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Visio and SwitchSoft Systems Announce Development and Licensing Agreement

Agreement Provides Rights to Switch Discovery Engine to be Included in Visio Enterprise Network Discovery Add-on Solution

SEATTLE, March 2 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) and SwitchSoft Systems Inc. today announced a development and licensing agreement that will produce an add-on switch discovery and diagramming solution for Visio® Enterprise. SwitchSoft's technology provides discovery and diagramming of Layer 2 switched network topology, virtual private network diagramming and spanning tree documentation, which complements Visio Enterprise's AutoDiscovery™ technology. The agreement gives Visio Corp. the rights to use SwitchSoft's Layer 2 switched network discovery engine to provide additional solutions for the documentation and diagramming market.

"This agreement will produce the only switch discovery and diagramming tool available to customers today," said Jeff Erwin, general manager, network management products at Visio Corp. "The combination of the SwitchSoft Layer 2 discovery engine with Visio Enterprise's Layer 3 discovery technology and rich network design and documentation functionality provides our customers with the most robust network design and documentation tool available and further demonstrates our commitment to the networking community."

Discovery Technology

SwitchSoft's technology provides discovery and diagramming of switched network (Layer 2) topology and provides full-level network documentation, regardless of network complexity. When this technology is added to Visio Enterprise's already expansive discovery technology, customers will be able to create comprehensive network documentation for any physical, logical or virtual networking configuration. Visio Enterprise's guided diagramming and guided updating technology makes the discovery and creation of networking documentation vastly easier than current "by hand" methods used by most networking professionals today. Customers purchasing this additional capability for Visio Enterprise will be able to fully document and diagram virtual private networks and spanning tree routes.

Visio Enterprise: The Solution for Network Design and Documentation

Visio Enterprise, released in October 1998, is a robust suite of design and modeling tools created for IT professionals who develop, manage and maintain enterprise information systems. Built upon Visio's award-winning Visio Professional, the industry standard for IT diagramming and documentation, Visio Enterprise 5.0 provides functionality in the three main IT domains: network design and documentation, software engineering, and database design.

For network managers, Visio Enterprise facilitates physical, logical and wide-area network designs. The product automates the collection of information necessary to document and design networks, and guides users in creating the diagrams necessary for the management of today's complex enterprise networks. Visio Enterprise offers SNMP-based, Layer 3 AutoDiscovery™ technology that discovers and maps the logical connectivity of a network, beginning with the address of a seed single router and building a comprehensive network object model that includes network device and connectivity information. Visio Enterprise couples this AutoDiscovery functionality with the diagramming capabilities of Visio Professional and the extensive 14,000-shape Visio Network Equipment library to automatically represent discovered devices with port-level detail.

"We are proud to enter into this relationship with Visio," said Tyrone Pike, president and CEO of SwitchSoft Systems. "Visio is the clear leader in the network documentation and diagramming market, and this relationship expands the market for SwitchSoft's switch discovery engine. We see the SwitchSoft Layer 2 discovery engine as a logical extension to the Visio Enterprise product line."

Pricing and Availability

The Visio switch discovery add-on solution will be available this fall. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

About SwitchSoft Systems Inc.

SwitchSoft Systems Inc. is a privately held company based in Redwood City, Calif., and Lindon, Utah, that develops and markets directory-enabled Policy Based Network Control software for management of switches, routers, firewalls and remote access servers. Layer 2 discovery is the foundation of SwitchSoft Systems policy-based network control software. Without complete Layer 2 discovery of a network, policy-based network control is not possible. SwitchSoft Systems Inc. clients include Cisco Systems Inc., Computer Associates International Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprise business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of nearly 2.8 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992 and has since released additional Microsoft Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio and AutoDiscovery are registered trademarks or trademarks of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.