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Vertel Announces e*ORB, the First Carrier-grade Object Management Platform for Telecommunications.

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 1999--

Tellium Chooses Breakthrough CORBA-Based Framework

to Speed Deployment of Next Generation Optical Switch

Vertel, a leading global provider of carrier-grade network management solutions announced the release of e*ORB, the first commercially available Object Request Broker (ORB) optimized specifically for the telecommunications industry. e*ORB represents Vertel's next generation of advanced object management solutions designed to enable Operations Supports Systems (OSSs) to perform distributed computing within rigorous and demanding telecommunications network environments. First shipments of e*ORB took place in late September 1999 and implementation of the platform by a number of Vertel customers is currently underway.

e*ORB is the first ORB to offer the interoperability benefits of Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), one of the most widely deployed middleware frameworks in enterprise computing, with the carrier-grade performance, reliability and scalability required to develop and deploy integrated voice/data/video services over optical, IP and wireless networks.

"e*ORB is the evolution of Vertel's carrier-grade middleware solutions," said Bruce Brown, president and CEO of Vertel Corporation. "Our highly optimized ORB will enable equipment manufacturers and network management systems designers to deliver network devices that have built-in intelligence and real time connectivity to the network. e*ORB is engineered for faster, more simplified and lower cost implementation, which will dramatically speed time to market for our customers."

Tellium Chooses e*ORB

"We found e*ORB to be an ideal solution for managing communications in our high-capacity optical switches," said Nicholas DeVito, Director of Marketing and Product Management for Tellium, the leading vendor of advanced optical networking technology. "e*ORB has the flexibility we need to deliver the scalability and survivability our carrier customers require; and the implementation simplified our development environment."

Vertel's focus on distributed processing for telecom network management is driven by the growing desire to accelerate the deployment of next generation network technology to deliver broadband access/transport and third generation wireless services. Companies taking early interest in e*ORB include RTOS vendors, advanced optical switch vendors, and broadband wireless, handheld device and set-top box manufacturers.

Lynx Teams Up with Vertel

"Lynx teamed up with Vertel to provide the first commercial implementation of e*ORB to run on the LynxOS(R) platform because e*ORB's real-time performance, scalability and adherence to open standards are the same value propositions of the LynxOS," said Bill Hogan, President and CEO, Lynx Real-Time Systems(R), Inc. "Looking forward, we'll work together to provide additional carrier-grade e*ORB solutions, that run on the LynxOS and BlueCat(tm) operating systems, for manufacturers of next-generation infrastructure equipment."

e*ORB Meets Minimum CORBA Specifications

Unique among existing ORB platforms, e*ORB is compliant with the MinimumCORBA specification, and can be extended to incorporate CORBA features as required by the telecom market. This scalability allows e*ORB to be embedded into a wide variety of network devices ranging from high-capacity optical switches and terabit routers to high-end handheld devices and set-top boxes. Within a network management architecture, e*ORB can provide interoperability between network elements and applications such as dynamic provisioning, billing and customer care. At the element level, e*ORB can be embedded into the various processors within a network device to streamline internal communications and enhance standard management processes, making e*ORB a readily available, "off-the-shelf" alternative to developing proprietary solutions.

Carrier-grade CORBA for Convergent Networks

"Object management is a logical evolution in network management environments as packet and circuit networks converge," said Verne Anton, a telecommunications industry analyst for Dataquest, a San Jose, Calif.-based market research and consulting firm. "Vertel has shown considerable innovation and market leadership in delivering an ORB that is uniquely designed for telecommunications. The scalability of Vertel's ORB makes it a solid solution for enabling carrier-grade distributed processing throughout the network from the device level to high-level service applications."

e*ORB key benefits include: -0-

-- High performance -- real-time processing with the ability to
 handle large volumes of management data. e*ORB has been
 benchmarked against industry-leading ORBs and has demonstrated an
 improvement of almost 50% in marshalling speed over the previous
 leader, an improvement of almost 80% in throughput volume over
 its closest competitor and the absolute lowest latency of any ORB
 tested

-- Low memory footprint -- ideal for smaller, low-power CPUs found
 on mobile devices

-- Pluggable protocol framework (PPF) -- allows e*ORB to operate in
 a wide variety of environments including GIOP over UDP, ATM, IrDA
 and TCP/IP (IIOP). Multi-protocol support leverages the Quality
 of Service of native transports to achieve carrier-grade
 reliability and eliminates the need for a separate signaling
 channel for management, which helps lower cost of operations.

-- Portability -- operation in a broad range of popular telecom
 operating environments, such as LynxOS, VxWorks, Linux, PalmOS,
 WinCE, WindowsNT.


e*ORB's telecom-specific services include fault tolerance, notification, directory services and mobility. In addition, e*ORB can be readily customized. Its microkernel can be extended with standard CORBA features or supplemented with OMG named services. The same kernel can also be given application-specific modifications, transforming it into a special-purpose Intelligent Network Agent (INA). INAs can be configured to perform specialized tasks such as handling critical alarms, to service a specific vendor's proprietary protocol implementation, or to implement an application-specific or domain-specific equipment interface.

e*ORB will also facilitate the development of next generation network applications. "Our new embedded ORB technology has extensive applicability in the burgeoning IP telecom marketplace from service breakthroughs such as on-demand provisioning to leading-edge applications such as extending enterprise-level inventory or sales force automation programs to mobile platforms," said Brown.

Vertel Leverages Technology Expertise And Strategic Partnerships To Develop e*ORB

Leveraging its strong experience and reputation in the telecommunications industry, Vertel engaged expertise from numerous sectors to bring e*ORB to market. e*ORB represents the marriage of Vertel's ten years of expertise and leadership in developing network management solutions with the extensive CORBA development knowledge it acquired with Expersoft. "It is extremely gratifying to know that our strategy in acquiring this domain expertise has enhanced Vertel's interoperability solutions by bringing carrier grade performance, scalability and reliability to next generation management systems," said Brown. e*ORB was designed in collaboration with Sprint ION.

Vertel has also worked closely with industry standards groups such as the Object Management Group (OMG), TINA-C and the Telemanagement Forum (TMF) as well as members of academia, including researchers from Washington University, to develop precise specifications, specialized services and rigorous benchmark testing to make e*ORB a fully CORBA-compliant solution that is optimized for telecom.

About Vertel Corporation

Vertel is a leading global provider of carrier-grade, broadband Internet software infrastructure and management solutions. Vertel offers a wide range of technologies and applications, supporting end-to-end network and service management with the highest quality of service for network operations. Vertel's solutions are deployed worldwide by service providers, network operators, software vendors, and systems integrators. Vertel also delivers turnkey management applications that fit individual customer requirements through its Professional Services organization. The company is based in Woodland Hills and has sales offices throughout the world. Contact Vertel on the World Wide Web at http://www.vertel.com.

About Tellium

Tellium designs and manufactures networking products that create intelligent optical networks. These products are utilized by large communications companies because today's public networks are struggling to support the explosion of bandwidth requirements for data services. Tellium products create a scalable optical network enabling reliable, fast, low-cost delivery of data services. Tellium's Aurora 32 Optical Switch was the first-to-market in the telecommunications industry. Aurora 32 with the larger Aurora 512, StarNet Restoration Software and the Gemini Element Management System are the cornerstone network elements of scalable, flexible optical networks. More information about Tellium can be found at www.tellium.com.

About Lynx Real-Time Systems

An ISO 9001 registered company, Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. is a worldwide supplier of embedded software products including scalable real-time operating systems, development tools and support. These products provide a software foundation for high availability applications in telecommunications, data communications, avionics, automotive, office automation and process control systems. Dedicated to industry standards such as POSIX, JAVA and CompactPCI, the company enables customers to leverage their investments in software and education. Lynx holds two patents for real-time software and has three patents pending. Founded in 1988, Lynx is a privately held company with offices in North America, Europe and Japan, with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Information about Lynx Real-Time Systems is available on the World Wide Web at www.lynx.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for the historical information presented, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including timely and successful development of products and technologies; successful introduction and customer acceptance of new and enhanced products and technologies in existing and new markets; the possible development and introduction of competitive products and new and alternative technologies; pricing, currency and exchange risks; governmental and regulatory developments affecting Vertel and its customers; the ability to identify, conclude, and integrate acquisitions on a timely basis; the ability to retain and attract key personnel; and other risks detailed from time to time in public disclosure filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by Vertel, including, but not limited to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1999.

Note to Editors: for a complete listing of e*ORB features and capabilities, visit Vertel's Web site at www.vertel.com.

In the company name e*ORB noted in this news release, there is an asterisk between e and ORB. This symbol may not appear properly in some systems.
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