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Enterasys Deploys New XP Operating System to 35 Cities in 21 Countries;
First Joint Development Partner to Deploy XP Worldwide Tops All Other Partners
By Reaching to 2000 Clients First



December 11, 2001 Enterasys Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ETS), a leader in enterprise networking solutions, was recognized by Microsoft's Jim Allchin, Windows Group Vice President, as the first enterprise to deploy Windows XP to more than 2000 of its internal client employees worldwide. Allchin noted that Enterasys is one of 23 Microsoft Joint Development Partners (JDP), yet joined the JDP program 6 months later than other partners, which makes this deployment record even more significant. He also cited Enterasys' deployment process as being a best practice.

"Enterasys set a best-practices standard by migrating approximately 93% of its employees to Windows XP in less than six weeks," said Jim Allchin, Windows Group Vice President. "Using tools that automate the process, many end-users were able to perform their own upgrades, which minimised disruption and down time. Enterasys clearly values efficiency and cost effectiveness, and was able to realise these benefits with Windows XP. This deployment is an excellent case study for other companies who wish to experience similar results."

Windows XP was deployed to approximately 93% of the Enterasys Networks user population, covering 35 cities in 21 countries. The migration was deployed by a team of four companies: Enterasys Networks, Microsoft, Siemens and Internosis on a timeframe of around 22 weeks and field deployment of 4.5 weeks.

"The migration of our worldwide organisation to Windows XP has enabled us to utilise the advantages of 802.1X authentication, native VPN connectivity and improved wireless functionality, in addition to delivering real-time communications from a robust desktop client," said Len Couture, CIO of Enterasys Networks. "These standards-based services continue to make it easier to connect people anywhere they want, whenever they want, and however they want. And, with Windows's remote help desk feature, XP is already delivering a significant decrease in our need to dispatch technicians to support end users. Our deployment of Windows XP is also a testament to how well XP works with Enterasys' wireless, VPN and switching solutions, which we use in our internal network."



About Enterasys Networks


Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading worldwide provider of 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.

For more information, visit http://www.enterasys.com


Editorial Contacts:

Annmarie Dickson
Enterasys Networks, EMEA
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MCC International Ltd
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