Transaction Network Services and Cisco Join Forces to Offer End-to-End Networking Solutions
With a Cisco Powered Network, TNS Offers Customers Reliable, Secure and High-Performance IP Services
RESTON, Va. -- December 2, 1997 -- Transaction Network Services, Inc.(TNS), a leading transaction-oriented data communications provider, andCisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet,today announced that they are combining efforts to offer advanced,end-to-end networking solutions.
With a Cisco Powered Network, TNS offers customers reliable, secure andhigh-performance extranet services. The relationship highlights TNS's andCisco's focus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to deliverenhanced connectivity and network-based applications to buy-and-sell-sidefinancial institutions.
"Cisco shares our vision that IP services are the foundation for deliveringstandards-based, intelligent business solutions, thus providing ourcustomers with strategic competitive advantages and 21st centuryconnectivity today," said John Schanz, vice president and general managerof TNS's financial services division. "By working with the recognizedworldwide leader in networking for Internet technology, we can assure ourcustomers that the extranet services we offer lead the industry inreliability, performance and innovation."
TNS's FastLink. Data Service, which incorporates Cisco Systems equipmentand Cisco IOS software, routes Financial Information eXchange (FIX)protocol messaging over a secure TCP/IP network designed, operated andmaintained by TNS. The FIX message protocol facilitates the electroniccommunication of indications of interest, orders and execution reports thatare normally phoned between equities traders. TNS was the firstindependent network services provider to develop a secure data transportservice for the investment community that meets all of the requirementsdeveloped by the FIX consortium.
"TNS made a significant commitment to build a secure, reliable networkspecifically designed to facilitate financial transactions," said EdwardKozel, chief technology officer of Cisco Systems. "We have known the keytechnical staff at TNS for years and this relationship will enable TNScustomers to be confident that this partnership will deliver a high levelof network interoperability and performance, as well as new, advanced, anddifferentiated services."
The Cisco Powered Network designation - including use of the Cisco PoweredNetwork logo to brand its services and marketing support materials -acknowledges TNS's ability to provide innovative services and increasecustomer confidence in the performance and reliability of services and thebenefits of using Cisco equipment and software end to end.
About Transaction Network Services
Transaction Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNSI), headquartered in Reston,Va., provides data communications services for transaction-orientedapplications. Additional company information is available on the TNS Website at http://www.tnsi.com.
About Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco news and information are available at http://www.cisco.com.
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