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Stonesoft Customers Take Control of Business Continuity with StoneGate Multi-Link(TM).

Stonesoft's fast and resilient connectivity offers an efficient, performance-driven alternative for distributed enterprises

ATLANTA -- With the spread of global e-commerce and strained IT budgets, organizations are often challenged to find cost-effective solutions that provide always-on Internet connectivity. Stonesoft, a leading provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, continues to ensure optimal Internet connections for its customers with the availability of its StoneGate Multi-Link[TM] technology.

Multi-Link is a key part of the complete StoneGate solution - a unified centrally managed system that reduces the costs associated with traditional multi-vendor or complex network configurations. Regardless of the type or number of connections customers need to support their business, StoneGate Multi-Link ensures seamless network failover in the event of Internet access outages or lost connections between firewalls and outside networks. Combined with StoneGate's active load balancing, bandwidth management and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities, Multi-Link also supports emerging technologies, such as VoIP and video conferencing. As a result, customers can enhance their networks with granular control and the availability of applications that are mission critical to their specific businesses.

Stonesoft customers have found that StoneGate Multi-Link is an ideal alternative to other solutions such as Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and frame relay, particularily since entrusting connectivity to a sole service solution may put their business at risk. Multi-Link helps to expand the range of connection possibilities to ensure inbound, outbound and VPN traffic is delivered without incident or disruptive downtime caused by unexpected outages or maintenance.

"When AIT first evaluated Stonesoft, we specifically calculated the StoneGate solution compared to other similar alternatives, such as BGP and our existing frame connection," said Caleb Wilson, Senior Network Engineer for AIT Worldwide Logistics. "StoneGate provided the most immediate return on investment (ROI) and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), all while addressing AIT's needs for resilient connectivity and improving our network from a unified management system. The active load balancing, coupled with StoneGate's bandwidth management and QoS, also allowed AIT to utilize other technologies that resulted in lower costs and an enhanced network."

Running on the StoneGate Security Platform to optimize network performance with Stonesoft's high availability firewall, the Multi-Link technology provides immediate connectivity via the Internet to eliminate single points of failure, without complex routing protocols or additional hardware. By providing fault tolerance and transparent failover, StoneGate Multi-Link ensures that when a connection fails, data streams failover and network users lose no data. The result is a strong, redundant network allowing critical business processes to remain running at all times.

"Our business relies on constant up time," said Miguel Balcazar, Senior Administrator for Grupo Helvex, a Mexico City-based manufacturer of bathroom fixtures. "Our primary manufacturing and headquarters is located in Mexico and we have offices throughout the US, including a major sales hub in Los Angeles. The smart load balancing capabilities of StoneGate's Multi-Link technology allow us to optimize our network for fast, reliable, continuous communications between our offices, ensuring that customer needs are met and business remains profitable."

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (HEX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions. Stonesoft is a global company focused on enterprise level customers requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity with low TCO, best price-to-performance ratio, and highest ROI. The StoneGate[TM] Security Platform unifies firewall, VPN and IPS, blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system for distributed enterprises.

Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation has corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit:
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Date:Feb 20, 2007
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