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Two New High-Capacity Switches Provide Industry Leading Price, Performance and Features Along With Ease of Use and High Reliability

NEWBURY, UK – August 30, 2001 – Enterasys Networks Inc., a leader in secure, available and mobile enterprise networking solutions, has broadened its Vertical Horizon™ line with the addition of two new workgroup switches. Both the VH-2402-L3 and the VH-8TX1MF standalone switches allow high-performance, full-featured Ethernet switching in small to medium-sized network backbone applications, as well as high-performance, direct end-station connectivity.

The new VH-2402-L3 is a wire-speed fixed configuration Layer 3 Ethernet switch that provides 24 RJ45 ports of wire-speed 10/100BaseTX connectivity and one option slot for 1000BaseSX/LX or 1000BaseT uplink modules. The first product in the Vertical Horizon family to offer Layer 3 routing functionality on all 24 ports and uplinks, it features built-in management per unit and can be configured and managed via Telnet, console, or Web-based management tools. By implementing IP static routes, IGMP, and planned support for 802.1x, the VH-2402-L3 provides performance and security features that are typically found only in more costly switching products.

The VH-8TX1MF is an 8-port 10/100 switch that offers a multimode fiber uplink, making it an ideal switch solution for multi-dwelling units. This new product also features built-in onboard management, as well as offering convergence support for time-sensitive applications such as voice and video streaming with configurable priority queuing per the IEEE 802.1p standard.

“With wire-speed performance on all ports and industry-leading features that allow them to integrate into small to medium-size networks, these two new switches significantly expand the scalability of solutions within the Vertical Horizon family,” said Ken Kogut, product marketing director for switch products at Enterasys.

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) 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 organizations, coupled with the industry's strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys was named a “Company to Watch in 2001” by CIO Magazine.

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