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Enterasys Selected As Network Provider for World Water Forum, Istanbul 2009


Enterasys Wired and Wireless Switches to Connect 23,000 Attendees at Global Environmental Event

Andover, MA -- Enterasys Networks Inc., the Secure Networks Company™, announced today that it has been selected as the official network provider for Istanbul’s Sütlüce Cultural & Congress Center, and will serve the 5th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water-related event. The Enterasys Secure Networks solution, selected for its standards-based, open-architecture interoperability, built-in security, and proven energy efficiency, will provide reliable, high-performance wired and wireless connectivity for more than 23,000 people from 100 countries, enabling real-time collaboration between presenters, exhibitors and attendees. The 5th World Water Forum will be held 16-22 March 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Held every three years by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum brings together top environmental experts with political, academic and business leaders to discuss the protection, management and finance of water resources. In keeping with the environmental conservation theme of the event, its network provider was required to meet green IT standards in addition to secure, mobile connectivity as required by the prestigious architecture firm Yeni Yapi A.S. and the system designers Fotech Ltd. Sti. who are undertaking the completion of the center in Istanbul.

Enterasys switches were named to CRN’s “Top 10 Green Switches” list for 2008, which required greater than 90% efficiency from device power supplies and reduced electricity required for cooling the data center and overall network operation. The company also designs for the environment through compliance with environmental regulations such as the European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives as well as China’s recent RoHS regulations.

The Enterasys Secure Network will be installed in a 785,000 square-foot conference and performing arts center that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is currently developing through converting an existing historic facility. The new network will include Enterasys Matrix® N-Series switches, SecureStack™ C-Series edge switches and RoamAbout® Wireless LAN access points. The entire infrastructure will be managed with granular visibility and control thanks to Enterasys’ NetSight® Management Suite.

In addition to the World Water Forum, Enterasys has been selected as the network provider for other high-profile events, including Interop 2009 in Las Vegas.

“Enterasys is pleased to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility by participating as the network provider for the World Water Forum,” said Chris Crowell, EVP and General Manager at Enterasys. “Supplying secure and open connectivity with our certified, energy-efficient suite of solutions is a critical priority that we are proud to bring to this global event.”

About the World Water Forum
The World Water Forum is the biggest meeting on water issues where the world comes together to share concrete solutions for water problems. It is organized every three years by the World Water Council and the government of the host country, and is the result of more than two years of preparation involving people from all regions, sectors and backgrounds. After previous Forums held in Morocco (1997), the Netherlands (2000), Japan (2003) and Mexico (2006), the 5th World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2009. For more information on the World Water Forum and the World Water Council, please visit

About the 5th World Water Forum
The overall theme for the 5th World Water Forum, “Bridging Divides for Water,” describes the aim to bring together contrasting viewpoints, supply and demand, rich and poor and developed and developing worlds. For more information on the 5th World Water Forum, please visit

About Sütlüce Cultural & Congress Center
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is converting the historic slaughterhouse on the Golden Horn (Haliç) into a conference and performing arts center. Covering an area of 73,000 sq m, the center, once completed, will serve Istanbulites with concert and congress halls, exhibition spaces, movie and drama theaters, magazines and car parks.

About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys is part of Siemens Enterprise Communications Group, a joint venture between the private equity firm The Gores Group and Siemens AG. Enterasys delivers Secure Networks™ that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT services and the business users that rely on them – without sacrificing performance. Thousands of enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions in more than 70 countries worldwide rely on our convergence, compliance and connectivity solutions to deliver business-oriented, identity-based visibility and control of individual user and application priority and security. The company’s culture is centered on the principle, “There is nothing more important than our customers.” Enterasys’ standards-based, open-architecture approach to network security offers a long technology lifecycle and significant operational and business benefits, while reducing total cost of ownership. Information about Enterasys’ award winning, policy-enabled switches, routers, wireless products, security software and services is available at

About Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN Group)
The SEN Group is a premier provider of enterprise communications solutions. More than 14,000 employees in 80 countries carry on the tradition of voice and data excellence started more than 160 years ago with Werner von Siemens and the invention of the pointer telegraph. Today the company leads the market with its “Open Communications” approach that enables teams working within any IT infrastructure to improve productivity through a unified collaboration experience. SEN Group is a joint venture between the private equity firm, The Gores Group, and Siemens AG and incorporates Siemens Enterprise Communications, Enterasys Networks, SER Solutions, Cycos and iSEC. In fiscal 2008, The SEN Group generated revenues of approximately 3.21 billion Euros.

Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG is a Trademark Licensee of Siemens AG.


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