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Bay Networks Teams with Syndesis Limited to Deliver Network Provisioning and Change Management for Large Multiservice Networks

Companies Offer Flexible, Cost-Effective Configuration and Change Control
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Networks, Inc. Internet/Telecom Business Unit (NYSE: BAY) today announced a joint development and marketing agreement with Syndesis Limited -- a Toronto, Canada-based leader in specialized network management software and services -- to provide Bay Networks' service provider customers with advanced service provisioning and change management capabilities, which reduce the cost and complexity of managing today's expanding multiservice environments.

Syndesis Limited developed Service Provisioning System (SPS) for Bay Networks' Optivity Enterprise(TM) network management suite, with available support for Bay Networks' BayStream(TM) family of products. Under the terms of the agreement, Bay Networks will offer its service provider customers SPS, an integrated solution that automates and simplifies the deployment of network-wide service changes across a Bay Networks environment.

Based on Syndesis' software toolkit NetProvision(TM) Toolbench, SPS provides single-point provisioning and change management automation, including roll-back and auditing functions, for network-wide service elements such as Permanent Virtual Circuits and emerging BayStream services. SPS encompasses a central database, an intelligent configuration manager and distributed multi- user change control technology that gives network managers the ability to quickly and reliably configure, control and monitor new or existing networking equipment within a multiservice environment.

"Bay Networks is committed to delivering a full complement of flexible network management capabilities that meet the critical requirements of service providers operating and managing large-scale, multi-tiered networks," said Dave Danielson, product line manager, network management, Internet/Telecom Business Unit, Bay Networks. "Our cooperative effort with Syndesis contributes to this goal, giving service providers a competitive advantage to respond quickly to network change configuration and management for the delivery of multimedia services."

"As service provider networks continue to expand to accommodate new services, users and devices, it is imperative that network managers have the ability to define, approve and implement network-wide changes while maintaining current service levels," said Doug Chapman, vice president, product marketing at Syndesis. "This relationship combines the strengths of Syndesis' NetProvision(TM) Toolbench with Bay Networks' internetworking technology to deliver a flexible and cost-effective solution that addresses configuration and change control automation as well as the network interrelationships within a service provider environment."

Bay Networks has teamed with Syndesis and other best-of-breed companies to provide a complete suite of network management applications available through Bay Networks OptivityServices(TM) -- the company's open network management solution for service provider edge infrastructure and the delivery of service provider managed services within the customer premise. (See today's related press release: "Bay Networks Announces the Industry's First Comprehensive Network Management Solution for Service Providers.")

About Syndesis Limited

Syndesis Limited specializes in network management software products and services. Syndesis has established its technical expertise in network management with nearly a decade of developing network management solutions for some of the world's largest equipment vendors and network service providers. NetProvision(TM) Toolbench is Syndesis' strategic product for network configuration and change management.

About Bay Networks

Bay Networks, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the internetworking market, providing a complete line of LAN and ATM switches, hubs, routers, remote and Internet access solutions, and network management applications. The company's Internet/Telecom and Remote Access Business Units deliver comprehensive backbone and access solutions to service providers building scalable networks to enable new and differentiated services. With revenue of $2.1 billion in its most recent fiscal year, Bay Networks markets and supports its products around the world, providing 7x24 support coverage. Bay Networks' World Wide Web address is: http://www.baynetworks.com.

NOTE: All Bay Networks press releases are available on Bay Networks' website at http://www.baynetworks.com or via CompuServe using GO BAYNET. Bay Networks' website also provides information on the company's products and services, news and events, partner programs and corporate contacts.

Bay Networks, BayStream, Optivity Enterprise and OptivityServices are trademarks of Bay Networks, Inc. Other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

SOURCE Bay Networks, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Karin Bakis of Bay Networks, Inc., 617-238-6594 or kbakis@baynetworks.com, or Lynne Godfrey of Syndesis Limited, 905-886-7818 ext. 1-244 or godfrey@syndesis.com/

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