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Juniper Networks Deploys M40 Internet Backbone Routers Across Verio's National Network

Juniper and Verio Team to Deliver Next-generation Services

Mountain View, CA - April 26, 1999 - Juniper Networks, Inc., a market leader in emerging IP infrastructure solutions, today announced that Verio is deploying Juniper M40 Internet backbone routers in Point of Presence (POP) locations throughout Verio's U.S. National Network. The M40 routers, powered by JUNOS, the first Internet-optimized routing operating system, will provide Verio with the benefits of high performance, operational reliability and density of interfaces critical to handling the growth of their customer's traffic. Today's announcement marks the successful deployment of Juniper Networks M40 to deliver next-generation services.

Juniper Networks has worked closely with Verio on technologies which support the delivery of next-generation services, such as Web-hosting, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and e-commerce. Networks have to ensure a more reliable base service and provide a platform for new services as the Internet evolves to become the common public infrastructure. Web hosting services take advantage of the leading performance and density of the Juniper M40 Gigabit Ethernet interface. As part of ongoing efforts to optimize customer responsiveness and network performance, Verio is also actively evaluating traffic-engineering tools based on Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) from Juniper Networks.

"Our business customers want high-speed network topologies that enable them to quickly navigate the Internet, enjoy rich Web content, and utilize new applications such as e-commerce," said Chris DeMarche, CTO of Verio. "New platforms must fit seamlessly and be compatible within our existing routed network environment, and provide the performance and flexibility to provide mission-critical service while we rapidly evolve our new service offerings. Juniper has proven its ability to do so."

"Juniper Networks has worked closely with Verio to develop new service functionality, such as multicast and Gigabit Ethernet for Web hosting and electronic commerce," said Pradeep Sindhu, CTO, Juniper Networks. "Their feedback has been invaluable in establishing our leading-edge functionality. This opportunity has ensured our JUNOS software and M40 system can meet the challenges of Verio's stringent business requirements, which demand the latest technologies from leading IP infrastructure equipment companies."

The M40 represents a new generation of routing device designed to handle the unique network control and reliability demands resulting from the explosive growth of the Internet. As the first platform to integrate switch-level performance with software-enabled routing and control, the M40 features a number of breakthroughs in ASICS-based packet processing, Internet routing and traffic engineering. The M40 also features the fastest packet look-up engine at 40 Mpps (million packets per second), which is supported by the JUNOS software, the industry's first Internet-optimized routing operating system.

"Juniper Networks has its sights on resolving important issues, such as the efficient handling of multicast traffic, raw performance, dense port aggregation, reliability and availability," said Christine Heckart, Telechoice telecommunications analyst. "This latest customer announcement serves to underscore that many leading-edge providers, not just a handful of very large ones, are facing major scalability problems today. Bandwidth alone is no longer the only requirement in scaling and designing networks; an underlying operating system designed for the unique needs of service provider networks is also critical."

Today's announcement of the M40 deployment by Verio is the latest in a series of customer and interoperability announcements from Juniper Networks since the M40 began shipping in September of last year. The product is being deployed in the world's largest and fastest-growing networks, including Cable & Wireless USA, Frontier Global Center, and MCI WorldCom's vBNS. Juniper and CIENA Corporation also recently announced successful interoperability testing between the M40 and CIENA's MultiWave Sentry DWDM optical networking system. British Telecom is current trialing the M40 system.

About Verio, Inc.

Verio, Inc. is the world's largest domain-based Web-hosting company and a leading provider of comprehensive business Internet services, with an emphasis on serving the small and mid-sized business market. Since its inception in 1996, Verio has rapidly established a global presence through the acquisition, integration and growth of independent Internet providers with a business customer focus. Verio supports its operations with a highly reliable and scalable national infrastructure and systems, including a facilities-based Tier One national network. Verio delivers locally-based sales and engineering support in 70 of the top 100 MSA U.S. markets under the Verio brand name and provides Web-hosting services to customers in more than 170 countries. For more information on Verio, visit the company's Web site at http://www.verio.com. The corporate headquarters are located in Englewood, Colorado at 8005 S. Chester St., Suite 200, 80112, phone number 303/645-1900.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks is the leading provider of the new generation of high-speed IP infrastructure platforms that meet the scalability, performance, density and compatibility requirements of rapidly evolving optically-enabled IP based networks. Using the breakthrough JUNOS software, ASICs, and wire-rate performance of the company's flagship M40 router, Juniper Networks enables new IP, content and broadband access service providers to maintain a competitive advantage by growing their businesses rapidly through new IP service delivery. The M40 is deployed in the world's largest and fastest Internet networks.

The M40 router is supported by Juniper Networks world-class service, support and manufacturing teams and Internet experts. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with international offices located in Leatherhead, UK. For more information on Juniper Networks, please contact the company at 408-745-0200 or visit their Web site at https://www.juniper.net.