Blue Ridge Networks Leapfrogs Recent Verizon Announcement With Global Secure Virtual Ethernet Service

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High-Security Solution Eliminates Costs of Private Line, ATM, Frame Relay and ISDN Dependencies. Blue Ridge Networks, the premier provider of high assurance security solutions to business and government, today announced the Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service™, a solution that can offer capabilities significantly beyond Verizon's Virtual Private LAN service that was introduced last week

Legacy services such as ATM, frame relay and private line have been steadily losing ground to such newer technologies as IP. This trend is expected to continue as enterprises seek more bandwidth, convergence, better management and increasing value-added services for their enterprise WAN expenditures.

Blue Ridge Networks™, the premier provider of high assurance security solutions to business and government, today announced the Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service™, a solution that can offer capabilities significantly beyond Verizon's Virtual Private LAN service that was introduced last week Verizon Press Release.

The new Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service delivers the convenience, mobility and flexibility of Ethernet-based connectivity to remote offices globally, yet without the high cost and limitations of private line, ATM, frame relay or ISDN platforms. The Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service is carrier-agnostic with backup redundancy for 100% uptime, and is implemented with high levels of security, certifications and standards that have already been proven globally within the intelligence community. All capabilities of this offering support high levels of business continuity for organizations and users world-wide.

In a recent 2007 Frost & Sullivan research report, senior analyst Maria Zeppetella summarized that "Legacy services such as ATM, frame relay and private line have been steadily losing ground to such newer technologies as IP. This trend is expected to continue as enterprises seek more bandwidth, convergence, better management and increasing value-added services for their enterprise WAN expenditures." Frost & Sullivan

Mike Fumai, CEO of Blue Ridge Networks stated that "we are pleased to introduce this privacy solution that allows organizations to exploit the tremendous cost advantages available with public IP-based networks. Enterprises are no longer locked into costly carrier-based solutions built upon older infrastructure technologies. We are very proud of our world-class service and proven record of customer security that exceeds that of any carrier-based solution."

Today's popularity of managed service provider solutions such as the Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service is easily understood when looking at the spiraling IT costs necessary to support the growth of branch offices - a typical challenge for enterprises. In one example cited in a recent Network World newsletter, the average number of branch offices is growing by 11% annually, but in 2007 the average growth in IT budgets is only 4%. The Blue Ridge Networks offering realizes immediate savings to help manage this budget dilemma. This year, 46% of organizations use managed service providers to manage branch locations, up from 27% in 2005. Network World Newsletter

The Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Service is available today, with pricing as low as $130 a month per site including bandwidth, or less using existing bandwidth. Functionality is comprehensive and scaleable, with an ability to provide full mesh connectivity among large numbers of sites. The service can operate within a range of 250 kilobits to 250 megabits per site and on as many sites as needed. For more information on this specific offering, contact a Blue Ridge representative at 1-800-722-1168 or visit http://www.blueridgenetworks.com.

About Blue Ridge Networks

Blue Ridge Networks is a respected and leading provider of unparalleled security solutions for government and private industry. The company's products have a proven ability to exploit the advantages of the internet and are relied upon by hundreds of large enterprises. Blue Ridge solutions represent high standards of security strength as tested and certified by independent organizations. The company's products have earned: FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), ARMY TIC, and Department of Defense SPOCK certifications. Additionally, they comply with important HIPAA, HSPD-12, and PCI regulations. Information about the company's products and managed services can be found by visiting http://www.blueridgenetworks.com.

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John Chaconas

Blue Ridge Networks

703.631.7691

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