Critical Links Appoints Charles Foley to Advisory Board

Critical Links, an international networking technology company, announced the appointment of Charles Foley to its Advisory Board. Mr. Foley has more than 20 years of experience in the systems, networking and software technology industries. More recently, as President of Tacit Networks, Inc. and CEO of InfiniCon Systems, Inc., he led networking technology companies to emerge as recognized industry leaders.

The Critical Links Strategic Advisory Board is comprised of business and technology leaders that bring vital insight and business knowledge that will help shape business and product development.

Mr. Foley joins the Critical Links Advisory Board to provide invaluable advice and insight on channel and business development. Critical Links recently announced the launch of a program to make its award-winning edgeBOX software solutions available to OEM network equipment manufacturers. Under the program, OEM partners gain access to a complete and integrated software platform for the development of converged and sophisticated “all in one” networking devices targeted at SMBs and Branch Offices.

Commenting on the appointment of Mr. Foley, Mr. João Carreira, Chief Executive Officer of Critical Links, said “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Charles’ experience and expertise on our Advisory Board. I’m confident that Charles will help us achieve even greater levels of success in this fast-paced industry. Our products are technologically significantly ahead of our competitors. Critical Links’ innovative business and product distribution models are also a major differentiating factor.”

“I’m excited to join Critical Links Advisory Board, as they are widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the Business Gateway software market,” said Charles Foley. “As networking providers increasingly rely on innovative software platforms to increase value to their customers, provide differentiation, and remain competitive, Critical Links technology enables the quick deployment of converged Business gateways targeted at the booming SMB and managed services market.”

The edgeBOX software is the ideal foundation for converged all-in-one, remotely manageable networking devices for SMEs, a market that is expected to be worth 1,7 Billion € in 2010 (InStat). The edgeBOX incorporates all the latest in-demand technologies such as VoIP, IP-PBX, WiFi, VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and can be used as a web server, email server and storage device.

edgeBOX has been identified as a key player in the emerging “Business Gateway” market by leading analyst house InStat and won the Best Broadband Appliance award at the World Broadband Forum in 2005. It was selected a finalist by IDG Communications’ Techworld for its 2006 “Small Business Product of the Year”. It was recently unveiled in several european markets, following successful launches in Brazil, China, India, Portugal, Chile, Singapore, the Middle East and South Africa.

About Mr. Charles Foley
Mr. Foley was most recently President of Tacit Networks, Inc., (South Plainfield, NJ). He was a part of the executive team which built this enterprise network optimization software company to become a recognized leader in the fast growing WAN optimization arena, culminating in the company’s recent acquisition by Packeteer, Inc. (NASDAQ:PKTR). As CEO of InfiniCon Systems, Inc., King of Prussia, PA, he led this next-generation networking and software technology company through two rounds of venture financing, product development stage, and into revenue stage to emerge as a recognized industry leader. Previously Mr. Foley was Executive Vice President and CTO of INRANGE Technologies Corporation, (Lumberton, NJ), a leader in large scale networking solutions. Before that, he was Vice President, Marketing & Operations at Amdahl Corporation; VicePresident Worldwide Sales & Service at IPL, among other senior roles in companies such as Memorex-Telex; IBM, etc.

About Critical Links
Critical Links is an international networking software company and provider of edgeBOX, a converged multi-function device or business gateway targeted at SMBs and Enterprise Branch Offices. edgeBOX is available in a wide range of scalable hardware platforms, including standard servers, and has the best feature to price ratio in the market, making it the ideal choice for cost savvy SMBs. edgeBOX typically replaces 4-7 single-function devices required to deliver an equivalent set of services, fully remotely managed, with significantly lower TCO. Telecom Service Providers and Managed Services Providers offer edgeBOX as a service to their SMB customers.

Critical Links is a wholly owned subsidiary of Critical Software SA, established in 1998, with over 100 employees, with a presence in the UK, USA, and Portugal. The company is CMMI Level 3 compliant and has a reputation for producing mission and business critical networking and telecoms solutions for the telecoms, public sector, industry, aerospace and defence markets, with customers such as Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Infineon Technologies, NASA, EADS and ESA.