SOURCE: Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

March 26, 2008 09:00 ET

TCB Technologies Corporation Qualifies Groundbreaking InfiniBand-Over-WAN Solution From Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

Solution Exceeds Expectations in Bridging InfiniBand Fabrics Over High Speed WANs for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Applications

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK), a global provider of multi-service network and voice exchange solutions for government and enterprise customers, announced today that its NX5010 multi-protocol, high speed network exchange InfiniBand platform has passed qualification testing conducted by TCB Technologies Corporation, a leading InfiniBand interconnect solutions vendor based in Japan. TCB's extensive tests were designed to validate the NX5010's reliability, scalability and performance for extending InfiniBand fabrics over very high speed Wide Area Networks (WANs). NET and TCB intend to launch a joint marketing and sales campaign to introduce the NX5010 to the Japanese market. TCB will also provide solutions engineering services to Japanese customers in need of InfiniBand extension over the WAN.

InfiniBand over the WAN, as delivered by NET's NX5010, provides a seamless method of interconnecting data centers and leveraging geographically isolated islands of processing power and storage resources. The NX5010 has been architected to serve the needs of the next-generation virtual data center, providing support for real-time database mirroring, grid computing and data access continuity applications between sites. With the ability to map InfiniBand fabrics and 10Gbps Ethernet LANs across 10Gbps/OC192c WANs at line-rate speeds, the NX5010's performance and scalability allows businesses to implement multi-site data center operations for simplified business continuity and disaster recovery planning. TCB will leverage its extensive experience in the InfiniBand space to engineer InfiniBand-over-WAN solutions for its extensive and marquee Japanese customer base using the NX5010.

"On its own, InfiniBand provides a ready solution for interconnecting within the data center, but it's a challenge to link geographically isolated data centers and enable end-user-transparent resource sharing across sites," says John Sandschulte, VP and GM of NET's Broadband Technology Group. "The NX5010 provides a ground-breaking InfiniBand-over-WAN solution to tie together data centers to create a virtual, global data center. The NX5010 has also been successfully deployed by multiple U.S. government agencies."

NET and TCB worked together to construct and conduct a comprehensive testing apparatus that demonstrated the capabilities and performance of NET's NX5010 solution for InfiniBand over the WAN. The test entailed connecting multiple geographically disparate servers over a single, virtual InfiniBand fabric to enable deployment of multi-site, multi-node redundant synchronous database applications. The NX5010 was also tested for resiliency through provisioning of primary and backup WAN links between sites, and validating that the NX5010 continued to emulate the InfiniBand fabric without interruption during WAN link outages.

"We are excited about introducing NET's highly resilient, high speed NX5010 InfiniBand-over-WAN solution to our Japanese customers. Our customers are very interested in the sheer flexibility and network design simplification that comes from being able to connect multiple disparate data centers to provide operational survivability and disaster recovery capabilities over distances of thousands of kilometers," says Akihiko Kasuya, General Manager of TCB's Server Solutions Division. "Extending InfiniBand over the WAN with NET's NX5010 delivered outstanding performance and reliability at an affordable price. We believe that these solutions will drive a new paradigm in datacenter architecture that will lower expense, provide redundancy, and deliver higher asset utilization."

About Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK) has provided voice and data communications equipment for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, interoperability, security and performance. NET's broad family of products are purpose-built for mixed-service, multi-protocol networks; bandwidth-sensitive site communications; high-performance, security-sensitive transmissions; and converged communications. The company's NX Series for network exchange solutions and VX Series for voice exchange solutions enable interoperability and integration with existing networks for seamless migration to secure IP-based voice and data communications. In addition, Quintum, a subsidiary of NET, delivers VoIP access solutions that bring the reliability and voice clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony.

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About TCB Technologies Corporation

TCB Technologies Corporation (TCB), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions provider. TCB is a leading InfiniBand solutions provider in Japan and has successfully deployed InfiniBand switches and host channel adaptors (HCA) within national laboratories, universities and the automobile industry. TCB also markets IBAS, InfiniBand based storage solutions, which take advantage of InifiBand's high-bandwidth and low-latency attributes for SAN and NAS deployments.

InfiniBand is a trademark and service mark of the InfiniBand Trade Association. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of the companies with which they are associated.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, relating to potential sales of the NX5010 product. Investors are cautioned that such statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainty that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect such results include timely completion of product development initiatives, market acceptance, performance of third-party partners regarding product sales and service, technological changes, and new competition.

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