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DJO, LLC Deploys Enterasys to Optimize Network Connectivity, Convergence and Compliance

October 13, 2008

Enterasys Networks Inc., the Secure Networks Company(TM), today announced that DJO, a global provider of medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, leverages Enterasys solutions to provide network connectivity and security with unparalleled service and support to more than 1,200 users and 1,000 devices across multiple locations. The Enterasys solution enables the company’s small IT staff to support mission-critical front-end and back-office enterprise applications and deploy Voice over IP (VoIP) and implement IP video surveillance — all while staying within network compliance guidelines of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

DJO’s global business includes rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hip, knee and shoulder reconstructive joint products, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular systems, electrical stimulation for pain management and muscle strengthening and physical therapy products. Its locations include the company headquarters in Vista, Calif., as well as sales and distribution offices in several countries in Europe and a manufacturing facility in Mexico. As the company continues to expand, it was in need of a network restructuring that would optimize efficiency while supporting business-critical applications such as JD Edwards and Oracle.

“Prior to Enterasys, our network infrastructure included several legacy hardware systems brought together from multiple acquisitions and the old DJO,” explained John Iraci, Vice President Enterprise Infrastructure, DJO. “Over the years, new devices had been added at each predecessor company, which resulted in bottlenecks, and many core network appliances were at 80 percent of their capacity or more.”

Because of the company’s work in the medical field, its network falls under the governance of both the FDA and HIPAA as well as SOX guidelines. A streamlined, secure network was a necessity to service its customer base of hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation facilities around the globe.

“We evaluated a number of network vendors, including Cisco,” Iraci said. “From the very beginning, Enterasys demonstrated a clear understanding of our needs and our delivery timeline, and showed us the service and support that other vendors could not. Further, we were able to use Enterasys equipment in our multi-vendor environment with no problem, allowing us to maximize our investment in existing assets.”

Today, DJO’s fully optimized network consists of Enterasys Matrix(R) N-Series and Enterasys XSR(TM) Security Routers at the network core. Matrix N-Series flow-based switches offer granular visibility and control of individual voice, video, data applications and users. The XSRs anchor a virtual private network (VPN) that supports more than 10 DJO Offices worldwide. At the network edge, SecureStack(TM) C Series switches deliver cost-effective Layer 2 switching and IPv6 Layer 3 routing with embedded security support for 802.1x, Web and MAC authentication, RFC 3580 VLAN quarantine, and support for Secure Networks(TM) Policy. RoamAbout(R) wireless switches enable high-performance mobile computing indoors or outdoors without compromising the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information. Thanks to Enterasys NetSight(R) centralized visibility and control management software, a network systems staff of only one full-time and one part-time employee oversee the entire network of more than 2,000 users and devices. When auditors come knocking, Iraci says his staff is secure in knowing they have a compliance automation strategy based on the visibility provided by Enterasys.

“While we are very satisfied with the performance of Enterasys solutions, we are even more pleased with the personalized, high-touch service and support we’ve consistently received from the Enterasys team,” Iraci said. “Ultimately, that was what won and continues to keep our business. Not only do we save between 20 and 25 percent on total cost of ownership over other leading vendors, but we also have the security of knowing that any time we pick up the phone with a question or a concern, Enterasys will do whatever it takes to answer our questions or solve any problem — even those caused by other vendors’ equipment.”

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys is part of a joint venture with Siemens Enterprise Communications led by The Gores Group, LLC. Enterasys delivers Secure Networks(TM) that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT services and the business users that rely on them — without sacrificing performance. Thousands of enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions in more than 70 countries worldwide rely on our convergence, compliance and connectivity solutions to deliver business-oriented, identity-based visibility and control of individual user and application priority and security. The company’s culture is centered on the principle, “There is nothing more important than our customers.” Enterasys’ standards-based, open-architecture approach to network security offers a long technology lifecycle and significant operational and business benefits, while reducing total cost of ownership. Information about Enterasys’ award winning, policy-enabled switches, routers, wireless products, security software and services is available at www.enterasys.com.

About DJO, LLC

DJO is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease. Our products are used by orthopedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular systems, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO’s products are marketed under the brands Aircast(R), DonJoy(R), ProCare(R), CMF(TM), Empi(R), Saunders(R), Chattanooga Group(TM), DJO Surgical, Cefar(R)-Compex(R) and Ormed(R). For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, LLC, founded in 1987, is a private equity firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The Gores Group maintains offices in Los Angeles, Boulder and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.

About Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC

Tennenbaum Capital Partners is a Santa Monica, California-based private investment firm managing over $7 billion in committed capital in private funds. The firm’s investment strategy is grounded in a long-term, value approach, and it assists — both financially and operationally — transitional middle market companies in such industries as technology, healthcare, energy, aerospace, business services, retail and general manufacturing. Tennenbaum’s core strengths include in-depth knowledge of equity and debt financing vehicles in the public and private markets, as well as a thorough understanding of special situations. For more information, please visit www.tennenbaumcapital.com.

 Contact:  Trent Waterhouse Enterasys Networks +1 978 684 1506 trent@enterasys.com  Michelle Barry BridgeView Marketing +1 603 809 2748 michelle@bridgeviewmarketing.com

SOURCE: Enterasys




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