Mitel Networks Acquires e-smith - Accelerating the Delivery of Flexible Network Applications to Small Business

- Mitel Networks integration of e-smith's Linux-based development

platform will allow Small and Medium Enterprise to implement

reliable, cost-effective network server solutions



Jul 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mitel Networks Corporation

    OTTAWA, ON, July 11 /PRNewswire/ - Mitel Networks today announced it has
 acquired e-smith, a leading edge provider of open-source network server
 software for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). The addition of e-smith's
 proven application infrastructure to Mitel Networks portfolio extends the
 seamless delivery of integrated voice and data solutions to include e-mail,
 Web and file server applications, and enhanced networking capabilities.
     This acquisition brings Mitel Networks highly-regarded expertise in
 building secure, customizable server software solutions that address the
 unique needs of the SME marketplace, while at the same time creating
 significant new opportunities in the emerging open-source development
 community. E-smith, founded 2 1/2 years ago, has successfully developed and
 marketed e-smith Server and Gateway, an award-winning Linux-based software
 suite currently in use on over 50,000 servers worldwide.
     "Mitel Networks is committed to achieving sustainable leadership in the
 IP communications market by putting the user back in control," said Don Smith,
 Chief Executive Officer, Mitel Networks. "e-smith's networking software allows
 users or their channel partners to configure their own server and gateway
 environment simply and efficiently, without special technical training."
     e-smith has built a solid channel partner program with 45
 integrators/partners and numerous open-source collaborators focused on the SME
 market. Additional markets successfully targeted by e-smith include
 distributed enterprises and small technology-driven business organizations,
 providing a tremendous synergy with Mitel's recently launched March Networks
 3100 Integrated Communications Platform.
     "This acquisition is great news for our customers, partners, employees
 and the open-source community at large," said Joseph Morrison, co-founder and
 CEO of e-smith. "It allows us to better pursue our current path of providing
 world-class networking solutions to small businesses, while at the same time
 exploiting marketing, channel sales and technology synergies with the rest of
 Mitel Networks."
 
     About Mitel Networks
     --------------------
     Mitel Networks is a leading provider of next-generation IP telephony
 solutions and a market-leader for voice, video and data convergence. The
 company creates advanced communication solutions and applications in the area
 of speech recognition, wireless mobility, unified messaging, and contact
 center solutions. Mitel Networks is committed to delivering integrated
 business solutions including hospitality, education, health care, government,
 retail and financial markets. The company supports its customers through
 offices and partners globally.
 
     About e-smith
     -------------
     Founded in 1999, e-smith, inc. is headquartered in Boston, MA, with
 operations located in Ottawa, Canada. The company's flagship product, the e-
 smith server and gateway, is an open-source, Linux-based network server that
 offers businesses all of the advantages of the Internet without the high cost
 and technical complexity. Since its release, the e-smith server and gateway
 has been installed on tens of thousands of servers in dozens of countries
 worldwide.
 
 

SOURCE Mitel Networks Corporation
    OTTAWA, ON, July 11 /PRNewswire/ - Mitel Networks today announced it has
 acquired e-smith, a leading edge provider of open-source network server
 software for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). The addition of e-smith's
 proven application infrastructure to Mitel Networks portfolio extends the
 seamless delivery of integrated voice and data solutions to include e-mail,
 Web and file server applications, and enhanced networking capabilities.
     This acquisition brings Mitel Networks highly-regarded expertise in
 building secure, customizable server software solutions that address the
 unique needs of the SME marketplace, while at the same time creating
 significant new opportunities in the emerging open-source development
 community. E-smith, founded 2 1/2 years ago, has successfully developed and
 marketed e-smith Server and Gateway, an award-winning Linux-based software
 suite currently in use on over 50,000 servers worldwide.
     "Mitel Networks is committed to achieving sustainable leadership in the
 IP communications market by putting the user back in control," said Don Smith,
 Chief Executive Officer, Mitel Networks. "e-smith's networking software allows
 users or their channel partners to configure their own server and gateway
 environment simply and efficiently, without special technical training."
     e-smith has built a solid channel partner program with 45
 integrators/partners and numerous open-source collaborators focused on the SME
 market. Additional markets successfully targeted by e-smith include
 distributed enterprises and small technology-driven business organizations,
 providing a tremendous synergy with Mitel's recently launched March Networks
 3100 Integrated Communications Platform.
     "This acquisition is great news for our customers, partners, employees
 and the open-source community at large," said Joseph Morrison, co-founder and
 CEO of e-smith. "It allows us to better pursue our current path of providing
 world-class networking solutions to small businesses, while at the same time
 exploiting marketing, channel sales and technology synergies with the rest of
 Mitel Networks."
 
     About Mitel Networks
     --------------------
     Mitel Networks is a leading provider of next-generation IP telephony
 solutions and a market-leader for voice, video and data convergence. The
 company creates advanced communication solutions and applications in the area
 of speech recognition, wireless mobility, unified messaging, and contact
 center solutions. Mitel Networks is committed to delivering integrated
 business solutions including hospitality, education, health care, government,
 retail and financial markets. The company supports its customers through
 offices and partners globally.
 
     About e-smith
     -------------
     Founded in 1999, e-smith, inc. is headquartered in Boston, MA, with
 operations located in Ottawa, Canada. The company's flagship product, the e-
 smith server and gateway, is an open-source, Linux-based network server that
 offers businesses all of the advantages of the Internet without the high cost
 and technical complexity. Since its release, the e-smith server and gateway
 has been installed on tens of thousands of servers in dozens of countries
 worldwide.
 
 SOURCE Mitel Networks Corporation