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Friday, April 24, 2009


Black Box Releases Optinet - Bandwidth Shaping/Content Filtering


Controls bandwidth costs, reduces Internet threats, and increases employee productivity.


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, April 24, 2009 - Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, introduces Optinet™, a deep packet, Layer 7 inspection gateway appliance that optimizes Internet use, enabling organizations to get the most from their available bandwidth. Optinet from Black Box (part #s FE408005AA, FE408020AA, FE408020XA, FE408045XA, FE408100XA, FE408200XA), scans, identifies, and controls Internet traffic, and provides advanced content filtering, reporting, application prioritization, bandwidth management, and threat protection.

“Because of the increase in graphics, video applications, and social networking on the Internet, bandwidth usage is exploding, including non-business-related traffic over corporate networks. IT managers are faced with the prospect of leasing more broadband capacity or completely forbidding non-business use,” said Franco Tavella, Black Box Product Manager. “Optinet enables IT managers to allocate slices of bandwidth based on data content for individual users or groups. With this device, managers can more efficiently use and manage their leased broadband capabilities.

“Additionally,” says Tavella, “Optinet effectively blocks malware and viruses with advanced database matching and spyware removal capabilities to keep organizations safe at the point where the majority of virulent programs are received.”

Optinet is a secure Web gateway appliance that sits between your corporate firewall and network switches. The convenient, powerful Web-based management console comes with everything you need to shape bandwidth, filter content, and reduce threats.

With multilayer content filtering, users are able to access the content they need with real-time dynamic URL categorization, URL database matching, URL keyword searches, and deep HTML inspection. Additionally, allotting more bandwidth to mission-critical sites and applications enables you to shape and prioritize Internet use and content. You can place precise limits on the amount of bandwidth available to specific applications, users, and groups.

Optinet also reveals exactly how your employees use the Internet. Application traffic monitoring enables you to set appropriate priorities and limits, and automatically enforce policies and restrictions. Detailed reports on use activity, application traffic, and Internet threats give you total visibility and enhance your ability to analyze and fix problems.

You also get protection from existing and continually evolving on-line threats with its hourly filter avoidance updates and dynamic content analysis that identifies and shuts out dangerous anonymous proxies.

Optinet devices range from 5-Mbps up to 200-Mbps WAN capabilities. Most of the appliances feature acceleration technology, which ensures 100 percent SSL encryption.

Optinet is just one of the 118,000+ products Black Box offers, including Black Box® brand VPNs, media converter switches, Ethernet switches, as well as products from other leading manufacturers, such as Cisco and HP®. All are backed by free, live, 24/7 Tech Support, which responds to a call or click in 20 seconds or less.

For more information call Black Box at 877-877-2269 or visit http://www.blackbox.com/go/optinet.

About Black Box

Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 192 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks and Optinet™ is a trademark of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.


Contact:

Black Box Corporation
Gary Doyle
Director – Investor Relations
Phone: 724-873-6788
E-mail: investors@blackbox.com

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