SOURCE: Enterasys Networks

September 24, 2007 10:19 ET

Umass Medical School Improves Performance and Security of Critical Services for Researchers and Clinicians With Enterasys Secure Network

Enterasys Solutions Ensure Security, Compliance and Connectivity for the Teaching Medical School

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Enterasys Networks Inc., the Secure Networks Company™, today announced that the University of Massachusetts Medical School is leveraging an Enterasys wired, wireless and security software infrastructure to reliably deliver information for thousands of its research scientists, clinicians, students and staff. As the medical school prepares for growth and enhanced, next-generation services across its 16 locations, a layered approach to security is protecting video and data communications.

"The Enterasys infrastructure is invisible to our end-users, they just plug in and it works," said Charles Desourdy, associate CIO for the Umass Medical School. "Enterasys has helped us scale our network cost-effectively with technology that lasts."

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (www.Umassmed.edu) is home to one of the 2006 Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Craig C. Mello. As one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the country, this world-class research institution has one of the highest growth rates of funded research in the country. The Medical School consistently ranks in U.S.News & World Report's top 10 percent for the quality and reputation of its education of primary care physicians and is the academic partner of Umass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central New England.

As the organization grows to support medical simulation and experiential learning tools with immersive audio and video-on-demand, the Umass Medical Center's 6,000-plus users are connected through a communications infrastructure built using Enterasys advanced security applications, centralized visibility and control software, and security-enabled infrastructure components. The network core is composed of multiple Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Leveraging the advanced features embedded in Enterasys solutions enables Umass Medical School to provide reliable network access for their users across 16 locations with only a 6-person network operations team. "With such a wide array of users, applications and hardware running across our system, we needed a solution that provided the appropriate blend of performance, management automation and open interoperability," said Desourdy. "We value Enterasys' knowledge of our environment as we enter this next phase of growth."

The medical school clinicians and researchers are not the only Umass users who depend on the Enterasys network. PeopleSoft HR, Finance and Student applications are hosted here for multiple UMass campuses, along with the Umass Online infrastructure, which allows non-traditional students to access the University System's distance learning program around the clock.

"Ensuring a high performance computing infrastructure to support daily workloads of researchers and educators is vital at Umass Medical School," said Desourdy. "The open architecture of the Enterasys solution has integrated well with our existing firewall, load-balancing, VPN and WAN optimization solutions from Checkpoint, F5, Juniper, Nokia and Packeteer. The Enterasys commitment to backwards compatibility also ensures our technology investments pay dividends for many years to come."

The high performance computing infrastructure supports daily workloads of the Medical School's clinicians. The School's new AECPC building will meet the needs of the expanding institution and have an entire floor dedicated to experiential learning. Enterasys technology will support the immersive audio and video needs of this simulation technology.

"The support staff at Enterasys is knowledgeable about our network environment -- and that is a huge benefit. Overall, the price performance, invisible infrastructure, and time-tested technology make Enterasys a winning combination for Umass Medical," states Desourdy.

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys Networks -- the Secure Networks Company -- is owned by a private investor group led by The Gores Group, LLC and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. Enterasys' unique Secure Networks solutions secure any network to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability and performance of IT services and the business users that rely on them. Thousands of leading companies, government agencies and educational institutions in more than 70 countries rely on Secure Networks solutions to maintain business continuity and protect vital information. The company's culture is centered on the principle "There is nothing more important than our customers." Delivering on that commitment, Secure Networks provides granular, policy-based command and control of individual user, application, device, port and flow performance, and security. Enterasys' architectural approach to network security offers a long technology lifecycle and significant operational and business benefits, while reducing total cost of ownership. Information about Enterasys' award-winning policy-enabled switches, routers, wireless products, security software, and services is available at www.enterasys.com.

About The Gores Group

Founded in 1987, The Gores Group is a private equity firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The Gores Group has become a leading investor, primarily in the technology and telecommunications sectors, having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, Colorado and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.

About Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC

Tennenbaum Capital Partners is a Santa Monica, California-based private investment firm managing over $3.8 billion in assets through private funds. The firm's investment strategy is grounded in a long-term, value approach, and it assists -- both financially and operationally -- transitional middle-market companies in such industries as technology, healthcare, energy, aerospace, business services, retail and general manufacturing. Tennenbaum's core strengths include its in-depth knowledge of equity and debt-financing vehicles in the public and private markets, as well as a thorough understanding of special situations. For more information, please visit www.tennenbaumcapital.com.

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