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Enterasys Networks’ Matrix E6s Provide Simplified Migration and
Dramatically Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

NEWBURY, ENGLAND & WIESBADEN, GERMANY – Enterasys Networks™, a leader in secure, available and mobile enterprise communications solutions, today announces that the Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS), Europe – a U.S. government agency focused on providing high-quality education to the children of military and civilian personnel stationed in Europe and the Middle East – has upgraded its Enterasys network infrastructure to Gigabit Ethernet. The new high-availability Gigabit Ethernet network will provide a powerful infrastructure for DoDDS, enabling faster end-user access to on-demand applications and E-learning programs for 20,000 users.

As an existing Enterasys user, DoDDS took advantage of Enterasys’ modular design inherent within each of its products. Through the simple addition of a single Gigabit Ethernet board within its installed MatrixTM E6 switches, the DoDDS is saving critical funding, eliminating IT staff training requirements, dramatically reducing total cost of ownership and protecting existing investment in its Enterasys infrastructure.

“E-learning is taking off worldwide. It’s imperative that we provide our schools with the next- generation applications and services they need to keep pace,” commented Gary Kelley, DoDDS Europe Local & Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Branch Chief. “Based on our existing infrastructure, we pinpointed Gigabit Ethernet as the most logical choice for an upgrade and set out a phased approach to delivering this technology to our entire network community. Enterasys really earned its keep as we were able to save critical funding by reutilising the same equipment while still moving up to the speed and performance of Gigabit Ethernet.”

Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, DoDDS Europe is part of the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Its IT Division is responsible for providing reliable IT access and for ensuring IT standards, infrastructure, effectiveness and efficiency of all computer applications. The network itself serves as the foundation for server-based education resources and applications, as well as for intranet, Internet and back-office operations such as e-mail and database access.

DoDDS previously relied on a fiber infrastructure with a 100Mbps FDDI ring to tie together 130 schools and offices spread diversely across Europe and the Middle East. Taking a phased approach to its new Gigabit Ethernet strategy rollout, it targeted 12 schools for the initial implementation. The migration, the first phase of which was completed in 2001, consists of simply installing Gigabit Ethernet modules in place of existing FDDI uplinks in the Matrix E6 line of high-performance switches.

The addition of the single board is eliminating new product training and simplifying the migration process. Migrating to Gigabit Ethernet has already resulted in faster access to on-demand applications and services and provided the IT department with technical advantages including Quality-of-Service and inherent security features such as user authentication and policy-based management. Project completion is expected by the end of 2002.

“We are regularly approached by other vendors offering attractive inducements to change to their switching products. Not only does Enterasys provide the best price-to-performance ratio for us, but with 20,000 users spread across Europe, we know we’ll have the support when we need it,” concluded Kelley.

“The drive toward e-learning in education is providing opportunities for Enterasys Networks to demonstrate that our solutions offer considerable benefits to education customers. Enterasys has focused on delivering products and solutions that enable new applications, enable customers to look at their service delivery mechanisms and deploy new technologies and services. In education, E-learning is a serious driver, not only to enable more children to be educated, but to educate them in different ways and through different media. Enterasys is at the forefront of E-learning because we understand the needs of schools, teachers, and children and build solutions that inspire new ways of educating and new ways of learning,” said Jerry Shanahan, COO for Enterasys Networks.

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Enterasys Networks is a new type of company that combines a single market focus with a strong technology heritage to provide communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys' networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organisations, coupled with the industry's strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys is backed by Silver Lake Partners and Cabletron Systems (NYSE: CS), and was named a "Company to Watch in 2001" by CIO Magazine. For more information, visit

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