebCT certification of NetScaler on the new WebCT Campus Edition 6.0 is underway and scheduled for completion later this year.

"WebCT is committed to providing our customers e-learning solutions that provide the highest level of flexibility to meet their needs. We also look to partner with companies who provide the best-of-breed technology and applications to further enhance our e-learning systems," stated Chris Vento, executive vice president, research and development, and chief technology officer of WebCT. "NetScaler's powerful systems for application delivery offer a true value to customers who want an intelligent and secure infrastructure to derive the most benefit from the WebCT e-learning platform."

"As higher learning institutions are automating more operational processes such as online registration and distance learning applications, performance and security are ever more critical," said Raj Kanaya, vice president of product strategy and alliances, NetScaler. "Our expertise in application delivery provides tighter integration between mission-critical applications and network infrastructures. NetScaler's partnership with the education market's most widely deployed e-learning provider, WebCT, assures customers that they can achieve faster, safer delivery of their applications to their users."

About WebCT

WebCT has set the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in Lynnfield, Mass., WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to achieve their unique objectives. Colleges and universities around the world -- from community colleges to large university consortia -- are using WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information, please visit webct.com.

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 15x.(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. On June 2, 2005, NetScaler announced that it signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS). The merger is expected to close in Q3.

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 Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

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