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Cisco Systems Optical and SAN Technology Underpins High- Availability HP Managed Data Centre Services in EMEA

Cisco technology and HP Services help HP increase data resilience and utilise existing resources more effectively, at one-fifth of the cost of expanding data centre capacity

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France, February 23, 2005 - Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), announced today that its optical transport and storage area network (SAN) technology solutions are being deployed to help improve the management and resilience of HP's business and mission-critical data throughout the company's European operation. Cisco and HP are also working together to enable HP to offer a highly resilient and robust data management service to new and existing customers based on the new optical and SAN infrastructure.

HP Services is using the Cisco equipment to link its two European data centres - which are 84kms apart - at Grenoble and Isle d'Abeau in France. This has created a highly resilient network infrastructure supporting more than 41 terabytes of data and distributed applications running across more than 250 HP ProLiant servers. According to HP, the overall solution is five times more cost-effective than extending the storage capacity of existing data centres.

"The Cisco optical networking and SAN solution is one of the first of its kind to be deployed in HP and it demonstrates how organisations can use networking technology to optimise existing resources and protect investments, whilst improving performance and reducing operating costs," said Marcus Chambers, Director of Operations, Storage & Optical Business, Cisco Systems EMEA.

Cisco and HP collaborate in developing and delivering integrated solutions to help customers implement intelligent building, IP Communications (IP Telephony and IP Contact Center), network management, network services and support, mobility and wireless, and network storage.

At its two European data centres, HP deployed the Cisco ONS 15540 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical transport platform to provide the high-capacity link between the data centres with Cisco Catalyst® 6509 switches and Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer SAN Directors. This helps maximise network uptime at both data centres.

"As part of its pan-European data centre consolidation effort, HP determined that expanding capacity in France and networking two data centres was a better proposition than physically expanding one of the data centers," said Patrick de Marcillac, European infrastructure manager, HP. "Thanks to this solution developed with Cisco, we now have an infrastructure that will enable us to offer more data management services to our customers. Through the strong synergy of the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy and Cisco's Intelligent Information Network vision, HP and Cisco are creating and growing new markets while we continue to deliver the best 'total customer experience.'"

Cisco Systems and HP have a long-standing strategic alliance that delivers comprehensive Internet business solutions and services that improve the productivity of customers' entire businesses, enabling them to realise measurable business value from their IP-based investments. The companies collaborate in a wide range of technology and market segments, including the area of data centre infrastructure. They provide customers with a single, global resource for all infrastructure, platform, application integration and services requirements from design to deployment to support. HP is Cisco's only Global Certified Gold Partner and is an Advanced Technology Programme (ATP) partner for Optical solutions in EMEA.

About Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, celebrates 20 years of commitment to technology innovation, industry leadership and corporate social responsibility. Information on Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. Cisco equipment in Europe is supplied by Cisco Systems International BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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