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China's Sohu Selects 3Com's H3C to Build Next-Generation Data Center.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS), today announced that Sohu, one of China's premiere online community destinations, will leverage its H3C[R] data center solutions to build a next-generation data center. Sohu made its decision after a two-month field test of H3C's recently launched data center solutions portfolio--including the S12500 Series core switch line and the S5800 Series 10-gigabit switch series. Sohu was impressed with the extraordinary levels of performance and reliability the H3C high-density data center network products' unified architecture delivered, so it awarded the company an exclusive network equipment supplier contract.

As the first third-generation interactive Chinese search engine launched by Sohu, www.sogou.com is vital to the company's future business prospects and development. Sogou's launch requires a data center platform that can support storage of 10 billion Web pages; a Web page update and rating system; high-performance, concurrent access to and from numerous server clusters; and flexible expansion in years ahead. A traditional data center architecture could not meet these requirements, so Sohu decided to utilize the H3C next-generation data center architecture for its new Internet data center (IDC) equipment room.

For Sohu, choosing the best networking equipment vendor was paramount, so the company collected equipment from several global networking solutions providers for a two-month field test. The H3C next-generation data center solution incorporated its S12508 core switch deployed in the data center working in tandem with its S7500E high-end multi-service routing switches, S5800 10-gigabit switches and its Web-based Intelligent Management Center (IMC) platform. This bundled solution provides line-speed transmission of small packets, a large buffer to deal with traffic surges resulting from user searches and reloads, and high-performance stacking for flexible short- and long-term network expansion. These advantages, coupled with the company's rapid response and its thorough range of service offerings, made the H3C solution the best among those presented.

Sohu's new data center needed to handle ever-increasing data traffic and support an increasingly innovative business platform. The H3C solution addressed issues arising from traffic bursts with an innovative distributed buffer, one-time precise scheduling and robust quality of service (QoS) offerings. Additionally, the H3C innovative Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF[R]) technology further simplified the basic architecture of a traditional data center and virtualized network resources, enabling Sohu to easily accommodate future business development needs.

Qiuwei, network operation and maintenance director of Sohu said, "H3C's next-generation data center solution exhibited superior performance, availability and scalability during our field test, and significantly impressed us all. Based on the outstanding results H3C equipment provided, we chose H3C for our data center, and we are confident it will provide exceptional availability of services, readily meet increasing bandwidth requirements and capably support any emerging new services we offer our community members."

According to Sun Dehe, vice president of the H3C network product line, "H3C had a long-term plan in mind when it began developing its next-generation data center solutions for enterprise customers. For example, our unified switching architecture enables users to more easily design future-oriented applications; a characteristic required of Sohu's data center. We believe more customers will adopt H3C next-generation data center solutions to take advantage of this and other technological breakthroughs to maximize the efficiency and performance of their data centers."

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation is a $1.3 billion global enterprise networking solutions provider that sets a new price/performance standard for customers. 3Com has three global brands--H3C, 3Com, and TippingPoint--that offer high-performance networking and security solutions to enterprises large and small. The H3C enterprise networking portfolio--a market leader in China--includes products that span from the data center to the edge of the network, while TippingPoint network-based intrusion prevention systems and network access control solutions deliver in-depth, no-compromise application, infrastructure and performance protection.

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