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Intellipath Acquires Switch Family

LUMBERTON, N.J. -- IntelliPath Corporation, a provider of leading automated connectivity solutions, today announced that it is purchasing a family of enterprise-class physical layer network connectivity switches from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. These products, now under the IntelliPath family name of Universal Connectivity System™ (UCS), help customers simplify their physical layer network infrastructure by automating end-to-end network path management of fiber and copper environments. The UCS family is the most scalable and versatile automated connectivity technology on the market today with support for over 4,000 ports and LAN, SAN, MAN and WAN interfaces.

The UCS product line has an installed base of over 1,000,000 connectivity ports and an impressive user base of both Fortune 100 and federal government agencies. The user base includes over one-third of all Fortune 100 companies as well as important federal government agencies, with numerous installations around the world.

"At the core of IT is the physical layer network infrastructure - which can become operationally complex and expensive to manage across large environments," said Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst at Taneja Group. "The increasing adoption of blade servers, network-attached storage, and the evolution towards all-IP infrastructures are trends that further complicate physical infrastructure management. IntelliPath's connectivity system brings automation and simplicity to the underlying infrastructure, resulting in real bottom-line value for customers."

Customer benefits of the UCS product line include better cost-efficiencies as well as improved manageability, availability, and performance of the physical layer network infrastructure. "This technology enables us to remotely test, monitor and troubleshoot the network paths at all Okinawa sites from the Fort Buckner Technical Control Facility," said Michael Bennett, Lead Project Manager at the 58th Signal Battalion at the U.S Army's Fort Buckner. "This saves valuable travel time during testing and results in improved services for the more than 35,000 army personnel and customers that the 333d Signal Company services."

IntelliPath additionally announced Series A funding of $6.5 million co-financed by two prestigious venture capital firms - New York, N.Y.-based L Capital Partners and Blueprint Ventures, based in the San Francisco Bay area. The investment will be used for product development to extend the technology leadership of the UCS product line, as well as for strategic go-to-market initiatives to capitalize on the strong market opportunity for automated connectivity solutions. The company will sell directly to end customers as well as through established value-added resellers that specialized in enterprise connectivity.

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