Network Engines Attains Fifth Microsoft Competency in OEM Hardware Solutions as Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

CANTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 8, 2006–Network Engines, Inc. (NASDAQ: NENGNews), a leading appliance partner for Microsoft® security solutions, today announced that Microsoft has certified the company’s competency in OEM Hardware Solutions. The latest certification builds on additional competencies Microsoft has accorded Network Engines in Security Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, ISV/Software Solutions, and Networking Infrastructure Solutions.

“We are pleased to recognize Network Engines for its proven expertise in building and supporting server appliances using Microsoft platforms,” said Robert Deshaies, Microsoft Vice President US Partner Group. “Network Engines is a valued Microsoft partner not only for the success of its family of NS Series(TM) Security Appliances powered by Microsoft technology, but also for the assistance the company has provided to the community of Microsoft ISVs to deliver their applications as dedicated server appliances.”

“Our Microsoft-certified competencies attest to the comprehensive appliance development services we provide to ISVs who want to provide their customers with the rapid time-to-value, ease of management, and lifecycle supportability advantages of delivering their applications as Network Engines appliances,” said Michael Druar, Vice President of Business Development for Network Engines.

“ISVs turn to us for our hardware expertise, our ISO 9000:2001-certified manufacturing capabilities, and also for our unique appliance management technologies and worldwide support services,” Druar added.

Appliance solutions built with market-leading technology

Network Engines builds thousands of appliances each month for data storage and software market leaders. The company’s own line of NS Series Security Appliances are a family of multi-function security platforms providing advanced application-layer firewall, VPN, and web cache functionality to maximize protection for core Microsoft infrastructure applications including Exchange Server, SharePoint® Portal Server, and Internet Information Services (IIS). Integrated with Websense® Web Security Suite(TM), the appliances are exceptional web proxies, accelerating access to frequently requested web content while blocking spyware, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses from infected websites.

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