NextHop Kicks Off Partner Program with Root Group, Icon Labs

6/19/2003 - NextHop Technologies® Inc., the definitive source for network routing software solutions, announced the launch of a new partner program specifically designed to help enterprises deliver network reliability through use of the industry’s most tested and reliable network routing software. The NextHop GateD® Partner Program (NGPP) will handle distribution and first level support for GateD Enterprise 2.0 software packages, helping enterprise IT (information technology) managers to save server real estate space, reduce management overhead and cost, and improve security.

“In establishing an industry channel program, we looked for strong business partners with the routing knowledge and the team to provide installation and support services for customers,” says Ed Cluss, president and chief executive officer, NextHop Technologies. “We are pleased to kick off the NGPP by working with two leading distributors, The Root Group and Icon Labs. Their ability to identify the needs of IT managers in vertical enterprises requiring secure networking environments such as carriers, and financial services and then match those needs with the appropriate GateD Enterprise 2.0 network routing software package will be invaluable to users. We look forward to also extending this program internationally.”

Aimed at enterprises using Sun Solaris 8 and 9, Linux 2.4 and Check Point's marketleading VPN-1®/FireWall-1® Next GenerationTM software solution, the VAR’s (value added resellers) can provide customers with a fully tested and interoperable routing and security server platform. The first two NGPP distribution channel partners are Icon Labs ( and The Root Group (

“Now our customers can get the latest and greatest version of GateD sized to meet their IT needs. As a leading CheckPoint and Sun reseller in the Rocky Mountain area, we see GateD Enterprise 2.0 as a perfect fit for customers and a great business partner,” says Bill Calderwood, president, The Root Group.

NGPPs will sell GateD Enterprise 2.0 to users in four shrink-wrapped versions with enterprise end-user documentation. Each version of the industry leading routing software supports Linux 2.4 (Red Hat 8.0) and Solaris 8 or 9 operating systems. All versions will include a basic support package, easy installment via a Solaris Package Manager or a Linux Release Package Manager (RPM); OPSECTM (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.; and two management interfaces: a CLI (command line interface) or an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) Routing API (application-programming interface) that enables vendors to quickly and easily build customized command line or web interfaces providing users with a readily accessible script interface.

“We have long known GateD as the premier software for routing. With our emphasis on complete networking and device management solutions for embedded systems, we see this partnership as a great way to continue to provide the tools that allow network managers and developers to quickly respond to system demands,” says Alan Grau, president, Icon Laboratories, Inc.

Available in mid-August 2003, pricing for the GateD Enterprise 2.0 routing software packages will be through the channel with suggested retail prices in the $600 to $4000 range depending on the protocols/package selected.

About Icon Laboratories, Inc.
Icon Labs provides a full set of network management tools and beginning-to-end development services to the growing embedded systems industry targeting information automation, telecom, datacom and consumer electronics. Icon Labs helps developers Move Faster. Founded in 1992, Icon Labs is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit, send e-mail to, or call 1.888.235.3443 (U.S.and Canada) or 515.226.3443 (International).

About The Root Group
The Root Group provides engineered IT infrastructure solutions that combine best of class products with top level engineering talent. Our clients receive design, implementation and maintenance services that give them the ability to leverage their IT resources into a strategic business advantage. With network, systems, storage and security architectures designed to meet specific business needs, the Root Group provides optimized solutions to enterprises that view IT as a critical tool in building business success.

About NextHop Technologies
NextHopTM Technologies® Inc. is the definitive source for network routing software solutions. NextHop's flagship product, GateD®, the de facto standard, is the most widely used vendor-neutral routing software in the world. NextHop partners with its customers and the industry to empower innovation in networking with safe and reliable products that reduce time to market while minimizing development, testing and support costs. Founded in 2000 and funded by New Enterprise Associates, Labrador Ventures, and Parker Price Venture Capital, NextHop is based in Mountain View, Calif. Visit NextHop on the Web at

NextHop Technologies and GateD are registered marks and NextHop is a trademark of NextHop Technologies Inc.

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