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Expand Launches ``Instant QoS'' Capabilities; QoS Finds ROI When Combined With Expanded WAN Capacity From Accelerators.



Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

ROSELAND, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2002

Expand Networks, a leader in bandwidth optimization technology, today announced the availability of Instant QoS, a new simple-to-use WAN Quality of Service software module available in its ACCELERATOR product line. The new module makes the ACCELERATORs the first product in the market that combines WAN expansion capabilities with end-to-end QoS capabilities.

The new module responds to the growing need for a simple-to-use, yet robust solution that increases the overall size of the wide area pipe while dividing the pipe into priority segments. Instant QoS leverages the existence of ACCELERATORs at both ends of a link to provide end-to-end enforcement of prioritization policies.

Instant QoS relies on three of the following mechanisms:
-- Congestion control is provided through an easy-to-use series of user interfaces to rapidly prioritize applications and control packet flow at peak utilization.

-- Real-time congestion avoidance performed by intelligent self-learning algorithms and proactive packet loss recovery instantly eliminates surges of WAN application traffic.

-- Early congestion detection is carried out by automatic network and application monitoring at both ends of the link in conjunction with the recently introduced Expand AppView module.


"Network QoS only makes sense in the context of the business objectives and priorities of the customer, especially in today's economic conditions," said Peter Christy chris·ty  
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, co-founder of NetsEdge Research. "Expand's Instant QoS economic justification is straightforward first because it is a software-add-in module to an existing product, and even more so because of the end-to-end, traffic sensitive design and simple end-user configuration tools that make the business priorities of network traffic explicit."

Key features and capabilities of Expand's Instant QoS include:

-- Uniquely economical -- By instantly applying prioritization

policies to the expanded WAN bandwidth, Expand Instant QoS

represents a uniquely economical application performance solution.

-- Instant prioritization -- Out-of-the-box policy templates using

easy-to-understand terms such as "real-time," "mission-critical,"

"important," and "best effort."

-- End-to-end flow control -- Monitoring at both ends of the link

enables accurate end-to-end flow control.

-- Full QoS control -- Predictable results with standard queuing

mechanisms -- FIFO (First In First Out) A storage method that retrieves the item stored for the longest time. Contrast with LIFO. See traffic engineering methods.

FIFO - first-in first-out
, Weighted Fair Queuing See traffic engineering methods. , Priority Queuing See traffic engineering methods.  and

Custom Queuing.

-- Integration with existing QoS environments -- Full Type of Service

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Some references for DSCP are:
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 for real-time flows like VoIP and Video.

-- Hundreds of pre-defined classes, user customizable -- Automatic

traffic classification into application classes with over 100

pre-defined applications. Network managers can easily create or

copy class definitions using well-known layer 2, layer 3 and layer

4 rules.

-- Policy scheduling -- One-time and recurring policy schedules

accommodate work hour vs. non-work hour activities, e.g. backups,

file transfers, etc.

-- Web Portal See portal.  integrates with Expand AppView for Comprehensive

Monitoring and Reporting -- All classes and policies can be viewed

and configured from a Web portal interface with Expand

AppView-like navigation.

-- Secure, Role-based Access to Control Policies -- Protects against

unauthorized device and policy access via TACACS (Terminal Access Controller Access Control System) An access control protocol used to authenticate a user logging into the network. TACACS is a simple username/password system. + or RADIUS

user-authentication and role-based management infrastructure.

"Instant QoS will deliver a lot of value to businesses like ours," said Morey Straus, Network Manager for GeoLogistics Corporation. "Instant QoS will ensure that a customer service agent will not have to wait for a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization.  screen to launch while a client is on the phone because the WAN is bogged down with non-mission critical traffic."

"Our VARs are constantly challenging Expand to add more 'intelligence' into its WAN bandwidth optimization solutions," said Jamie Jalazo, vice president, of Sales and Marketing at Alternative Technology. "Therefore it comes as no surprise that many VARs and end-users have already expressed a keen interest in Expand's Instant QoS."

"ACCELERATORs are being increasingly adopted by the highly distributed enterprises in the retail, logistics and financial communities," said Talmon Marco, president and co-founder, Expand Networks. "Instant QoS responds to customer requests for an overall increase in WAN capacity with the flexibility to prioritize point-of-sale applications, CRM systems and financial transactions."

Expand Instant QoS is immediately available through Expand's worldwide distribution, reseller, service provider and strategic partner channels.

About Expand Networks

Expand Networks pioneered the development of bandwidth boosting appliances -- the ACCELERATORs -- which increase network capacity by 100 -400+%. The ACCELERATORs eliminate the need for costly WAN link upgrades, enabling quicker deployments of new applications to remote offices. Networked applications such as CRM, e-mail, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. , Thin Client and XML XML
 in full Extensible Markup Language.

Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations.
 increase the strain on scarce WAN resources, often hindering productivity. By removing repeat data patterns found in any type of traffic, the ACCELERATORs provide important bandwidth savings. The end-result is the decrease in network congestion In data networking and queueing theory, network congestion occurs when a link or node is carrying so much data that its quality of service deteriorates. Typical effects include queueing delay, packet loss or the blocking of new connections. , which in turn speeds up data transfers. Expand Networks allows enterprises to support more networked users, applications and services with fewer resources delivering a typical ROI (Return On Investment) The monetary benefits derived from having spent money on developing or revising a system. In the IT world, there are more ways to compute ROI than Carter has liver pills (and for those of you who never heard of that expression, it means a lot).  of 3 to 9 months.

Clients include: Motorola, Texas Instruments See TI.

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A TI engineer, Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958. Three TI employees left the company in 1982 to start Compaq.
, Hitachi Capital and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  Department of Defense. Expand Networks is headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey and Tel Aviv Tel Aviv (tĕl əvēv`), city (1994 pop. 355,200), W central Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. Oficially named Tel Aviv–Jaffa, it is Israel's commercial, financial, communications, and cultural center and the core of its largest , Israel with offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Italy. To learn more, visit www.expand.com or call 888/892-1250.

Note to Editors: Expand Networks, ACCELERATOR 6800, ACCELERATOR 4800, ACCELERATOR 4000, ACCELERATOR 2800, ACCELERATOR 2750 and ACCELERATOR 1800 are trademarks of Expand Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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