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Encore Upgrades VPN Software

Encore Networks upgrades its Bandit VPN product with application enhancements and more supported legacy protocols

November 12, 2003

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DULLES, Va. -- Encore Networks, a developer of integrated IP+Legacy Virtual Private Network (VPN) security solutions, today IP+announced the release of its IP operating software, ELIOS* 4.0. Available immediately, ELIOS* 4.0 supports a common feature set across all platforms of the entire Encore Networks BANDIT* IP+Legacy product line, a family of uniquely versatile VPN gateways that provides IP routing, QoS, stateful inspection, firewall, IP VPN functionality, dial backup, and extensive legacy data protocol support.

With the enhanced list of legacy protocols and new features added to ELIOS* 4.0, carriers now have the ability to converge additional legacy networks to a single core IP network, providing new revenue sources in secure, multi-service solutions. Global enterprise customers can seamlessly migrate legacy networks to broadband IP VPN services providing converged applications, including voice, data, security, and VPNs over a single network connection. Satellite users can realize significant improvements in performance of key applications over satellite networks such as e-mail, Internet access and file transfers.

The new software enhancements and product features of the ELIOS* 4.0 operating system include:

Remote Data Unit (RDU)
This 12-port high-density serial module is primarily used for host applications. Along with the BANDIT*-Plus, the Remote Data Unit provides a high performance, multi-service IP+Legacy VPN host solution, or high-density remote deployments. Given its port density, the RDU can support up to hundreds of remote locations in various applications such as Lottery, Point-of-Sale, SCADA and ATM banking. The flexibility of its architecture allows for the provisioning of different applications on different ports (Any Service Any Port) whether the application is synchronous or asynchronous based, while migrating them simultaneously to broadband IP.

Enhanced List of Legacy Protocol support
ELIOS* 4.0 not only enhances the library of legacy protocols that are currently supported by the BANDIT* product lines, but also expands Encore's reach into additional vertical markets such as Satellite, Banking, international and government. The list of additional legacy protocols supported by ELIOS* 4.0 includes AX.25, MATIP airline reservation protocol, Bisync and Poll-Select.

SLE Implementation
Another innovative feature supported by ELIOS* 4.0 is an enhanced implementation of Encore's Selective Layer Encryption (SLE) protocol. This enhancement provides a broader interoperability between Encore IP+Legacy VPN product lines and various satellite modem and VSAT terminal vendors. The enhanced SLE capability allows Satellite Networks Operators (SNO's) and equipment vendors to offer their end users high performance end-to-end broadband IP VPN solutions with no performance degradation.

Improved Network monitoring and Stats collection
ELIOS* 4.0 further enhances the built-in capability of stats collection, traps generation and problem isolation tools in the BANDIT* product lines. Such enhancements cover incremental features and applications such as IPsec and GRE tunnels, DHCP (Client, Server and Relay), SLE, MATIP and AX.25. This provides carriers with the means to support managed network services and offer guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs) in different vertical markets

International Features
The enhanced international features allow Encore to expand globally with its rich IP+legacy VPN solutions. Such features include Nx64/E1 module and 2E1 port module with Drop & Insert functionality for integrated support of voice, data and VPN applications.

Abir Hnidi, Encore's Chief Technical Officer said, "With The latest ELIOS operating system software release, Encore Networks continues to raise the competitive bar and distance itself from the rest of the crowd." Added Hnidi, "The capabilities and enhanced features introduced in ELIOS release 4.0 allows Encore to expand its targeted market footprint both domestically and internationally".

Encore Networks Inc.

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