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Trapeze Networks Introduces NonStop Wireless(TM) for the Always On Enterprise

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Trapeze Networks(R) today announced new hardware and software capabilities that enable NonStop Wireless(TM), the most significant breakthrough in enterprise wireless LAN technology. NonStop Wireless is the culmination of an intensive multi-year development effort that brings painless, fully automated dynamic redundancy and scaling to wireless LANs for the first time. Nonstop Wireless technology allows for non-stop operation, in-service upgrades, and hitless failover while dramatically simplifying redundancy configuration. Trapeze's NonStop Wireless dramatically reduces capital equipment and ongoing IT operational costs associated with building, maintaining, and growing high-availability resilient wireless LANs.

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ — Trapeze Networks(R) today announced new hardware and software capabilities that enable NonStop Wireless(TM), the most significant breakthrough in enterprise wireless LAN technology. NonStop Wireless is the culmination of an intensive multi-year development effort that brings painless, fully automated dynamic redundancy and scaling to wireless LANs for the first time. Nonstop Wireless technology allows for non-stop operation, in-service upgrades, and hitless failover while dramatically simplifying redundancy configuration. Trapeze's NonStop Wireless dramatically reduces capital equipment and ongoing IT operational costs associated with building, maintaining, and growing high-availability resilient wireless LANs.

NonStop Wireless is an innovation that is delivered in the new version of Trapeze Mobility System Software (MSS). MSS is the distributed wireless operating system that runs on Trapeze's wireless LAN equipment and delivers the benefits of Trapeze's Smart Mobile architecture. MSS runs on all Trapeze equipment, from access points to controllers and is backwards compatible across the company's entire product line. For customers with current support agreements, it is available as a free upgrade.

Today's NonStop Wireless(TM) announcement includes the following five elements:

— Mobility System Software MSS Version 7.0 with advanced Virtual Controller Cluster capabilities — Wi-Fi Certification for the MP-432 802.11n high-feature access point — MX-2800 wireless controller with industry-leading 12,000 active client capacity — RingMaster Version 7.0 Wireless Management Tool Suite with 802.11n planning and deployment — Updates to the RM-200, industry's most cost-effective and scalable wireless management appliance capable of managing 5,000 access points and 1,000 wireless controllers in a single turnkey appliance.

"Mark your calendars because today is the beginning of a new era in wireless networking," said Jim Vogt, President and CEO of Trapeze Networks. "Trapeze Networks invented NonStop Wireless(TM) to meet the needs of the always on enterprise. As of today, an enterprise can confidently enjoy the freedom of wireless voice and data connectivity because Trapeze has made the wireless network more reliable than it's ever been before."

"Runs Fast, Never Quits"

"Our Trapeze network runs fast and never quits," said Kevin Petersen, network engineer at Livermore Unified School District. "It's one of the most dependable parts of our network. It handles all the traffic we can throw at it and the performance still feels like it's a wired connection."

The new products containing NonStop Wireless(TM) capabilities including MSS Version 7.0, MP-432, MX-2800, RM Version 7.0, and the RM-200 are all currently being deployed at the University of Minnesota, the world's largest announced 802.11n deployment to date.

Mobility System Software 7.0: Unmatched Reliability and Availability

Smart Mobile, through MSS, has been delivering application-specific switching for improved performance in latency sensitive applications, and bridging and meshing for seamless mobility indoors and outdoors. With Version 7.0, MSS has added a revolutionary capability not available in wireless systems to date, the Trapeze NonStop Wireless(TM) network and its enabling Virtual Controller Cluster technology. This technology delivers Controller Virtualization which dramatically improves the overall reliability of the wireless LAN in much the same way Server Virtualization provides reliability for server based enterprise applications. In the event an access point or controller fails or is disconnected for any reason, the Mobility System Software intelligently and automatically remaps resources until the problem is resolved. This capability eliminates the need to purchase and configure hot- standby controllers, works in conjunction with existing resiliency strategies such as automatic re-adjustment of RF power levels and channel assignments to mitigate coverage holes, and unlike any other wireless network, performs these functions so fast that data connections are never dropped and voice calls and critical data sessions stay constantly connected. MSS 7.0 also includes a host of exclusive performance improvement techniques such as Dynamic Load Optimization, which provides 30-40% better bandwidth utilization by steering clients onto less crowded RF bands, and Dynamic Scaling which allows hassle free addition and automatic configuration of newly added controllers and access points.

The industry's first public demonstration of hitless failover will be at Interop during the week of April 28th in Las Vegas where a Trapeze Mobility Exchange controller supporting active Voice over Wi-Fi clients will be intentionally shut down, yet the live telephone conversation will continue uninterrupted.

RingMaster Enterprise Management Version 7.0:

A New Way to See WLAN Management

One of the hardest parts of planning or expanding a wireless network is being able to visualize and verify the coverage of indoor and outdoor areas. Building materials, distance, carpeting, vegetation, windows, doors, shape of a room, partition height, moving obstructions … there are too many variables for a person to successfully plan for predicted coverage without an integrated planning tool. That's why Trapeze Networks' RingMaster has won industry accolades and the loyalty of thousands of network managers as a complete and integrated life-cycle management platform with its rich features for planning, reporting, monitoring, optimization, security and fault management. With the latest Version 7.0, RingMaster incorporates powerful built-in 802.11n planning capabilities. Companies can now plan an 802.11n network as a completely new greenfield deployment, as an addition to their legacy 802.11 a/b/g network, or provide 802.11n access in selective areas where it is needed most. This allows customers to make an easy transition to 802.11n as their needs require it. As always, RingMaster configures multiple wireless services, determines the appropriate placement of access points, accurately predicts RF coverage, and automatically pushes the configuration to each controller and access point as it is added to the network.

In order to make RingMaster even simpler for network managers to install and scale, last month Trapeze announced a turnkey integrated wireless management solution in the form of a pre-configured appliance, the RM-200, that can manage as many as 5,000 access points.

The RM-200 combines the latest software version of RingMaster with a rack- mount hardware appliance based on a Linux OS, pre-tuned and optimized for best performance. The appliance includes dual 250 GB hard drives configured to RAID 1 to collect monitoring and configuration data. An enterprise that uses the RM-200 will be able to easily scale to larger and larger deployments simply by purchasing and downloading license keys for enabling the management of additional access points. This saves hundreds of IT hours over configuring a generic server.

Highest Performance Controller Supports 12,000 Clients

The Mobility Exchange MX-2800 is Trapeze Networks' next generation, high capacity WLAN controller. With 28 Gbps of switching, more than four times faster than the closest competitor, it is the highest performance controller available. The MX-2800 supports up to 12,000 active client devices for larger deployments in complex environments such as those found in higher education and multi-facility healthcare, and automatically expands using Trapeze's Virtual Controller Cluster technology for up to 64 units, meaning that IT staff only manage one virtual cluster that can handle more than 32,700 access points.

Wi-Fi Alliance Certifies MP-432 for IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 Interoperability

The new MP-432 802.11n access point delivers a new level of performance and reliability to Trapeze wireless LANs. The MP-432 leverages Trapeze's unique Smart Mobile architecture, which enables wireless traffic to be forwarded at the access point without having to pass through a WLAN controller. As a result, the MP-432 delivers the dramatically higher throughput possible with 802.11n while placing virtually no additional burden on the wired infrastructure or the wireless controller. Trapeze customers will therefore be able to deploy MP-432s without worrying about the impacts to their networking infrastructure, resulting in significant cost savings.

SmartMobile application specific switching remains in contrast to other vendors such as Cisco Systems and Aruba Networks, whose centralized wireless architectures are inflexible and require all traffic to pass through a central controller. This approach creates potential bottlenecks in both the wired infrastructure and the wireless controllers when 802.11n access points are deployed in large numbers, requiring costly upgrades to the controllers in the network.

The MP-432 has redundant power and network features to help ensure maximum uptime. Each MP-432 contains two 3*3 MIMO radios for simultaneous operation at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and supports 802.11 b/g/n and a/n. Dual redundant 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, each supporting 802.3af or draft 802.3at (high-power) Power-over-Ethernet, connects the MP-432 to the network. This month, the Wi-Fi Alliance certified the MP-432 for IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 interoperability.

802.11n: Trapeze Makes It Easy

MSS Version 7.0 and RingMaster Version 7.0 are immediately available as free upgrades to customers with active support contracts. The MP-432 and MX-2800 are shipping now and will be generally available to new customers in late May of 2008. The RM-200 is available for immediate shipment today. To help customers and prospects drive adoption of better performance equipment, Trapeze Networks is launching a promotion to resellers called "Unwire Your Enterprise." Customers or prospects can trade in some of their out-of-date equipment for the new MP-432 802.11n access point.

About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks(TM) is a leader in wireless LAN equipment and management software for medium-large businesses. Since 2002, Trapeze Networks has delivered wireless network solutions to over 2,000 organizations worldwide. Trapeze Networks solutions are optimized for companies with thousands of mobile workers and high bandwidth requirements such as healthcare, education, government, hospitality and retail. Trapeze delivers Smart Mobile(TM) — a ground-breaking approach to wireless networking, specifically designed to handle the bandwidth demands of 802.11n, without requiring costly upgrades. In addition, the Smart Mobile architecture is optimized for applications such as Voice over Wi-Fi, location services, and seamless indoor/outdoor connectivity. In 2008, Trapeze was the first company to introduce NonStop Wireless — delivering unmatched reliability to the enterprise wireless LAN. Smart Mobile also combines the highest security standards for authentication and encryption with intrusion detection and prevention, delivering the most secure wireless solution on the market. In fact, Trapeze Networks was recently ranked #1 in providing wireless LAN security by a leading independent research organization. The Trapeze Networks product line includes Mobility Point(TM) wireless access points, Mobility Exchange(TM) intelligent WLAN controllers, and Ringmaster management software, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use solution that gives network managers total control over WLAN management from a single console.

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