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Pioneering Customers & Partners Recognized for Early Adoption of Innovative Technology ¨C First Award Presented to Channel Partner, NETconnection Systems




NEWBURY, ENGLAND þu February 4, 2002 þu Capitalising on its long history of technological innovation, Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS), a leader in enterprise networking solutions, has today unveiled its Vision, Innovation & Partnership (VIP) initiative. The UK-based program recognises customers and partners who embrace innovative technology, encourage the adoption of technological advances, or have implemented outstanding improvements in existing technology.




As part of the unveiling ceremony, Enterasys Networks presented its first VIP award to London-based channel partner, NETconnection Systems Limited (NSL). The organisation was selected for its continued and committed focus to IT security, having been the first partner to attain certification in its rigorous Secure HarbourTM security accreditation scheme back in September 2001. NSL received an innovative award and membership entry to its VIP program.




Courtney Green, director of NSL commented, "NSL is proud to be selected as an Enterasys VIP Program member as it highlights our determination to deliver leading-edge business solutions. Our focus on secure communication solutions is clear, most ably demonstrated by our efforts in becoming the first European Secure Harbour certified partner for Enterasys. Becoming a VIP member will further enable us to offer our customers a complete integration package, and allow us access to new technologies and products ahead of the pack. We believe it will further strengthen NSL as a forward-thinking solutions partner."

Enterasys' VIP program will comprise an elite group of customers and partners, recognised for outstanding innovation in the area of enterprise communications. Together, Enterasys and its program members will work on proving new areas of technology through ongoing collaboration activities. Members also receive a host of benefits including:



- Advanced knowledge of new technology and solutions;


- Regular access to Enterasys' Chief Technology Office members;


- Fast-track evaluation equipment;


- Participation in beta-test programs;


- Ability to access and participate in a range of marketing resources & events.



"Enterasys' new VIP program is designed to recognise technology adoption and accomplishments. Our customers and partners are utilizing our advanced communications solutions to meet genuine business requirements and are achieving outstanding results. The program will continually bring together two essential elements ¨C partnership and innovation ¨C and allow us to work together to encourage the development and growth of new technologies," said Stefan Michal, vice president of Enterasys Networks, UK & Ireland.


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 organizations coupled with the industry¡¯s strongest service and support.


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



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