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Zaffire and Quallaby Pioneer Revenue-Generating Service Level Agreements for Optical Networks

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Zaffire and Quallaby Pioneer Revenue-Generating Service Level Agreements for Optical Networks; Digital Wrapper Technology Enables New Collaborative Optical SLA Offering

5th February 2001
For immediate distribution Quallaby # 0014

Quallaby, a leading global provider of telecommunications software for next generation networks, today announced that in concert with Zaffire™ Inc, a leading provider of optical networking systems for metropolitan and regional area networks
will demonstrate a joint solution that represents the telecommunications industry's first implementation of advanced Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for optical networks at SuperNet in Santa Clara, California, January 15 and 16.

This collaborative solution, which leverages digital wrapper technology and taps into the unique software capabilities embedded in the Zaffire ZOS(TM) operating system, will enable carriers to offer advanced optical SLAs. The advent of optical SLAs is significant because it will provide service providers the necessary tools to achieve profitability in the competitive telecommunications marketplace. With carriers needing to differentiate their optical service offerings amidst an increasingly competitive marketplace, SLAs will enable them to uniquely position their services and offset price competition.

"Zaffire has demonstrated a very promising optical service level agreement solution," said Leif Hoglund, RHK's director Telecom OS. "Being the first to market digital wrapper, the company has a definitive lead on its competitors. Zaffire and its partner Quallaby are solving some of the performance monitoring problems around services like gigabit ethernet, which require optical transport to the customer. Using digital wrapper technology, they have integrated performance monitoring with SLA reporting capabilities, which fills a large need in optical metro product offerings of this type, and makes it much easier for service providers to offer measurable SLA agreements."

Zaffire's ZOS operating system, in conjunction with its breakthrough digital wrapper technology, intelligently monitors and manages multiple wavelengths in the optical transport network with single-wavelength granularity. Digital wrapper technology and the ZOS operating system, which together provide the robust, carrier-class features necessary for management and intelligence in the optical domain, forms the core technology that will work in concert with Quallaby's expertise in SLA requirements for multi-vendor, end-to-end network monitoring, enabling a complete optical SLA offering.

"Zaffire has made a quantum leap forward in creating optical SLAs through our collaboration with Quallaby," stated Jim Fultz, CEO of Zaffire. "We have successfully demonstrated this solution to premiere carriers already. Zaffire has proven its strengths in network management with the Z-Manager solution. The next level in optical networking is clearly service management. With digital wrapper, carriers can monitor optical signals to reliably transport services such as GbE, ESCON and fiber channel information crucial to creating optical SLAs."

Offering SLA capabilities at the dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) wavelength level removes the need for expensive SONET-based protocols and equipment, allowing IP directly over DWDM, instead of IP over SONET over DWDM. Service-level management has become increasingly widespread within the higher layers of data networks as a means of guaranteeing minimum levels of service for carrier customers. For instance, SLAs are commonly used to verify that the correct levels of service are being provided to ATM or Frame Relay customers.

"Next-generation service providers need new tools for new transport technologies such as DWDM," said Gregory N. Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of Quallaby. "The old means of cobbling together SLAs are expensive and unreliable. By aggregating and analysing information from Zaffire's digital wrapper, PROVISO gives service providers sustainable competitive advantage by cost-effectively managing QoS-based services in a hyper-competitive market."

The joint Zaffire Quallaby demonstration involves use of digital wrapper to pass on important information to support SLAs through PROVISO from Quallaby software. A browser-based interface enables both the optical service provider, and its customer, to measure the service levels of optical signals.

About Zaffire
Zaffire, Inc. is a high-technology company focused on developing a next-generation, optical services networking system for service providers worldwide. Zaffire's breakthrough optical technologies have been well received by new-generation carriers, CLECs, RBOCs, and IXCs. Designed specifically for deployment in metro and regional-area networks, the Zaffire Advanced Optical Services Network Architecture gives service providers a new level of transport control over existing and emerging data, circuit, and lambda services. The solution also significantly reduces the total cost of ownership and provides service providers with a high level of flexibility to price and deliver differentiated service offerings. For more information, see www.zaffire.com.

About Quallaby
Quallaby Corporation is a leading provider of highly scalable network management solutions worldwide. PROVISO V2 from Quallaby is the first carrier-class network monitoring and service assurance solution to enable network service providers to build the network performance data marts they need to integrate their data with the OSS. Quallaby customers include France Telecom, UUNet and Telefonica. Quallaby is a member of the Micromuse Developers Alliance. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, Quallaby has offices in France, United Kingdom, Germany, California, Texas and Virginia. Quallaby is a privately held company.

For more information, visit Quallaby's web site at www.quallaby.com

Quallaby, the Quallaby logo, PROVISO, the PROVISO logo, PROVISO Manager, PROVISO Report, and PROVISO Library, are trademarks of Quallaby Corporation. Worldwide registration of trademarks is in progress.

This news release (and illustrations/photographs if supplied) is issued in accordance with Clause 1.2j of the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion and therefore cannot be subject to a transaction of any kind.

For further information, please contact:

PR Agency Contact:
Maria Hudson
Sam Hall
Insight Marketing Concepts
Tel: +44-1344-871900
Fax: +44-1344-871999
Email: mariah@insightgroup.co.uk
samh@insightgroup.co.uk

Client Contact:
Mark Stancombe
Quallaby
Tel: +44-1256 698 035
Fax: +44-1252 761 329
Email mstancombe@quallaby.com
Web site: http://www.quallaby.com

PR Agency Contact
Will Hill
Fleishman Hillard for Zaffire.com
Tel: +44-207 306 9000
Email: hillw@fleishman.com

Client Contact
Jim Brady
Zaffire
Tel: +1 408/894-7410,
Email: jbrady@zaffire.com
Web site: http:www.zaffire.com

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