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BT Recognised By Cisco Systems As Advanced Technology Provider for Network-Hosted Storage Applications

BT announced today that it has achieved Advanced Technology Provider status for network-hosted storage applications from Cisco Systems Inc. The Cisco Advanced Technology Provider (ATP) program is designed to bring new technologies to market.

The network hosted storage applications ATP designation recognises BT for its commitment to having the core knowledge and skills required to deploy an emerging technology and complementary services, while the market opportunity is being developed.

As a network-hosted storage applications ATP Partner, BT is certified to deliver and support multiprotocol storage networking solutions based around the Cisco MDS 9000 Family of Multilayer Intelligent directors and fabric switches, specifically configured with the VERITAS Storage Foundation for Networks virtualisation software integrated into the Cisco MDS 9000 Advanced Services Module.

Luca Marinelli, Managing Director, EMEA Channels, Cisco Systems Inc, said: "ATP Partners are instrumental in helping Cisco penetrate new growth markets."

"ATP Partners, like BT, are hand selected by Cisco to develop the knowledge and skills that enable them to help ensure the successful deployment or management of new growth technologies."

This signifies that BT has completed rigorous training and knowledge validation requirements for becoming a provider for network hosted storage applications.

Combined with the existing Cisco specialisations that BT has previously achieved, this new ATP designation places BT at the forefront in providing the complete lifecycle of network hosted storage services.

Craig Parker, general manager for Storage, BT Retail, said: "We are delighted that Cisco has recognised our networking strength in bringing its products to market by awarding the Advanced Technology Provider status. We believe it is a reflection of the business value that the BT relationship with Cisco brings to customers.

"The combination of our network storage consultancy and integration skills with Cisco's product set means that we are able to help organisations meet their critical storage challenges."

For more information contact Suzy Christopher at BT on 07885 652235, e-mail: suzanne.christopher@bt.com or
Marc Musgrove at Cisco on 020 8824 6200, e-mail: mmusgrov@cisco.com
Perveen Akhtar at Cisco on 0208 824 4478, email: pakhtar@cisco.com

Alternatively inquiries about this news release can be made to the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369.

All news releases can be accessed at our web site: http://www.bt.com/newscentre

About BT

BT Group plc is the holding company for an integrated group of communications businesses and is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include network centric Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

  • BT Retail, providing fixed and mobile communications services and solutions to more than 20 million business and residential customers in the UK. It is also a leading UK internet services provider.
  • BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband, private circuits and PSTN.
  • BT Global Services, providing ICT services internationally to meet the needs of multi-site organisations with European operations. BT Global Services operates in 136 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended March 31, 2004, BT Group's turnover was £18,519 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,013 million.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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