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U.S. Army Qualifies Xylan Switches For Use In Networks Worldwide


Calabasas, Calif. – November 10, 1998 - Xylan Corporation (NASDAQ: XYLN) today announced that the U.S. Army has qualified Xylan LAN and ATM networking equipment for use in Army facilities worldwide. Xylan successfully completed comprehensive LAN-to-ATM switching performance and interoperability tests conducted by the Army, which expands the company's eligibility to compete for the Army's LAN and ATM networking contracts.

The Army tests showed that the OmniSwitch provides a powerful and complete system for both LAN edge and ATM backbone switching requirements, and that it can interoperate with ATM switches and routers from other manufacturers. "With its successful completion of the Army's tests, the OmniSwitch demonstrates world-class switching performance and interoperability," said Brett Michaels, Xylan director of federal sales. "This further demonstrates Xylan's industry leadership in the integration of LANs and ATM for end-to-end networks."

U.S. Army testing

In testing conducted by the Army's Technology Integration Center (TIC) at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, the OmniSwitch passed a series of performance, network reliability, network stability, and network recovery tests. The tests simulated the full-speed data traffic generated by 3,000 simulated users spread over 32 workstations, and focused on ATM Forum standards for LAN Emulation and PNNI. Simulated traffic included FTP, TELNET, web surfing, email, and MPEG-1 video streaming. Traffic mixes were varied with different distributions and loading to fully test the Xylan products.

These tests are a very important step toward the Army's goal of building a service-wide ATM network that offers each facility, along with the Army's Project Manager for Installation of Networks, the ability to select the equipment best suited for its application. Xylan has demonstrated that it can be a reliable vendor in this infrastructure. The Army Technology Integration Center will be testing Xylan's layer-three switching and Gigabit Ethernet products in the near future. In the ATM test, the combination of Xylan's high-performance 10/100 modules and ATM buffering helped the OmniSwitch to excel at handling the high rates of incoming data. As a result, Xylan is now an approved vendor for the Army's Common User Interface Transport Network (CUITN) project. The company can also sell its products to any Army base that needs networking equipment.


About Xylan

Xylan Corporation is one of the fastest growing internetworking companies in history. Its networks are used by many of the world's largest governments, corporations, and service providers. In the enterprise, Xylan's networks are so powerful that they allow a user to bypass an entire generation of network change. They combine ease of management, high performance, and easy integration with existing equipment and software. For service providers, Xylan builds equipment for high-speed multi-service VPNs. Xylan's solutions integrate broad connectivity options, advanced software for partitioning and security, and any-to-any switching. Xylan helps service providers build profitable networks.

Xylan's products combine LAN switching, ATM switching, layer-three switching, and wide area switching, and are distinguished by advanced architectures and chip designs. Xylan's Switched Network Services takes switching to the next step: a comprehensive set of services that offers integrated directory-enabled networking, IP address management, user authentication, IP firewalls, quality of service, and routing and switching of multicast data. More information about Xylan and its products is available at

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Xylan with the SEC, including the company's most recent report on Form 10-K and 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

Xylan Contact
26707 West Agoura Road
Calabasas, California 91302
Tel: (818) 880-3500
Fax: (818) 880-3505

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