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midastouch017   Monday, 12/18/06 08:39:55 AM
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Silicom Builds Momentum in Exploding WAN Optimization Market: Additional Two Design Wins Achieved
Monday December 18, 8:11 am ET

KFAR SAVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: SILC) today announced that it has achieved two new Design Wins with major players in the fast-growing WAN Optimization market. One of the Design Wins is with one of the largest companies in the networking industry and a worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, whose new Wan Optimization product line gives an indication of the importance of this emerging market sector. The other Design Win is with a rapidly-growing provider of intelligent IP service optimization solutions.

The potential of this market segment for Silicom is demonstrated by the continuously increasing flow of orders that it has been receiving over the past year after achieving a Design Win with another WAN Optimization pioneer and a current market leader. The fact that Silicom has now achieved Design Wins with three strong WAN Optimization appliance players establishes Silicom's BYPASS adapters as critical enablers for this rapidly growing market segment.

WAN Optimization appliances are devices deployed in data centers, branch offices and remote sites to overcome network performance problems and accelerate application delivery. In this mission-critical environment, it is vitally important to assure continuous traffic flow, and to safeguard against network disruption of any kind. As such, BYPASS functionality, which automatically reroute traffic around non-functioning components in the event of appliance disruption, are necessary components of practically all WAN Optimization appliances. As the industry's leading supplier of high-performance BYPASS adapters with a proven track record in the WAN Optimization market, Silicom is emerging as the BYPASS adapter supplier of choice to this emerging market.

A variety of respected market surveys and analyst reports are predicting a dramatic increase in revenues from the WAN Optimization appliance sales over the next few years, with one optimistic report even projecting a tenfold growth from 120,000 units in 2006 to 1,120,000 units in 2008. The sector has been characterized by a high level of M&A activity over the past year, and has produced two successful Nasdaq IPOs during the past four months -- Riverbed (Nasdaq:RVBD - News) and Allot (Nasdaq:ALLT - News).

"The WAN Optimization market is exploding, and we have begun to benefit," said Mr. Shaike Orbach, President and CEO of Silicom. "As we look into the market, we see dramatic growth in demand for WAN Optimization appliances, most of which will need a BYPASS solution. Having achieved three major Design Wins in this market, we are now clearly positioned as its leading provider of BYPASS solutions, and believe that demand for our BYPASS adapters will grow in step with overall WAN Optimization appliance sales. We are excited to begin building momentum in this emerging market and believe it represents a huge incremental opportunity for Silicom."

About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. is an industry-leading provider of high-performance server/appliances networking solutions. The Company's flagship products include a variety of multi-port Gigabit Ethernet, copper and fiber-optic, server adapters and innovative BYPASS adapters designed to increase throughput and availability of server-based systems, security appliances and other mission-critical gateway applications. Silicom also offers a broad range of its traditional PC Cards, PCI cards and USB products. For more information, please visit: www.silicom.co.il.


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