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Filanet And uRoam Announce Merger

Filanet Corporation Inc. and uRoam Inc. announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. Filanet is a leading provider of network service appliances for the small to medium-sized enterprise market, and uRoam Inc. is an industry leader in application-layer (SSL) network access solutions for enterprises. The companies will combine under the uRoam name and offer a comprehensive solution for secure remote user and office access to applications. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to join forces with uRoam, bringing them the benefits of our top-tier investor support, capitalization, and worldwide distribution capabilities," said Skip Glass, CEO of Filanet. "By adding their best-in-class access solution to our offerings, we can maximize our efforts. The synergy of our products positions us for a large market share in the emerging secure remote application access market."

"This is a case where one plus one can equal ten," said uRoam founder and CEO Michael Herne who will serve as CTO of the combined companies. "We are very proud to have conceived and developed FirePass™ which delivers secure access to enterprise networks and desktop systems. This merger will provide the resources to market and sell it effectively worldwide."

The merged company will capitalize on the rapidly expanding SSL and security market. Infonetics Research estimates that worldwide, application-layer (SSL) VPN gateway annual revenues will grow to $871 million by 2005, representing a 143% CAGR. The combined product line, already successfully deployed in Fortune 500 companies and major service providers throughout the world, will provide immediate value to enterprise customers as well as service providers and VARs serving the small to medium business market. It offers customers a breadth of well-integrated, policy-based managed solutions for secure mobile user connectivity, branch office and telecommuter connectivity, and partner extranet connectivity.

The merged organization will combine the executive teams from Filanet and uRoam. In addition to Michael Herne as CTO, uRoam founder and VP of Engineering, Igor Plotnikov, will continue in his role as VP of Engineering for the FirePass product line.

Both companies produce web-managed, Linux-based network and remote-access solutions. Filanet's award-winning InterJak™ product line offers comprehensive IP services to small-to-medium businesses, remote offices, and home offices. It also offers an easy to manage, low-touch revenue opportunity for managed service providers. uRoam's FirePass offers secure, web-based SSL access to email / file servers, intranet, legacy mainframe, desktop, and client / server applications. The combined solutions support organizations and locations of all sizes.

Products and Availability

Filanet and uRoam products are available to large enterprises through a direct sales force and small to medium businesses through authorized service providers and reseller partners. Contact Filanet/uRoam sales at 408.331.2900 for more product information or details on how you can become an Advantage Partner or Reseller. The Advantage Partner Program can also be located on the Web at

About uRoam

uRoam is a privately-held company, founded in 1998, that created and produces FirePass, the industry-leading web-based remote access solution for corporate networks. FirePass provides individuals and organizations with fast, stable, secure access to corporate and desktop data and applications from any Internet browser, without requiring any software or configuration on the accessing device. With FirePass, a single, convenient solution gives superior remote access and powerful wireless support for travelers, telecommuters, partners, remote offices, and workday-extenders. FirePass is the only SSL-based access solution offering all the functionality of IPSec VPNs, plus remote control of individual desktop systems. More information can be found on uRoam Web site.

About Filanet

Founded in 1998, Filanet Corporation develops and markets solutions for Managed IP services delivery for dynamic workgroups in small and medium enterprises. The solution consists of a centralized web-based management platform, SPP, and an innovative line of cost-effective service appliances, the InterJak platform. SPP automates the provisioning and management while the InterJak delivers Internet connectivity, network services, security services, and wireless security services across a range of appliances. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA., Filanet is a global company with development and sales offices around the world, including Denmark, China, and the United States. Its investors include two billion-dollar venture funds: Lightspeed Ventures and Canaan Partners. More information can be found on Filanet's Web site.

Filanet press contacts:


Jim Nickerson
Lois Paul & Partners for Filanet

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