ROCKVILLE, Md. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Visual Networks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: VNWK), the originator and leading provider of WAN service level management systems, and Inverse Network Technology Inc., the leading provider of service-level management systems for IP network and application services, announced today that the two companies have agreed to a joint development enabling seamless interoperability between Inverse's IP InSight and Visual Networks' Visual UpTime. This builds on Visual Networks' Visual UpTime for IP networks operating on dedicated facilities through its Service Reliability Architecture, the strategy to extend Visual UpTime to support emerging IP WAN services (see separate release). This will result in a more complete and integrated solution for the management of IP networks and services including dial up and dedicated services. In addition, this will provide for consistent management of all data services from frame relay through VPNs. Visual Networks and Inverse have also signed an agreement covering joint sales and marketing activities, which will ensure coordination for customers in common. This marks the collaboration between the two leading WAN service level management leaders. Visual Networks dominates the market for dedicated services such as frame relay, ATM and IP, while Inverse has emerged as the leading solution for IP network and application services. Each company already has compatible integration capabilities within their respective products. The joint development will leverage these capabilities to deliver the functionality critical to providing increased network reliability: Inter-agent Communications: Inverse and Visual Networks will enable communications between IP InSight Clients and Service Agents and Visual UpTime agents. This will permit the measurement of end-to-end network delay and the exchange of key performance metrics and status information between Visual Networks' agents located at enterprise locations and Inverse agents on remote-access and LAN-connected PCs as well as predefined test points within a network. System-Level Data Integration: Inverse and Visual Networks have agreed to develop communications mechanisms between their systems. This will allow IP InSight to draw data from Visual UpTime for presentation to IP InSight users and also allow Visual UpTime to present IP InSight information to Visual UpTime users. User Interface Launch Integration: User interface launch mechanisms will be jointly developed, allowing each system to use all or selected views of the other system's user interface. This will provide users of both systems with a common application interface. "As IP becomes increasingly dominant in enterprise networks, service providers will have to ensure that they can provide equivalent reliability for all data services," said Scott Stouffer, president and CEO, Visual Networks. "Visual UpTime is the model by which service providers reduce their total cost of operations and their customer's cost of ownership while providing much more reliable networks. By partnering with Inverse, we can ensure that service providers can provide seamless management across their heterogeneous data services." "In order to be successful in providing IP services, service providers must be able to prove network performance," said Michael Watters, president and CEO at Inverse, Sunnyvale, CA. "Through our relationship with Visual Networks, service providers will be able to measure service performance from virtually any point in a network, including the desktop. Such information is required to create mutually beneficial partnerships and accountability between service providers and their customers." Joint development work will begin immediately. Ongoing development to produce the complete systems integration will be completed in 2000. Joint sales and marketing activities have been initiated and will continue in conjunction with development work. About Visual UpTime Visual UpTime automates the collection, interpretation, and presentation of WAN service level management information. A key component of the system is the unique integration of expert WAN performance, measurement, and analysis functionality into network access equipment. The system, including an SQL database and client software, enables full access to real-time and historical performance data, full packet capture and protocol decode, bandwidth planning, as well as detailed reporting from the operational to executive level. In addition, Visual UpTime presents its management information in simple graphical formats while supporting a variety of management platforms, including web browsers. About Visual Networks Visual Networks, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells WAN service level management systems for statistically multiplexed technologies such as frame relay, IP/Internet, and ATM. Visual Networks' Visual UpTime system combines WAN access functionality with innovative software for performance monitoring, troubleshooting and network planning. Visual UpTime provides instrumentation for network performance measurement and analysis that allows WAN service providers to achieve service levels required by subscribers and to lower operating costs associated with statistically multiplexed services. Visual Networks is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, with sales offices nationwide. This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Visual Networks assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. Visual Networks' future results may be impacted by its ability to implement its provider deployment model, its lengthy sales cycle, dependence upon its major customers, risks associated with rapid technological change and the emerging services market, potential fluctuations in its quarterly operating results, its dependence on sole and limited source suppliers and fluctuations in component pricing and its dependence upon key employees. Visual Networks' future results may be impacted by other risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC reports, including, but not limited to, the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-3 dated March 2, 1999, its Form 10-Qs and its Annual Report on Form 10-K. For more information about Visual Networks and Visual UpTime, contact Visual Networks, Inc., 2092 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850, at 800-240-4010, or via the World Wide Web at http://www.visualnetworks.com . About Inverse IP InSight Inverse IP InSight is a leading service-level management system for IP networks that provides a true, end-to-end view of IP network and application services. The system lets service providers and enterprises effectively monitor services and provide service level agreements (SLAs), offer new levels of end-user customer care and measure end-to-end network and application performance. Inverse's media-independent agent technology allows IP InSight to measure the performance of IP network and application services in both remote-access and dedicated networks. About Inverse Network Technology Inverse Network Technology is the leading provider of software solutions and measure service quality for applications such as remote access outsourcing, virtual private networks (VPNs) and electronic commerce. Inverse helps ISPs and corporations enhance performance and reliability and improve customer satisfaction of their IP network and application services. Founded in 1996, the company is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, call 408-616-6200 or visit the Inverse Web site at http://www.inversenet.com .
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