News Release

Cisco Routers Begin Shipping With IPXWAN Software

Ensuring Seamless IPX Transmission Across WAN Media
May 31, 1994

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 31, 1994 -- Cisco Systems, Inc., today beginsshipping internetwork routers that support the Novell IPXWAN protocol,allowing Novell servers and Cisco routers to interoperate over wide-areanetwork (WAN) communication links.

IPXWAN support is the result of an August 1993Cisco-Novell strategicpartnership designed to ensure interoperability between Cisco routers andNovell NetWare products. Another phase of the agreement -- thecertification of Cisco routers as compliant with Novell NetWare products --was completed in February 1994.

Christine Hemrick, director of product marketing for Cisco's IOStechnology, said, "As the first major router vendor to ship IPXWAN,Ciscois providing Novell customers with explicit assurance that their NetWareservers will be fully interoperable with the most widely deployed family ofrouters in the industry. Novell users now have additional options forlinking their systems for wide area communication."

IPXWAN is a protocol introduced by Novell as a means of exchanging linkconfiguration information prior to sending standard IPX traffic over WANdata links. At Interop 93 August, Cisco demonstrated an IPX-enabled routercommunicating across a WAN link to a Novell NetWare MPR Plus system runningon a personal computer.

Cisco has supported the Novell IPX protocol in its routers since 1989,and earlier this year enhanced its IPX support in the areas of performance,security, prioritization, migration and WAN access.

IPXWAN support is available as a standard feature included with thenewest version of Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) routersoftware which begins shipping today. Users with existing softwaremaintenance contracts can upgrade installed units at no additional cost.

Cisco Systems, Inc., is the leading worldwide supplier ofhigh-performance, multimedia and multiprotocol internetworking products,including routers, bridges, workgroup systems for 10-Mbps/100-Mbps datatransmission, ATM switches, communication servers, and router managementsoftware. Cisco technology is used to build enterprise-wide networkslinking an unlimited number of geographically dispersed LANs, WANs and IBMSNA networks. In the United States, Cisco is traded over the counter underthe NASDAQ symbol CSCO.

Posted: May 31 08:37:47 1994