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Cisco MGX 8850 Receives ComNet/DC '99 New Product Achievement Award

Cisco Garners Top Honors for Second Year in a Row More
Jan 29, 1999

Cisco Garners Top Honors for Second Year in a Row

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- January 29, 1999 -- Cisco Systems announced today that its MGX 8850 wide-area switch won the highly coveted "Best New Network Infrastructure Product Award" at ComNet/DC '99. Winners were chosen by non-exhibitor attendees who cast their votes during the show.

The New Product Achievement Awards were given for the year's best new products in networking, data and telecommunications. Cisco's MGX 8850 was selected as a finalist earlier this week, and then announced as the winner in the network infrastructure category at the New Product Achievement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, January 27th. Category finalists were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the trade and business press, industry research firms, the financial community and academia. Products were evaluated on the basis of innovation, industry contribution, integration with current product lines, migration capabilities and return on investment.

"With over 300 exhibiting companies introducing new products and services at ComNet, we are honored to be chosen for this prestigious award," said Kevin Kennedy, senior vice president of Cisco's Service Provider Line of Business. "Cisco's MGX 8850 provides a new-world platform that offers the flexibility service providers need to be first to market with the services their customers demand."

Cisco's MGX 8850 wide-area switch joins Cisco's portfolio of IP+ATM solutions, integrating Cisco IOS. software IP capabilities and carrier-class ATM in a single platform. Featuring the industry's widest breadth of service interfaces, the MGX 8850 switch enables delivery of a complete portfolio of differentiated service offerings.

This is the second year that Cisco has been honored at ComNet, having also won a New Product Achievement Award at ComNet '98 for the Gigabit Switch Router (GSR) 12008 in the Internetworking Technology category.

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