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Monday, November 24, 2008

Stratus' ENTICE Platform Turns Asian ISP into VoIP Provider, Rapidly Deploying Service to Malaysia, Cambodia & Indonesia

MAYNARD, Mass., Nov 24, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Stratus Technologies, Inc., announced today that Danawa Resources ( www.danawa.net.my), a broadband service provider operating in Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia, has deployed the Stratus ENTICE E-REV telecommunications platform to expand into residential, enterprise and wholesale VoIP-based phone service throughout its coverage area.

The installation marks the first multi-country ENTICE deployment in Southeast Asia as well as highlighting the use of ENTICE to enable an ISP to leverage their existing Internet infrastructure to add VoIP offerings. Danawa operates under the Danawa name in Malaysia, ClickNet in Cambodia and PrimeNet in Indonesia.

Danawa selected ENTICE E-REV as its services deployment platform because of its ability to provide session control, customer billing and value-added applications such as unified messaging and prepaid/postpaid services in a single solution, eliminating the need to license and integrate components from multiple vendors.

The deployment went live in June with a superswitch located in Singapore controlling satellite switches in each of Danawa's three serviced countries. The implementation - completed in less than a month - utilizes Stratus' ftServer(R) continuous availability hardware in conjunction with Dell 2950 dual-core servers to achieve fault tolerance. Stratus' ftServer family offers 99.9999% uptime with a proprietary architecture that eliminates clustering by providing two-server redundancy in a single housing.

"The countries where we offer broadband service have an underdeveloped telecom infrastructure with very expensive international calling, so it was logical for us to diversify into phone service by piggybacking VoIP on top of our existing broadband backbone," said Peter Chew, Danawa's Chief Technical Officer. "Stratus was the only solution that fulfilled our key requirements: a cost-effective one-platform architecture, rapid deployment, and a central point of control for all three countries."

"This implementation is a direct result of our integrated approach to VoIP deployment. Our ability to deliver an application server, session border controller, billing system, unified messaging system and endpoint provisioning system in one integrated package simplifies VoIP installations immeasurably," said Nathan Franzmeier, Stratus senior vice president of the Emerging Network Solutions Group. "This was Danawa's #1 criterion for selecting a VoIP platform, and it is a key reason for our growth."

In addition to providing ISP and voice services in Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia, Danawa Resources owns and operates citywide WiFi broadband and intercity fiber links in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. The company is a subsidiary of Mitzmara ICT Technologies Group, a Malaysia-based multinational provider of wireless broadband Internet access services and a wide variety of IT sales and support services.

About Stratus Technologies, Inc.

Stratus Technologies, Inc., is a provider of complete VoIP and converged service solutions for telecommunications service providers. By helping its customers connect their world using trusted, innovative solutions and backing it with people they can count on, Stratus is making convergence simple. Stratus' telecommunications solutions are installed in 14 of 20 of the world's largest carriers. Stratus has 28 years of expertise in server and services technology and has been a trusted solutions provider to customers in the telecommunications, manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, public safety, transportation & logistics and other industries. For more information, visit www.stratustelecom.com.

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Center for Friends Without a Border Opens in Cambodia

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Friends Without a Border has announced the opening of the Center for Friends Without a Border in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located next to the Angkor Hospital for Children, the Center is designed to increase awareness of the many programs sponsored by Friends while helping to promote Green architecture and renewable energy in Cambodia. Visitors to the Center will be able to observe exhibits by world-renowned photographers, learn more about the history of Cambodia and see the remarkable impact and progress being made through the medical care, education and outreach programs provided by the Angkor Hospital for Children.

The Center was funded by Sterling Stamos Capital Management of Menlo Park, CA and New York, NY, a private investment firm committed to the idea of corporate philanthropy and "doing well by doing good." "We are proud to have helped fund such a remarkable facility," said Peter Stamos, Chairman and CEO of Sterling Stamos. "The Angkor Hospital for Children has been a wonderful project that has dramatically contributed to the well-being of the children of Cambodia. This project allows us to express our sincere gratitude for all that both Friends and Angkor Hospital have done."

The Center was designed pro bono by Cook+Fox Architects in New York and is the first green, sustainably designed project of its kind in Cambodia. Cook+Fox, well-known for its design of the Bank of America Tower in New York City, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in the U.S., used techniques for minimizing energy use and recycling water, as well as sustainably-procured and locally-crafted materials.

Forever changed by his encounters with Cambodian children in dire need of medical care, famed Japanese photographer Kenro Izu founded Friends Without a Border in 1996 and helped construct the Angkor Hospital for Children. Since 1999, Angkor Hospital has treated over 560,000 children and is the largest pediatric HIV treatment facility outside the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Sterling Stamos is a private investment firm that invests globally using an endowment approach across five asset classes: fixed income, equity, absolute return, real assets and private equity. With principal offices in New York City and Menlo Park, CA, Sterling Stamos has over $8 billion in assets under management.

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