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WAM!NET Announces New Services for its Enterprise Network Services

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SAN FRANCISCO (Seybold Booth # 807) – September 9, 2002 – WAM!NET Inc., a global provider of shared services for content management and distribution, announces the expansion of its Enterprise Network Services to include Private IP Tunnel and Port Forwarding services today at Seybold San Francisco 2002 (Moscone Center, September 9 - 12). WAM!NET's suite of Enterprise Network Services now includes Private IP Tunnels, Port Forwarding and Internet Access. The Private IP Tunnel is a converged service that allows users of the WAM!NET Direct! service to take advantage of interactive bi-directional communications for all IP traffic over a private tunnel between their WAM!NET Purple Box devices. Geographically-dispersed systems or applications can interact with each other through the Private IP Tunnel running over their secure, dedicated WAM!NET network connection. Dynamic bandwidth allocation can be applied to converged services, to ensure performance during busy periods. Port Forwarding allows both Direct! and Direct! IP users to send unidirectional traffic from one Purple Box device to another, and supports a number of commonly used protocols such as HTTP and AFP. Because it supports Direct! IP, Port Forwarding makes it easy to provide secure communications with internal systems for external partners at a low monthly fee. WAM!NET's Internet Access, released last year, allows WAM!NET Direct! Service users to utilize the circuit connecting them to the WAM!NET network for Internet connectivity. Customers receive basic Internet services, such as Web browsing, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), E-Mail, USENET and others. "Through our Enterprise Network Services, our customers can off-load bandwidth-intensive traffic from their network to ours," Cindy Bergevin, executive director of marketing, WAM!NET, comments. "Converged services like WAM!NET Direct! with a Private IP Tunnel, Port Forwarding or Internet Access provide our customers significant cost savings through shared bandwidth over a single circuit from one provider. And because they utilize the connections to our private network, users enjoy the same security and support they've come to expect from our managed data distribution services." Among the WAM!NET customers already using the services is Rainier Color, a Seattle-based provider of printing and color separation services for ad agencies and corporate clients such as Microsoft and Boeing. Rainier, a long-time WAM!NET Direct! service user, recently opened a sales office in San Francisco, and needed connectivity between offices. The company uses the Private IP Tunnel service to drive a Kodak Approval proofing device located in the San Francisco office remotely from Seattle, as if it were a networked printer. "We started by looking at telecommunications providers, but realized we could get a turnkey service with more reliable, secure connectivity and better service guarantees at a lower cost with WAM!NET," said John Castaldi, CEO, Rainier Color. "We save as many as 36 hours of turnaround time for a complete job with three rounds of proofs, allowing our sales team in San Francisco to respond to customers as if they had their own in-house production facility," added Castaldi. About WAM!NET, Inc. WAM!NET is a global provider shared services for content management and distribution. The company's data distribution, remote storage, enterprise network and professional services enable its customers to access the combination of IT services they need on an outsourced, subscription basis. In doing so, customers are connected with their partners and clients within WAM!NET's secure, online digital environment, enabling them to share, collaborate, store and manage content. With WAM!NET services, customers gain considerable productivity, time-to-market, and cost-saving benefits. They eliminate time-intensive and costly analog steps in their workflows and are not burdened by the significant capital investments and systems management.