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AVANU and CAI Networks Incorporate Load Balancing Into Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition Deployments

WebMux Load Balancer Assures Maximum Availablitiy

San Jose, CA, November 16, 2004AVANU® and CAI Networks™ announced today the availability of WebMux™ version 5.8.08 or higher load balancer for Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition®. WebMux, a low cost, high performance and easy-to-deploy load balancer helps deliver added security, availability and scalability to the improved architecture of Live Communications Server 2005, a next-generation enterprise instant messaging and presence-awareness server. Microsoft validated WebMux in interoperability tests using the Live Communications Server 2005 environment.

"Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition's tiered architecture benefits customers by substantially improving reliability, availability and scalability," said Marc Sanders, Senior Product Manager, Real-Time Collaboration at Microsoft. "The WebMux load balancer helps with data center deployment requirements that are critical to our enterprise customers by providing a low cost, high performance load balancing solution."

"We are delighted that the low-cost, high value WebMux version 5.8.08 load balancer has been tested by Microsoft to meet the requirements of enterprise customers," said Pamela Sun, President of AVANU. "We have WebMux load balancers installed worldwide in all types of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, federal and local government agencies, educational institutions and Internet hosting companies, all of whom depend on the high availability of their servers."

The WebMux version 5.8.08 and higher load balancer provides trustworthy traffic management and scalability with ease of deployment. These key factors were validated in interoperability tests performed by Microsoft® and CAI Networks in the Live Communications Server 2005 environment. The Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition network topology incorporates a pool of servers to service client sessions. With a WebMux load balancer, incoming client traffic is managed and directed to servers within this pool so that no single server becomes overloaded.

Made in USA by CAI Networks, WebMux is a stand-alone, self-contained and ready-to-install network appliance that provides high performance management of IP traffic on Ethernet/Fast Ethernet 10/100. WebMux Pro load balancer is available for GB Ethernet (1000Base-TX). The approach used to achieve load balancing impacts the reliability and high availability of a service. WebMux uses a dedicated hardware platform with an optimized load balancing algorithm. This approach uses minimal overhead and requires no software interaction or other resource contention. CAI Networks chose a solid-state design approach for WebMux to eliminate hard drive failure concerns and to enhance reliability and high availability of service.

Pricing and Availability

WebMux version 5.8.08 or higher for Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition is available today from AVANU and all resellers. The WebMux load balancer delivers unmatched reliability with the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. The $3999 list price includes a full three-year warranty with three years of free technical support.


AVANU®, based in San Jose, California, is an Authorized Distributor for CAI Networks. AVANU is a value added distributor specializing in Internet and networking products. Established in 1997 to support Internet Service Providers (ISPs), AVANU's reputation for high-quality, professional and personalized service has accelerated its growth and customer base to include worldwide ISPs, web hosting companies, co-location companies, system integrators, small to Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and local and federal government agencies.

About CAI Networks, Inc.

Founded in 1987, CAI Networks specializes in Internet appliances and Internet server reliability solutions and is a leading provider of IP load balancers. CAI has its engineering and sales offices in Southern California. WebMuxes are installed worldwide by businesses, government agencies, and ISPs to maintain the reliability and availability of web sites, portals, and web-based applications.


Microsoft® and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp.® in the United States and/or other countries.
AVANU is a registered trademark of AVANU.
CAI and WebMux are trademarks of CAI Networks, Inc.

For more information, please contact:

Pamela Sun
1.888.248.4900 US/Canada Toll Free
1.408.248.8960 Phone

CAI Networks, Inc.
David Merit
714-550-0901 X 7156

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