April 28, 2005

Perle Systems Adds to its Line of Powerful Serial-to-Ethernet Terminal Servers

New Two-Port Serial Terminal Server provides security and investment protection for evolving networks

NASHVILLE, TN—April 28, 2005—Perle Systems today announced the expansion of its IOLAN SDS terminal server family with the release of a next-generation two port model - the IOLAN SDS2. Featuring the most extensive range of encryption and authentication technologies available today, and the power of a high-performance 87 MIP processor, this server is ideal for secure console management, confidential serial data encryption, and/or simple serial to Ethernet applications. Along with its recently announced one port models, Perle is the first vendor to incorporate IP Version 6 support into serial terminal servers.

The robust security, flexibility and advanced IP technology of the IOLAN SDS2 help organizations increase the value of their serial-based equipment. This is achieved by allowing secure information delivery across an existing Ethernet network without the need for costly and complex infrastructure changes.

According to Al Davies, Director of Product Marketing at Perle Systems, "The IOLAN SDS line enables virtually any high-value serial device to be cost-effectively managed and monitored across existing Ethernet networks. With built-in support for IPV6, along with the most comprehensive range of standard authentication methods and encryption technologies available - including AES - these new terminal servers provide the best investment for serial to Ethernet connectivity. This represents an important advance in helping users better manage today's evolving enterprise networks."

Efficient Serial-to-Ethernet Connectivity
The IOLAN SDS2 is an easy-to-install device for connecting serial-based COM port, UDP or TCP socket-based applications to remote devices. Perle's TruePort virtual COM driver operates with a wide range of server operating systems, enabling communication with a diverse range of remote devices connected to Perle device servers. Easy to set up and manage, the IOLAN SDS' software-selectable EIA-232/422/485 interface capability simplifies configuration and eliminates mechanical tampering associated with DIP switch based products

Secure Data and Console Management
IOLAN SDS2's advanced encryption technology protects sensitive and confidential data from a serial device - such as a credit card reader - before being sent across a corporate Intranet or public Internet. Administrators can also securely access remote serial console ports on equipment such as PBX, servers, routers, network storage equipment and security appliances through an IP network. Standard encryption tools such as Secure Shell (SSH) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provide added protection. Authentication schemes such as RADIUS, TACACS+, Kerberos, LDAP and RSA Security's SecurID ensure easy and secure access for users.

About Perle Systems
Perle Systems is a leading developer, manufacturer and vendor of high-reliability and richly featured networking products. These products are used to connect remote users reliably and securely to central servers for a wide variety of business applications. Product lines include terminal servers, device servers, console servers, serial cards, USB to serial adapters and remote access products. Perle distinguishes itself through extensive networking technology, depth of experience in major real-world network environments and long-term distribution and VAR channel relationships in major world markets. Perle has offices and representative offices in 13 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and sells its products through distribution and OEM/ODE channels worldwide.

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