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Coyote Point Systems Releases Envoy Wide-Area Load Balancer, In Conjunction with Equalizer 3.0 Upgrade.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 1999--Widening its performance/price advantage in the load-balancing market, Coyote Point Systems has simultaneously released Equalizer 3.0, an upgrade of its intelligent load balancing appliance, and Envoy, a software add-on that enables Equalizer to direct online traffic across multiple server clusters located anywhere in the world.

Envoy groups servers at remote locations into a "geographical cluster" under a single site name. An Envoy-enabled Equalizer routes incoming traffic among the widely-distributed servers, using multiple criteria, including network topology, to determine which server is best equipped to take the next hit.

In addition to enabling Envoy, Equalizer 3.0 incorporates the following improvements:

Higher Capacity: The new top-of-the-line Equalizer 450 allows up to 64 servers per virtual cluster and will balance the load across an unlimited number of clusters. A highly efficient packet management engine can handle 100 Mb/s ethernet traffic at wire speed. Maximum connection capacity has been boosted 20% to enable over 8 million connections per hour.

Enhanced Manageability: Already unmatched for its intuitive user interface and sophisticated real-time graphical cluster and server performance reports, Equalizer's browser-based interface now provides even more fine-grained data in understand-at-a-glance format. Users can drill down to event data for a time period as small as two minutes, allowing for fine-grained trend analysis and pre-emptive troubleshooting. For an online demonstration of Equalizer's interface, go to www.coyotepoint.com/demo.shtml.

More Efficient Load Balancing: Equalizer's industry-leading adaptive load balancing algorithms, which compute server load estimates in real time, have been improved to provide even more efficient use of existing server resources.

Price/Performance: Equalizer's hardware platforms have been improved across the board without rising in price. At $3,995, the Envoy-enabled Equalizer 250, which balances the load for across 64 virtual clusters of eight servers each, costs less than half of comparable products. At $2,495 per site, Envoy provides geographical load balancing at a quarter of competitors' cost. A Web site can deploy fully redundant wide-area load balancing with two Envoy-enabled E250s at two locations for under $13,000 -- well less than half of comparable configurations.

Envoy: Directing an Intercontinental Cluster

Under the direction of Envoy, a cluster of servers can be separated by unlimited distances and operating on different networks. Envoy directs client requests to the various servers based on the following metrics:

-- Site availability. If a site is unavailable due to network

outage, server failure, or any other reason, Envoy routes

requests to the surviving sites.

-- Site performance. Using Equalizer's server performance

algorithms, Envoy keeps track of the load and performance at each

site and weighs multiple criteria to choose the optimal

destination for each incoming request.

-- Geographic distance. Envoy determines the site closest to each

client and can direct clients to the site offering the least

network latency.

Using Coyote Point's Geographic Query Protocol, Envoy maintains a consistent and up-to-date picture of availability and performance of all servers, regardless of physical location.

"With Internet traffic doubling every hundred days and e-commerce markets exploding, the challenge is to keep expanding load balancing's capabilities while keeping configuration and administration elegantly simple," said Bill Kish, Coyote Point's CTO. "Envoy gives a network administrator a truly global reach -- it's as easy to balance traffic and assess the status of servers cross-country or in Europe or Asia as it is for servers in down the hall."

A Load Balancer For All Systems

Envoy adds a new dimension to a traffic management tool that offers unique resource management capability. Other Equalizer advantages include:

Preconfiguration/Ease of Use: At no extra cost, Coyote Point will ship Equalizer and Envoy preconfigured -- ready to work as soon as it's plugged in. Customers need only fill out a half- page online form supplying a handful of IP addresses.

Flexibility: Equalizer supports all standard TCP/IP protocols and works easily with all operating systems.

No Single Point of Failure - Two Equalizers working in tandem are fully redundant -- no currently active connections are lost during transfer from a primary to a redundant Equalizer.

Technical Support: All Equalizer and Equalizer/Envoy packages include 1-year "5x8" technical support, with "24x7" support and on-site hardware repair also available.

E-250, available for $3,995, balances up to 64 virtual clusters of eight servers each, handles up to 64,000 simultaneous active connections and is targeted at sites with T1 bandwidth. Equalizer 350, priced at $9,995, balances an unlimited number of 16-server virtual clusters, handles up to 2 million simultaneous active connections and is targeted at sites with T3 bandwidth. Equalizer 450, priced at $14,995, balances an unlimited number of 64-server clusters at up to 100 Mb/s and handles up to 4 million simultaneous active connections.

About Coyote Point: Coyote Point Systems, Inc. is a privately held company that produces high-availability and high-performance server cluster products. Its Equalizer 2.1 supports all Internet protocols and accommodates all operating systems, including those from Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HWP), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Coyote Point's Equalizer works with any IP-based application, including legacy host, mainframe, Java, CORBA-based, and client/server applications from vendors such as SAP (NYSE:SAP), BAAN (NASDAQ: BAANF), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), and PeopleSoft (NASDAQ:PSFT). Coyote Point's customers include IMDb, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN); ValueClick, a top-five ad network; NetCentives/ClickRewards; AtWeb, a Netscape company (NASDAQ:NSCP), Be Free, Inc.; Vail Systems and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and can be contacted directly at 650-969-6000 or on the web at www.coyotepoint.com

Please call or e-mail if you would like to lab-test Equalizer or if you would like a full press kit. The GUI can be viewed at www.coyotepoint.com/demo.shtml
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