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Perle Partners with Support Net to Extend North American Distribution of AS/400 and Remote Access Server Product Lines.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 20, 1999--

Customers Across Continent Benefit from Expanded Reach through Support

Net Reseller Network

Perle Systems, (NASDAQ:PERLF)(TSE:PL) a leading provider of remote access products, and Support Net, the leading distributor of IBM midrange products in North America, today announced a partnership whereby Support Net will distribute Perle's 594e family of Network Controllers, Perle Affinity 5250 emulation cards and Perle's 833 family of Remote Access Switches and Servers to its network of solution providers throughout the continent. Support Net distributes IBM products, including hardware and software, and offers a wide range of support services to over 700 solution providers in North America.

In an effort to better service the IBM midrange community, Perle Systems and Support Net are partnering to provide broader distribution of Perle's products to the North American market. With this agreement in place, Support Net's AS/400 and remote access Solutions Providers will be able to purchase Perle's award winning products directly from Support Net, benefiting from the distributor's product expertise, support and education services. The alliance combines Support Net and Perle resources to deliver a comprehensive array of product and support services to meet the midrange product needs of Support Net's reseller partners and their customers.

"Support Net is the number one distributor of Midrange products in North America, supporting a substantial network of resellers. Our partnership with them will greatly expand our distribution channels and help us develop our customer base significantly," said Dan Fragen, president, Perle Systems. "Combining our resources allows us to provide an unbeatable offering to Support Net solutions providers, fully addressing their needs for well supported, comprehensively featured and aggressively priced remote connectivity solutions."

"We are pleased to broaden our midrange product offerings to our network of resellers with Perle's world-class midrange products," said Henry Wiegand, vice president of product sales, Support Net. "Our partnership with Perle enables us to meet the needs of our reseller partners by providing them with access to the best-in-class network controllers and remote access servers that their customers are demanding."

The Perle 594e is the first and only Network Controller designed support customers' twinax connectivity needs today and offer integrated IP routing and network computer (NC) Proxy Boot Server capabilities for the future. This unique blend of features positions the Perle 594e as the best solution for delivering a seamless migration path to IP/thin client computing utilizing open systems connections. Perle's range of Remote Access Switches and Servers provides users with a reliable and complete remote access server solution. These products offer remote enterprise users fast, reliable and scalable access to corporate Ethernet or token ring LAN resources, as if they were directly connected to the network. The Affinity line of 5250 emulation card product line delivers world-class technology for the PC user needing AS/400 or S/3X access. It expands the capabilities of a PC or notebook computer by providing access to all midrange host resources while capitalizing on the power of Windows.

Pricing and Availability

Perle 594 controllers, 833 Access Server and Switches and Affinity emulation cards are available immediately from Support Net Pricing for individual products is available direct from Support Net.

About Support Net

Support Net, a Gates/Arrow Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and is IBM's #1 Distributor of mid-range computer products and services. Founded in 1982, Support Net has been honored as an IBM Premier Business Partner for the sixth consecutive year and leads the industry through their extensive support services, product offerings and leading edge technology. The company is also one of the fastest growing Perle distributors in the US. For more information about Support Net, visit Support Net's Partner Solutions Network at http://www.supnet.com.

About Perle Systems

Perle Systems is a leading developer, manufacturer and vendor of award-winning communications hardware and software products. Perle products include Remote Access Servers and Switches for Ethernet and token ring LANs and Network Controllers for IBM AS/400s. The Company specializes in providing products that give customers reliable remote access to their mission critical applications and data. Perle Systems has offices in 15 countries and sells its products through indirect distribution channels worldwide. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ Exchange (symbol PERLF) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol PL). For more information about Perle and its products, access the Company's Web site at http://www.perle.com.
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