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Read All About It! The Seattle Times Company Chooses WildPackets for Network Analysis

September 9, 2008

WildPackets, Inc. (www.wildpackets.com), a leading provider of network and application analysis solutions, today announced that the Seattle Times Company, owner of the largest daily newspaper and Web site in Washington state, has deployed WildPackets(R) OmniPeek(TM) to monitor and troubleshoot the company’s network infrastructure across multiple business units, including editorial, production, advertising, printing, circulation and online divisions.

“The paper is a myriad of different networks, making it difficult to manage between departments. We needed an enterprise solution that would capture all network traffic and provide troubleshooting capabilities as well as trend analysis,” said Greg Crosby, network systems manager at the Seattle Times Company. “OmniPeek allows us to pinpoint performance issues quickly in an automated fashion, reducing the amount of time required versus the tedious exercise of manual network packet sniffing.”

WildPackets OmniPeek offers an intuitive graphical dashboard that IT teams can use to promptly analyze and troubleshoot networks, providing centralized expert analysis for all networks under management. With OmniPeek, network engineers can quickly analyze faults from multiple network segments, drill down through multiple layers of analysis, and pinpoint problems that need correction.

“In the newspaper business today, the health of the network is mission critical for all facets of business operations,” said Tony Barbagallo, vice president of marketing at WildPackets. “With hundreds of thousands of Seattle and greater Washington area residents relying on The Seattle Times as their primary source of news and information, OmniPeek plays an important role as it sifts through all network traffic instantly for root cause analysis of any issues that may occur keeping the organization running smoothly.”

For more information on OmniPeek, please visit: http://www.wildpackets.com/products.

About The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times is a 112-year-old locally owned journalism and community service company. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, The Seattle Times is a fourth- and fifth-generation family business. The family’s flagship newspaper, The Seattle Times, is the largest daily newspaper in Washington state and the largest Sunday newspaper in the Northwest. The flagship website seattletimes.com is the largest local news information website in the Northwest.

Under a Joint Operating Agreement (JOA), the company handles advertising, printing, distribution and other business functions for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, which are separately owned and maintain a separate newsroom.

Other Blethen-owned newspapers in Washington are the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Issaquah Press. The company also owns the Blethen Maine Newspapers: The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram; Kennebec Journal, in Augusta; Morning Sentinel, in Waterville; and Coastal Journal, in Bath. More company information, including links to the newspaper Web sites, is available at seattletimescompany.com.

About WildPackets, Inc.

WildPackets develops hardware and software solutions that drive network performance, enabling organizations of all sizes to analyze, troubleshoot, optimize, and secure their wired and wireless networks. WildPackets products are sold in over 60 countries and deployed in all industrial sectors, including 80 percent of the Fortune 1000. For further information, please visit www.wildpackets.com.




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