News Release

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Netsys Technologies

Transaction adds to enterprise network management offerings
Nov 19, 1996

Transaction adds to enterprise network management offerings

SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 19, 1996 - Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced it has completed the purchase of privately held Netsys Technologies through a stock purchase.

By the terms of the October 14 agreement, Cisco common stock worth approximately $79 million was exchanged for all outstanding shares and options of Netsys Technologies, a pioneer in network infrastructure management and performance analysis software. Cisco has had a strategic reseller agreement with and held a minority equity interest in Netsys since February 1995.

Cisco will integrate Netsys' network infrastructure management tools with Cisco IOS technologiesto simplify network management and planning for customers. By leveraging the graphical World Wide Weband Internet technology to manage today's hybrid internetworks, Netsys' standards-based software technology helps provide a consistent and overarching network management capability that is an important complement to emerging Web-based management solutions. Use of network modeling, planning and analysis helps network managers consolidate their Multimedia and multiprotocol networks and support multivendor network infrastructures. Netsys' approximately 50 employees, headed by CEO Herb Madan, are now part of Cisco's Central Engineering team headed by Vice President Stu Phillips.

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