CloudShield Selects IPnexus SBC for Network Control System

4/20/2004 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) announced CloudShield Technologies, a provider of platforms for Open Network ServicesTM, has selected Performance Technologies' IPnexusTM ZT 5524e Intel® Pentium® III Single Board Computer (SBC) to serve as the management module for its optical-speed Network Control System.

CloudShield's capabilities to inspect and transform every bit of every packet at OC-48 line rates provide carriers, service providers, large enterprises and government organizations a centralized, comprehensive approach to controlling and protecting network-based assets. Complementing a customer's existing single-function security and network appliance infrastructure, CloudShield's customizable packet handling environment allows network administrators to immediately react to new security threats and network use challenges.

"A key component of CloudShield's Network Control System, the CA-5000 packet processor is the first device that is purpose-built to achieve 100 percent packet inspection at every network layer. The system also required an internal, standards-based applications platform to support partner and management control applications," said Peder Jungck, founder and CTO of CloudShield Technologies. "The Performance Technologies IPnexus Single Board Computer offered the highest availability and fastest processing power of all the SBCs we considered, and Performance Technologies was immensely helpful in fitting it to our unique requirements."

Performance Technologies' IPnexus ZT 5524e SBC is a high performance, Pentium III processor single board computer based on the PICMG® 2.16 specification. It includes a generous set of onboard embedded features and off-the-shelf architecture to address the fundamental integration and reliability requirements of OEMs.

"Our award-winning single board computers provide tremendous throughput capabilities and help speed application development for OEMs such as CloudShield," said Dave Parkinson, director of engineering for Performance Technologies' Computing Products Group. "We will continue to upgrade and enhance our SBC product line with the latest technological advancements to offer enabling products for packet-based systems."

About CloudShield
CloudShield Technologies is the developer of the world's first multi-gigabit packet processor, a new platform which significantly enhances control and protection of data networks for carriers, ISPs and large enterprises. Based on a patented and patent pending processing architecture and featuring a fourth generation packet-oriented programming language, CloudShield's packet processor allows customers to implement optical-speed packet processing applications that make their networks more impervious and profitable. Founded in October 2000, CloudShield is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies ( Nasdaq NM : PTIX) develops the platforms, components and software solutions for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes companies in the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, our complete line of packet-based products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California; Norwood, Massachusetts and Ottawa, Canada.

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