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Westcon Group and Firetide Expand Agreement to Deliver Competitive Wireless Mesh Solutions for VARs

TARRYTOWN, NY, and LOS GATOS, CA, April 25, 2007 - Westcon Group, Inc., the world’s leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence, and Firetide, a leading provider of mesh networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data applications, announced that Firetide’s products are now available to Westcon Group’s North American reseller customers.

Firetide’s products provide Westcon Group’s network of resellers the ability to deliver highly secure wireless mesh solutions to enable high bandwidth support of demanding voice, video, mobility, and surveillance applications for outdoor, in-vehicle, and office deployments. This announcement follows the success Westcon Group has had with Firetide in Asia, through its  Comstor Singapore subsidiary.

Anthony Daley, executive vice president, the Americas, Westcon Group, commented: “We are pleased to bring Firetide into our North American portfolio since this will give us a proven and highly secure mobility infrastructure on which customers can deploy IP devices such as cameras, bar code scanners, IP phones, RFID devices and many other applications. When combined with our other solutions, Firetide’s products can be a powerful catalyst towards achieving converged mobility.”

“As convergence technology becomes ubiquitous, it only makes sense to build out VoIP Wi-Fi networks,” commented Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “For resellers, opportunities abound in areas like hospitality, transportation, education, warehousing healthcare and government. Entire cities are benefiting from our ability to deliver high performance, reliable broadband connectivity.”

Jorge Reyes, president and CEO of Stratus Technologies Group, Inc., a Miami, FL-based reseller and systems integrator, added: “Westcon’s relationship with Firetide is good news for resellers--the opportunities in wireless mesh technology are only increasing as our customers now require more high-bandwidth, secure wireless solutions than ever before. The strength of Firetide’s products, combined with the additional value Westcon Group brings with its solutions programs and logistics expertise, will help us capitalize on these opportunities.”


About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the world’s leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One divisions, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit http://www.westcongroup.com/.


About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of mesh networks that enable concurrent video, voice, and data for municipal, public safety, and enterprise applications. Firetide HotPort mesh nodes and HotPoint access points provide a reliable high performance wireless infrastructure and access solution for video surveillance, Internet access, public safety networks, and temporary networks wherever rapid deployment, mobility, and ease of installation are required. The company's patented AutoMesh flow-based routing protocol optimizes network performance and capacity for high bandwidth and latency sensitive applications. Headquartered in Los Gatos, California, Firetide is a privately held company with worldwide product distribution. For more information, visit http://www.firetide.com/.


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Contacts:         
Jeffrey Touzeau
Westcon Group, Inc.
+1-914-829-7388                                                           
jtouzeau@westcongroup.com Ksenia Coffman
Firetide, Inc.
kcoffman@firetide.com
+1 408-317-8985

Dominic Ybarra
Edelman for Firetide
dominic.ybarra@edelman.com
+1 650-762-2960

Contact

Jeff Touzeau

Director, Corp Comm

914 829 7388

jtouzeau@westcon.com