News Release

Cisco Systems Selects Oracle8 for Internal Use, Network-Services Products

New Database Features Will Enhance Support for Employees, Customers and Partners
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Jun 24, 1997



NEW YORK -- June 24, 1997 -- Cisco Systems Inc. today announced support of Oracle8(TM),Oracle's next-generation database for network computing. Cisco will upgrade to Oracle8 insupport of critical internal business processes, and will use Oracle8 as the database enginefor a set of network-services products.

Oracle8, the Database for Network ComputingTM, manages large amounts of information securely,reliably and economically over computer networks. Oracle8 is a versatile information platformthat enables high-speed transactions, better business decisions, and sophisticatedobject-relational applications. Built on a foundation of proven technology, Oracle8 isdesigned to lower an organization's computing costs, manage all types of data, and deliverfaster information access to all kinds of users.

Cisco, the world's largest user of Oracleorder entry, manufacturing and financial applications software, will migrate to Oracle8 tosupport the company's growth, increase value-added services to customers and business partners,and further increase the efficiency of internal company processes.

Cisco productsincorporating Oracle8 will be server-based systems designed to assist in scaling largenetworks, in both corporate and service-provider settings. Oracle8's database technology willbe used in products where a reliable, scaleable database is required to support the deliveryof network services such as security, authentication, service-provisioning and billing. Theproducts are expected to be available by the end of 1997.

Oracle database technology andthe applications built on it are critical components of Cisco's global networked businessmodel, which gives employees, customers and business partners easy, open access to all theinformation needed to operate at maximum efficiency. "We especially value the object-relationaltechnology, recovery and replication features in Oracle8," said Peter Solvik, vice presidentand chief information officer of Cisco. "These and other improvements in Oracle8 will allowCisco to give our customers and business partners an ever-higher level of support and businessefficiency."

"Oracle's power, flexibility, and manageability gives our partners, likeCisco, the technology to offer products and services that streamline their customers' computingenvironment," said Gary Bloom, senior vice president of Oracle's Worldwide and AlliancesTechnologies Division. "Oracle8 is an intelligent and automated database platform thatmaximizes uptime, allows for detailed administrator control and tuning, and simplifiesoperations through an intuitive Web-based console."

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