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Microsoft, Packeteer Intro iShaper

REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Packeteer (NASDAQ: PKTR) today announced a joint product strategy to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive, Microsoft® Windows®-based branch office IT solution: the Packeteer iShaper.™ Building on an existing partnership, the two companies are collaborating on the engineering and marketing of this new “Branch Office Box” to make computing faster, more secure and more cost-effectively managed for employees in branch office locations. The initial release of iShaper will be available later this quarter, with subsequent versions available in the fourth quarter of this year. [Editors note: see today’s announcement detailing Packeteer’s iShaper product.]

The two companies are combining Packeteer’s Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization and its application visibility and prioritization technologies with Microsoft technologies, including Windows Server®, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server and System Management Server (SMS). As a result, customers will be able to intelligently accelerate the delivery and use of applications over the WAN and take advantage of the full range and ease-of-use of Windows services for file, print, Active Directory®, networking, and more.

Combining WAN optimization, prioritization and visualization technologies in one box with the rich set of native Windows services is a significant milestone in Microsoft’s strategy to deliver branch IT solutions that unify security and management technologies.

"The remote branch office is becoming one of the top network IT initiatives of the decade," said Lucinda Borovick, program director, datacenter networks, IDC. "IT organizations want to deliver leading edge server and storage resources to the distributed enterprise while keeping operational and management costs in line. Unified branch office appliances that include application visibility, security and accelerated delivery of applications will play a major role in meeting the needs of the remote branch.”

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