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Toshiba Selects Apparent Networks to Deliver Network Assessment Solutions to Authorized Toshiba Dealers.

Emphasizing the Importance of Network Assessments, Toshiba Now Makes Apparent Networks' AppCritical Solutions Available to Its 400 U.S. Dealers

IRVINE, Calif. -- Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. Telecommunication Systems Division (TAIS TSD) and Apparent Networks Inc. today announced that they have created an exclusive agreement to deliver network assessment solutions to users of Toshiba's award-winning Strata[R] CIX[TM] family of IP business communication systems via its network of Authorized Toshiba Dealers. Toshiba's Authorized Dealer network comprises 400 business communications dealers in 800 locations nationwide.

"Successful VoIP deployment is contingent upon having a voice-ready network. By working with network assessment leader Apparent Networks, we are giving our Authorized Toshiba Dealers a solid and proven solution to help them migrate customers to VoIP as smoothly and successfully as possible," said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba's Telecommunication Systems Division.

"Toshiba understands the critical role of network performance in a successful VoIP deployment. Supporting its Authorized Toshiba Dealers with a proven network assessment solution further positions Toshiba as a VoIP solutions leader," said Irfhan Rajani, Apparent Networks President and CEO. "This emphasis on the customer's quality of experience demonstrates Toshiba's ongoing commitment to supporting its dealers with the technologies they need to excel in the burgeoning VoIP market."

"By giving the Authorized Toshiba Dealers a choice of having Toshiba perform network assessments or purchasing AppCritical themselves, they are empowered to lead their customers through a successful VoIP installation," added Metherell of Toshiba. "With this agreement, Toshiba makes good on its promise to make it faster, easier and smarter for our dealers to do business with us."

About Apparent Networks' AppCritical Professional Edition

AppCritical[TM] Professional Edition 3.0 is the most-effective pre-deployment assessment technology on the market today. Designed specifically for assessing and troubleshooting converged networks, AppCritical[TM] provides end-to-end visibility into any live network, identifying and detailing all conditions and faults that will impact voice quality and drain resources. Without having to install agents throughout the network, the solution provider can efficiently complete a thorough assessment in a few hours either remotely from his own location or while at the customer's site.

About Toshiba's Strata CIX IP Business Communications Systems

Toshiba's award-winning Strata CIX IP business communication systems deliver Voice over IP, networking, mobility, and the ability to customize applications. Supporting up to 672 ports, the Strata CIX family offers Toshiba's FeatureFlex[TM] customization capabilities, can be TDM-enabled to support digital telephones, and provides a smooth migration path from Toshiba Strata CTX[R] and Strata DK digital business communication systems. Compatible with the Strata CIX systems are Toshiba's Stratagy[R] Voice Processing solutions, Video Communication Solution[TM] (VCS), and Toshiba IP telephones, SoftIPT[TM] soft phones, and digital telephones. Toshiba gives enterprises the ability to grow, change and migrate their systems as their businesses grow, while retaining their initial investment. Toshiba also offers the industry's only seven-year manufacturer's extended warranty. Toshiba delivers complete business communication solutions, including Toshiba notebooks and tablet PCs, security cameras and more, helping enterprises maximize their business efficiency in communications and mobility.

To find an Authorized Toshiba Dealer in your area, visit the Toshiba website at www.telecom.toshiba.com.

About Apparent Networks

Apparent Networks, Inc. develops and markets software that provides a unique approach to improving application performance by measuring and diagnosing live converged networks as part of pre-deployment assessment, troubleshooting and continuous real-time monitoring. AppCritical[TM] provides awareness of the most critical characteristics needed by voice, video and data applications. It is successfully deployed by technology vendors, managed service providers and enterprises to assure their end-user quality of experience. Customers include ACS, Fujitsu, IBM, Bell Canada, Siemens, Network Appliance, HP and TELUS. The privately held company has offices in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, Canada. Visit www.apparentnetworks.com for more information.

ABOUT TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has worldwide forecasted sales of about $60 billion this fiscal year, and approximately 300 subsidiaries and affiliates around the world. For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Website at www.toshiba.com.

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