Natural MicroSystems Launches New Version of PolicyPoint Thursday 1 February 2001 PDF Print Network Access Product Designed for Wide-Scale Deployment of Broadband IP Services Industry's First IP Multi-Service Unit Increases Revenue Potential for Service Providers January 31, 2001-Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS), the technology leader enabling a new era of communications, today announced a new version of its award-winning PolicyPoint product, which now becomes the industry's first "IP Multi-Service Unit" (IP MSU)-expressly designed and priced for network service providers looking for immediate revenue from IP services as well as faster implementation of a converged, multiservice Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure. PolicyPoint extends tiered classes of IP service and application-specific QoS to business customer premises. This version of NMS' PolicyPoint IP traffic management system and multiservice access platform introduces significant new features that deliver IP MSU capabilities. An IP MSU is an intelligent, customer premises equipment (CPE) device that monitors and shapes traffic at the boundary between the enterprise LAN and a network service provider's WAN. By extending traffic shaping, traffic classification and bandwidth management to business customers' premises, the service provider-managed IP MSU enables tiered classes of service (CoS) with application-specific quality of service (QoS) for voice over IP (VoIP), virtual private network (VPN) over IP, Internet access and other broadband offerings. Delay-sensitive voice, data and video IP traffic receive the proper handling to meet service level agreement (SLA) metrics-while gaining the considerable cost and efficiency advantages of a converged, single connection over the service provider's local loop. Priced as much as 40% less than comparable products, Version 1.1 of the PolicyPoint platform includes these added capabilities: · 100Mb/second wire speed classification with zero packet loss-This traffic classification feature allows high-quality voice, data and video to be delivered to users, without the packet-loss performance penalties associated with earlier generations of network access devices. · Enhanced IP statistics for management of IP flows-Service providers require the ability to monitor and report for usage, billing and remote management. This new PolicyPoint feature creates an opportunity for providers to effectively manage remote locations, IP performance and IP bandwidth allocations. · Zero packet discard for protected flows-Not only can real-time applications be protected from random packet discards that would otherwise degrade performance, but it is also possible to specify conventional "best effort" IP transmission for services and traffic types that can tolerate latency. · Improved reporting for OSS management platforms-Enhanced metering and alarming allows PolicyPoint to work with operations support system (OSS) management platforms service providers are already using. IP MSU Fills Gap, Enables High-Quality Broadband Services Incorporating essential capabilities required to provision, bill for and manage IP services, the PolicyPoint platform provides an important infrastructure link that lets service providers fulfill enterprise customers' demands for a range of increasingly popular broadband IP services. In one notable growth category, VPNs, Infonetics Research predicts organizations worldwide will spend nearly $40 billion for such products and services in 2004. Brian Strachman, senior analyst for Data and Voice Communications Services at Cahners In-Stat Group, commented, "The market has been waiting for a solution like the PolicyPoint IP multiservice unit. To move converged IP-based voice and data services from a promising vision to a profitable reality, service providers need the technology to prioritize critical traffic and effectively manage bandwidth for reliable performance. IP multiservice units enter as an entirely new category of product that bridges a crucial gap: enforcing IP class of service and quality of service where the service provider network meets the enterprise." The first product of its kind, NMS' PolicyPoint is marketed to communications equipment suppliers and systems integrators creating equipment for network service providers such as telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers (ISPs) and application service providers (ASPs). Traditional network access products are not geared to handle voice, data and video flows efficiently on a single connection, because these devices are not built to classify multiple flows, shape traffic and/or measure IP service levels beyond the provider's core or backbone network. With the PolicyPoint IP MSU, not only are service providers able to deliver tiered service quality that extends from end-to-end of the network, but they can also finely control performance on a per-user and per-application basis. In contrast, conventional access products supply just relative QoS at the customer premises -not absolute QoS-because they are built to classify only data streams (TCP flows) instead of converged IP voice and data traffic (UDP and TCP). Link to Expanded Revenue Potential "The future revenues for the new IP service operators will come from networks mixing voice over IP and value-added data services; new technologies for QoS over the local loop are a must to guarantee the fulfillment of SLAs offered to customers," said Miguel Castillo, Manager of R&D of OLA Internet, Spanish telecom operator. "NMS' PolicyPoint represents a new category of solution our industry requires to provision differentiated classes of IP service to enterprise customers." "The existing generation of network access devices, including routers and integrated access devices (IADs), was not conceived to handle full convergence of voice, data and video in a broadband IP environment," said Charlie Walker, vice president and general manager of NMS' IP Services Management business. "Great strides have been made to increase capabilities and add mechanisms to protect CoS and QoS inside the network core, but that drops sharply into 'best effort' at the local loop because bandwidth gets expensive and existing tools become less effective there. Solutions that use PolicyPoint will help network service providers raise customer confidence in the quality of converged IP services, and to reap the rewards of that transformation." About Natural MicroSystems Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS) is the technology leader making it possible for the world's top networking and communication equipment suppliers to create and accelerate communications infrastructure and services. The Framingham, MA company designs, develops and supplies network-quality hardware and software components and provides design and customization services that are enabling a new era of communications. Deployed in more than 65 countries, NMS' products and technologies are at the foundation of today's high-value communications systems, including network-based enhanced service platforms, media and access gateways, media servers, voice portals, web-enabled call centers, unified messaging platforms and wireless networks. NMS has a long history of technology innovations that advance the rapid growth of the communications industry worldwide, including breakthroughs such as the first complete open IP gateway, the first complete open packet media server and leadership in bringing open, scalable CompactPCI to the telecommunications industry. 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