IP Metrics Launches NIC Express for Linux 1.0

First Hardware and Vendor Agnostic Trunking Solution to Provide

Increased Performance and Fault Tolerance for Linux Systems



Jan 14, 2002, 00:00 ET from IP Metrics Software, Inc.

    DALLAS, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IP Metrics Software, a provider of high
 availability software and services for mission-critical networks, today
 introduced a Linux version of its award-winning software NIC Express.  NIC
 Express for Linux 1.0 is the first hardware and vendor agnostic trunking
 solution available for the Linux system.
     NIC Express for Linux 1.0 enables network administrators to dramatically
 increase network throughput and network fault tolerance by load balancing
 network traffic across an array of two or more network connections.  The
 software is hardware and vendor agnostic so network administrators can use a
 variety of networking hardware.  Other trunking solutions force users to
 operate on a single vendor's equipment.
     Since the inception of Linux 1.0 in 1994, the operating system's user base
 has grown exponentially, making it the second best-selling operating system on
 the market.
     "In today's network environment, it's important that companies with
 mission-critical infrastructures take a holistic approach to network fault
 tolerance," said George Weiss, vice president and research director of Gartner
 Group.  "High availability solutions that can reach out to the edge of the
 network, and work across a variety of server platforms including Linux, UNIX
 and Windows, are critical in building fault tolerance across the enterprise."
     "Due to customer demand, IP Metrics is pleased to announce NIC Express for
 Linux," said David Wilbanks, CEO of IP Metrics Software.  "Tools like NIC
 Express help fuel Linux's acceptance in mission-critical networks by
 increasing performance and reliability.  In addition to being an agnostic
 solution, NIC Express' dynamic fail over capabilities extend fault tolerance
 beyond the server and across the enterprise."
 
     Fault Tolerance Beyond the Server
     NIC Express is the only trunking software on the market to push fault
 tolerance beyond the server and across the enterprise.  Traditionally, the
 conventional wisdom of fault tolerance focused only on the server.  But, by
 concentrating solely on the server, the network is left exposed to costly
 downtime due to faults within the network.  NIC Express' intelligent failover
 features empower system managers to build end-to-end fault tolerance and
 eliminate all single points of failure.
     NIC Express for Linux is the next step in IP Metrics' promise of pushing
 fault tolerance out to any end point on the network.  This new Linux version
 extends the functionality of the award-winning NIC Express 3.0 for Windows,
 which shipped last quarter.  To complete the goal, IP Metrics plans to
 introduce a Solaris-based version of NIC Express later this year.
 
     NIC Express Identifies Physical and Logical Faults
     NIC Express' most significant feature is its ability to peer deep into the
 network and identify both physical and logical faults.  Based on where and
 what type of fault is detected, NIC Express intelligently re-routes traffic,
 enabling administrators to eliminate all single points of failure between any
 two end points on the network.  This intelligent data routing builds
 end-to-end network fault tolerance, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity to
 mission-critical networks.
 
     Pricing, Specifications and Availability
     NIC Express for Linux 1.0 will begin shipping on January 14, 2002, and is
 priced at $395.00 per server.  NIC Express for Linux 1.0 supports version 2.4
 of the Linux kernel or higher, and works with any 10/100/1000 Ethernet NIC,
 and any layer 2/3/4 switch.
     IP Metrics offers a 30-day evaluation of NIC Express for Linux, which can
 be downloaded at http://www.ipmetrics.com .
 
     About IP Metrics Software, Inc.
     Founded in 1997, IP Metrics Software provides high availability software
 and consulting services for mission-critical networks.  IP Metrics' flagship
 product, NIC Express, provides end-to-end network availability for numerous
 financial institutions, multi-nationals, and government and military agencies.
 Representative clients include Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, Morgan
 Stanley, Dallas Morning News, Dow Chemical, the US Navy and the US Social
 Security Administration.  IP Metrics is located in the heart of the
 Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and can be reached at 416 North Main Street, Suite
 231, Euless, Texas, 76039, by phone at 817.358.1007, by fax at 817.358.1026 or
 on the Web at http://www.ipmetrics.com .
 
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    DALLAS, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IP Metrics Software, a provider of high
 availability software and services for mission-critical networks, today
 introduced a Linux version of its award-winning software NIC Express.  NIC
 Express for Linux 1.0 is the first hardware and vendor agnostic trunking
 solution available for the Linux system.
     NIC Express for Linux 1.0 enables network administrators to dramatically
 increase network throughput and network fault tolerance by load balancing
 network traffic across an array of two or more network connections.  The
 software is hardware and vendor agnostic so network administrators can use a
 variety of networking hardware.  Other trunking solutions force users to
 operate on a single vendor's equipment.
     Since the inception of Linux 1.0 in 1994, the operating system's user base
 has grown exponentially, making it the second best-selling operating system on
 the market.
     "In today's network environment, it's important that companies with
 mission-critical infrastructures take a holistic approach to network fault
 tolerance," said George Weiss, vice president and research director of Gartner
 Group.  "High availability solutions that can reach out to the edge of the
 network, and work across a variety of server platforms including Linux, UNIX
 and Windows, are critical in building fault tolerance across the enterprise."
     "Due to customer demand, IP Metrics is pleased to announce NIC Express for
 Linux," said David Wilbanks, CEO of IP Metrics Software.  "Tools like NIC
 Express help fuel Linux's acceptance in mission-critical networks by
 increasing performance and reliability.  In addition to being an agnostic
 solution, NIC Express' dynamic fail over capabilities extend fault tolerance
 beyond the server and across the enterprise."
 
     Fault Tolerance Beyond the Server
     NIC Express is the only trunking software on the market to push fault
 tolerance beyond the server and across the enterprise.  Traditionally, the
 conventional wisdom of fault tolerance focused only on the server.  But, by
 concentrating solely on the server, the network is left exposed to costly
 downtime due to faults within the network.  NIC Express' intelligent failover
 features empower system managers to build end-to-end fault tolerance and
 eliminate all single points of failure.
     NIC Express for Linux is the next step in IP Metrics' promise of pushing
 fault tolerance out to any end point on the network.  This new Linux version
 extends the functionality of the award-winning NIC Express 3.0 for Windows,
 which shipped last quarter.  To complete the goal, IP Metrics plans to
 introduce a Solaris-based version of NIC Express later this year.
 
     NIC Express Identifies Physical and Logical Faults
     NIC Express' most significant feature is its ability to peer deep into the
 network and identify both physical and logical faults.  Based on where and
 what type of fault is detected, NIC Express intelligently re-routes traffic,
 enabling administrators to eliminate all single points of failure between any
 two end points on the network.  This intelligent data routing builds
 end-to-end network fault tolerance, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity to
 mission-critical networks.
 
     Pricing, Specifications and Availability
     NIC Express for Linux 1.0 will begin shipping on January 14, 2002, and is
 priced at $395.00 per server.  NIC Express for Linux 1.0 supports version 2.4
 of the Linux kernel or higher, and works with any 10/100/1000 Ethernet NIC,
 and any layer 2/3/4 switch.
     IP Metrics offers a 30-day evaluation of NIC Express for Linux, which can
 be downloaded at http://www.ipmetrics.com .
 
     About IP Metrics Software, Inc.
     Founded in 1997, IP Metrics Software provides high availability software
 and consulting services for mission-critical networks.  IP Metrics' flagship
 product, NIC Express, provides end-to-end network availability for numerous
 financial institutions, multi-nationals, and government and military agencies.
 Representative clients include Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, Morgan
 Stanley, Dallas Morning News, Dow Chemical, the US Navy and the US Social
 Security Administration.  IP Metrics is located in the heart of the
 Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and can be reached at 416 North Main Street, Suite
 231, Euless, Texas, 76039, by phone at 817.358.1007, by fax at 817.358.1026 or
 on the Web at http://www.ipmetrics.com .
 
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