News Release

Cisco Systems and PeopleSoft Deliver Quality of Service Guidelines for Business-Critical Enterprise Solutions

Performance Protected with Optimized Network Interaction
Apr 05, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- April 5, 1999 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. and PeopleSoft, Inc. today announced optimization of performance and reliability of PeopleSoft applications on Cisco-intelligent networks using the CiscoAssure quality of service (QoS) solution.

PeopleSoft and Cisco will deliver implementation guidelines, application-profiling templates for CiscoAssure, and test reports enabling QoS for business-critical PeopleSoft applications. Customers can ensure performance of vital transactions by deploying Cisco QoS Policy Manager according to the new guidelines, using the intelligent Cisco infrastructure. Business-critical applications, where Cisco QoS Policy Manager is properly deployed, will be protected from degradation caused by the dramatic increase in web-based traffic.

The recent introduction of Cisco QoS Policy Manager now completes the scope of products fulfilling the CiscoAssure roadmap, which offers the industry's first end-to-end policy networking solution. Cisco QoS Policy Manager offers centralized policy control and automated policy deployment product protecting business-critical applications performance across the entire network.

PeopleSoft and its customers can now take full advantage of the QoS features available across an application-aware, intelligent infrastructure consisting of Cisco router platforms and Cisco Catalyst switches.

"Based on test results that verify significant performance benefits, we recommend that our customers deploy CiscoAssure in their PeopleSoft environments," said Marc Stillman, vice president of the Alliance Solutions Center at PeopleSoft. "Our enterprise customers will receive more predictable performance and higher availability using CiscoAssure with their PeopleSoft solutions."

"Cisco and PeopleSoft are critical components of the infrastructure that supports the utility segment of the 7.5 million people we serve, across 19 states and in Canada," said Bill Gemza, director of IT projects at United Water Resources, Inc. at Harrington Park, New Jersey. "We are pleased that these industry-leading vendors are working together to strengthen their joint solutions which will ease our ability to manage and deploy application-aware QoS policies. We anticipate that this solution will enable us to improve service to both our internal and external customers creating a winning environment for everyone."

"The ability to prioritize network resources based on business objectives will be of great value to our customers, as in the case of United Water Resources," said Pete Abene, management director of Technical Infrastructure Global Alliance at EDS. "In order to achieve true mission-critical prioritization of applications, customers need to know the required network performance will be achieved."

Value of Cisco Network for PeopleSoft

Cisco intelligent networks provide unprecedented policy-based QoS support for PeopleSoft applications. Cisco provides the depth of QoS capabilities needed, and the breadth of products required for end-to-end deployment in enterprise scale networks. Its application-aware networking capabilities can distinguish the business critical PeopleSoft transactions that require priority service. Additionally, CiscoAssure Policy Networking provides policy-based management of network-wide QoS services.

The Cisco QoS Policy Manager completes delivery of the second phase of the CiscoAssure initiative. Cisco Network Registrar supplies IP name and address registration with directory integration; Cisco IOS. software version 12.0 offers standards-based, feature-rich QoS services in a single integrated software release; Cisco router platforms and Cisco Catalyst. 5000/5500, 6000/6500 and 8500 family switches now have proven QoS, security, and voice features; Cisco Security Manager provides policy-based configuration of security services; and Cisco CallManager call routing and voice services in campus networks.