Yipes provides light-speed metro network for Calpine

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 17, 2001 – Yipes Communications today announced that its gigabit optical networks are connecting energy traders and operations personnel at Calpine Corporation’s three Houston offices to each other and to the Internet at speeds up to 200 Megabits per second.

Calpine has also used Yipes’ instantly scalable networks to increase bandwidth to 1 Gigabit per second for data restore and disaster recovery operations.

Calpine, based in San Jose, Calif. is an innovative, fully-integrated power company that provides customers across America with clean, efficient, reliable electricity. Its entrepreneurial staff of energy professionals is experienced in every aspect of power generation, from engineering, construction and fuel supply through financing, operations and power marketing.

Calpine’s fast-growing operations in Houston include its energy trading and risk management offices, national systems operation center and natural gas exploration and production and central region business offices. As its employee count in the city climbed toward 400, the slow frame-relay and T-1 network connecting its three buildings to each other and to the Internet clearly needed a substantial upgrade. But traditional telco solutions, such as DS-3 and OC-3 services, were too expensive and inflexible.

Stephen Webster, manager of IT operations and infrastructure, called Yipes to learn about its optical Gigabit Ethernet networks. “I liked Yipes’ pricing, which beat traditional telco services. The SLAs (Service Level Agreements) Yipes offered were the best I’ve seen. And the fact that Yipes could give us almost any bandwidth on a few hours’ notice was important because we weren’t sure how much bandwidth we would need. Yipes’ scalability gave us the flexibility to locate our trading facility where we wanted it, knowing we would have the bandwidth to serve it,” said Webster.

Calpine initially connected its main Houston datacenter to its two other Houston locations over Yipes’ network with 100 Mbps links so that employees would experience one fast local area network, rather than feeling isolated on separate network islands. The company then increased its bandwidth to 200 Mbps, a painless upgrade requiring no investment in new equipment or long wait for new circuits to be provisioned. “We get no complaints about network bandwidth at all,” Webster said.

At the customer’s request, Yipes recently increased the bandwidth between Calpine’s offices to a full Gigabit per second to test the ability to restore backed up data on extremely short notice in case of a disaster. “The Yipes network responded quickly and performed excellently,” Webster said. “We are moving ahead to implement a disaster recovery system on that basis.”

Webster also replaced Houston’s slow Internet connection – via a T-1 line – with a 5 Mbps Yipes connection to serve the demands of Calpine’s fast-paced energy traders. Webster said, “The new Yipes Internet service has been extremely fast and reliable.”

Yipes is the first national provider of dynamically scalable bandwidth, ranging from 1 Megabit per second to 1 Gigabit per second in 1 Mbps increments. Yipes serves 21 markets across the country with its unique optical IP networks. The company’s customers include Fortune 1000 enterprises, financial institutions, real estate companies, law firms, medical facilities, software developers, Web-based businesses, ISPs and ASPs, universities, school districts and government agencies.

Yipes is the defining provider of scalable Ethernet services. Yipes’ highly affordable services, currently available in 21 markets coast-to-coast, include Yipes MAN (Metro Area Networking), Yipes NAN (National Area Networking), Yipes NET (high-speed Internet access), Yipes TOUGH (extended redundancy options), Yipes VPN (secure IP connectivity between remote offices), Yipes WALL (managed firewall service) and Yipes WEB (managed Web services). The Yipes NOW Web interface enables customers to instantly scale their bandwidth from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps (in 1 Mbps increments), enabling the next generation of Internet services. Yipes has received $291 million in equity funding from more than 30 investors including Norwest Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), The Sprout Group/CSFB, Focus Ventures, JP Morgan Partners, BancBoston Ventures, Soros Private Equity Partners, Focus Capital and Intel Capital.

Yipes has been honored for innovation and excellence by America’s Network, Computerworld, Enterprise Systems, Inter@ctive Week, The Net Economy, Network Magazine, Red Herring, tele.com, Telephony and Upside, as well as COMNET, NetWorld + Interop, Supercomm and World Communication Awards. The company is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.yipes.com.

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