11/18/03

Odimo Optimizes High-Speed Network at the Core With Network Associates Sniffer Technology

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

Leading Online Retailer of Luxury Goods Selects Sniffer Technologies s6040 for Real-Time Analysis and Troubleshooting of Network Anomalies

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17 -- Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE:NET) , the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that Odimo Incorporated, the parent company of Diamond.com and Ashford.com, two of the nation`s largest online retailers of diamonds, jewelry, watches and other luxury goods, has deployed the Sniffer(R) Technologies s6040 solution to ensure peak network performance and optimization at the core of the company`s network. The Sniffer Technologies s6040 blade-based architecture is designed to provide acute visibility and rapid troubleshooting for today`s high-speed, complex network architectures. This deployment reflects revenue that was recognized by Network Associates(R) in the third quarter of 2003.

"Network Associates Sniffer Technologies provides us with unmatched security management and performance capabilities to ensure that we experience fault-free network operations. The unparalleled troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities of the s6040 are the best that I`ve seen and we continue to be impressed with the superiority of this solution," said George Grous, chief technology officer at Odimo. "The deployment of the s6040 solution was by far one of the easiest technology implementations my team has done on our network and this solution is undeniably an asset to our company for troubleshooting any unforeseen network problems."

During the installation of Sniffer Technologies s6040 solution, Odimo network administrators were able to immediately reap the benefits of the technology`s real-time Expert analysis capabilities by identifying and isolating an ongoing latency performance issue on one of their workstations. This enabled the company to instantly correct the issue and fortify their security measures. As a rapidly expanding online business, Odimo recognizes that seamless and uninterrupted network operations are essential to the vitality of their business, and the ability to identify and troubleshoot latency issues is critical to that success. In addition to resolving latency issues, the s6040 solution enables Odimo network technicians to monitor and detect foreign applications as well as, filter and examine data packets on their network.

"Sniffer Technologies is resolute in its mission to ensure that customers worldwide have superior technology solutions to ensure optimal business uptime and availability," said Christopher Thompson, vice president of product marketing for the Sniffer Technologies division at Network Associates. "Today`s announcement underscores Network Associates ongoing commitment to optimize and protect the networks of customers across all industries, allowing them to thrive within their own competitive landscape."

Odimo Incorporated, a privately held company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., owns and operates a family of online retail stores dedicated to bringing the widest selection of brand name watches, fine jewelry, personal luxury accessories and the highest quality diamonds direct from the source to the consumer at unbelievable prices. Ashford.com, Diamond.com, and WorldofWatches.com are among several website storefronts designed to meet the differing needs of today`s online consumers while utilizing a centralized infrastructure to provide exceptional value, superior customer service and the widest product selection available online. We invite you to shop our online stores at www.Ashford.com, www.Diamond.com, www.WorldofWatches.com or any of our other online stores. You can also shop by phone at 1-866-Ashford or 1-888-DIAMOND.

Sniffer Technologies products are a part of the McAfee(R) Network Protection Solutions family of products, and deliver network, security and application management solutions designed to ensure optimal business uptime and availability. Supporting the widest range of network topologies in the industry, Sniffer Technologies solutions enable enterprises, small to medium businesses and service providers worldwide to effectively keep their networks and applications up and running at peak performance, 24x7. As one of the most trusted providers of monitoring, troubleshooting and network visualization solutions, Sniffer Technologies solutions are designed to meet the demanding availability and security requirements of organizations` Web sites; Internet applications; converged voice, video, and data networks; wireless local area networks (LANs); and high speed switched and optical networks. For more information on Sniffer Technologies and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, please visit http://www.sniffer.com/ .

About Network Associates
With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. Offering two families of products, McAfee System Protection Solutions, securing desktops and servers, and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, ensuring the protection and performance of the corporate network, Network Associates offers computer security to large enterprises, governments, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. These two product portfolios incorporate Network Associates leading McAfee Security, Sniffer Technologies and Magic Solutions(R) product lines. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at 972-963-8000 or on the Internet at http://www.networkassociates.com/ /.

NOTE: Network Associates, McAfee, Sniffer, and Magic Solutions are registered trademarks or trademarks of Network Associates, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Sniffer(R) brand products are made only by Network Associates, Inc. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.

CONTACT:
Megan Aspinall
Network Associates, Inc.
+1-408-346-3696
megan_aspinall@nai.com

Julie Han
Porter Novelli
+1-415-975-3318
julie.han@porternovelli.com

Topics:

business, Computing, Information technology, McAfee, NetScout Systems, Inc.

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