Sitara to Release New Quality of Service Software

BOSTON (05/03/2000) - Sitara Networks Inc., announced today that it will unveil a new version of its quality of service software, QoSWorks 1.5, at the Network+Interop conference in Las Vegas next week.

QoSWorks is designed to provide more controlled Internet traffic management to improve the performance of applications running over a WAN (wide area network).

The software manages all applications of a given network at once.

According to a written statement from Sitara, the new version of QoSWorks will include a user interface allowing network managers to quickly set policies on a single screen, and will allow e-businesses to launch browser-based applications, e-commerce, voice and video on the same network. The software can be deployed at a user company's headquarters or at any of its branches.

"It is a very interesting product. It learns enough about the network to optimize the performance," said Frank Dzubeck, president and chief executive officer of Communications Network Architects Inc., a market analyst firm. "It is one of the first appliances to ever hit the networking market."

QoSWorks has two main advantages, according to Eric Hanselman, director of systems engineering at Sitara: "First, it means you can manage it all from one interface and two, that you have the ability to make all tools work together cooperatively."

Sitara doesn't have much competition in that market, analyst Dzubeck said. "In the appliance market, they are the only ones. In the software market, Packeteer Inc., (is their competitor)" he said.

The software is aimed at corporations, ISPs (Internet service providers) and ASPs (application service providers). They will have a choice of several models offering between 64K bps (bits per second) to 45M bps. Prices will start at US$2,500 per unit but Sitara is putting a 30-day money back guarantee on the product, which will be generally available at the end of the month.

Sitara Inc, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-781-487-5900 or http://www.sitaranetworks.com/.

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