LineSider Partners with 3Com to Deliver Integrated Policy-Driven Solution for Simplifying Deployment of Complex Networks and Applications: LineSider OverDrive Policy Server Integrated with 3Com Open Services Networking Automates Deployment and Management of IP-based Services

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LineSider Technologies, a leading provider for next-generation policy-based network infrastructure control and management, and 3Com Corporation, a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes, today introduced the OverDrive suite for 3Com Open Services Networking (3Com OSN) deployed on the MSR Series Multi-Service Router platform. Designed for enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs), the OverDrive software on OSN is a distinctive, fully automated and integrated, policy-based solution that enables users to more efficiently deploy and manage Internet protocol-based services across complex network environments.

Customers that integrate the OverDrive technology into 3Com multi-service platforms via OSN have the opportunity to achieve significant cost savings and operational efficiency in deploying new services and solutions within the network.

    "3Com is pleased to have LineSider as a premium 3Com Open Network(TM) (3Com/ON(TM)) Program member supporting 3Com Open Services Networking initiatives," said Scott Hilton, vice president of enterprise product management at 3Com. "Customers that integrate the OverDrive technology into 3Com multi-service platforms via OSN have the opportunity to achieve significant cost savings and operational efficiency in deploying new services and solutions within the network."

LineSider's patented OverDrive software is a fully automated, rules-driven policy server that controls and manages deployed network services and devices through business-level policies. By integrating the OverDrive solution with 3Com OSN, enterprises and MSPs can virtualize their networks and simplify the management of complex infrastructure services. Additionally, the integrated solution eliminates the need for dedicated appliances at the customer site, resulting in significant savings on power and space requirements.

"Businesses today must deploy increasingly complex, multi-service IP infrastructure on a limited budget with a finite number of support personnel," said Harley Stowell, CEO of LineSider Technologies. "OverDrive technology on 3Com's OSN gives enterprises and MSPs the ability to easily manage their network services with fewer support personnel and can reduce operational costs by up to 80 percent in some cases."

GMH Communities Trust is one such company benefiting from the OverDrive solution's management capabilities. GMH is one of the leading providers of housing, lifestyle and community solutions for college students and members of the U.S. military and their families. GMH is implementing the OverDrive solution as a network access control (NAC) platform, which will leverage the integration of the OverDrive suite with Microsoft's active directory (AD) and give administrators the ability to control users' access to defined network resources through AD and OverDrive policies.

"As a satisfied customer of both LineSider's OverDrive solution and 3Com's network infrastructure technologies, we are pleased that the two companies have integrated the policy-based control and management capabilities of the OverDrive solution directly into the 3Com infrastructure devices," said Tom Christopoulos, a systems architect for GMH. "This collaborative effort will make it easier for us to manage our network by automating the deployment and management of IP services through OverDrive business-level policies requiring fewer IT staff to manage the network. Additionally, the multi-service capabilities of the 3Com platform allow us to use fewer, more powerful devices across the network, which significantly reduces energy consumption and costs."

Two versions of LineSider's OverDrive software will be available for 3Com OSN:

-- OverDrive for the Enterprise(TM) software is a fully automated solution that enables enterprises to define, control and manage network services, configurations and devices across any size deployed network to ensure that the network and infrastructure services are always aligned with business objectives.

-- OverDrive for the Service Provider(TM) software is a fully automated, multi-tenanted solution that enables MSPs to deliver, manage and control IP services to multiple enterprise customers through a single policy-based administrative console. With the Overdrive solution on 3Com OSN, MSPs can define and deliver feature-rich services that help attract new customers, minimize customer churn and build new service revenue while increasing operational efficiencies and reduce costs to drive higher operating margins.

3Com's MSR Series Multi-Service Router platform with OSN is designed for deployment at enterprise branch and regional offices and by managed service providers seeking to enhance business continuity, security, and operational efficiency. With 3Com OSN, enterprises and services providers can easily deploy of a variety of applications designed to enhance communications, security and network performance while eliminating the need to deploy specialized, single-task appliances that complicate network management, take up valuable facility space and consume excessive power.

Pricing and Availability

For more information and to purchase LineSider's OverDrive solution for 3Com OSN, please contact your local 3Com or LineSider representative.

About 3Com Open Network Program

The 3Com Open Network (3Com/ON) Program is a global technology partner program designed to build and support a wide array of third-party relationships with best-of-breed independent software and hardware vendors, systems integrators, service providers, consultants and the open source community. A collaborative, open approach--supported by a wealth of Program resources and support activities--creates value-added, interoperable solutions and services that help manage, control and enhance Secure Converged Networks. Visit http://www.open.3com.com to learn more.

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world-class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. 3Com also includes H3C Technologies Co., Limited (H3C), a China-based provider of network infrastructure products. H3C brings high-performance and cost-effective product development and a strong footprint in one of the world's most dynamic markets. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is a leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection. For further information, please visit http://www.3com.com, or the media site http://www.3com.com/pressbox.

About LineSider Technologies

LineSider Technologies is the industry leading provider of "policy-driven" infrastructure control and management software. LineSider's patented OverDrive technology suite enables an enterprise or service provider to control and manage deployed infrastructure services and devices in a fully automated fashion through top-down "business-level" policies that significantly reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies for both the enterprise IT organization and the service provider. For more information on LineSider, please visit http://www.linesider.net.

Copyright (C) 2008 3Com Corporation. 3Com, the 3Com logo, and TippingPoint are registered trademarks and H3C, 3Com Open Network, and 3Com/ON are trademarks of 3Com Corporation or its wholly owned subsidiaries. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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