BANGKOK, Thailand - 5 March 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, will be demonstrating its latest high-performance Internet Routing and IPv6 solutions at APRICOT 2002. The non-profit event is the Asia Pacific region's premier Internet event where the movers and shakers in the industry gather to discusspolicies as well as get updates and training on next-generation internetworking technologies.
Cisco is continuing its support for APRICOT with Platinum sponsorship of APRICOT 2002 as well as providing 802.11b Wireless LAN connectivity for the event. Delegates, exhibitors, conference staff and visitors will enjoy secure and high-speed Internet Access through the Wireless Instant Internet Access Program (www.apricot2002.net/program/wireless.html). With Cisco Aironet 350 series Access Points strategically located throughout the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, delegates can loan a Cisco Aironet 350 series Client Adapter and access both the APRICOT event web site and the Internet anywhere within the center.
In addition, Dr Stephen Deering (Dr Deering's biodata is available at: http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/innovators/Core_IP/Stephen_Deering.html), a Cisco Fellow and a member of Cisco's Advanced Internet Architectures Group, will be presenting a keynote on IPv6. Dr Deering is an internationally recognized authority on networking and the IP protocol. He co-invented IP multicast, and was the lead designer of IPv6. He is an active participant in the Internet Research Task Force's End to End Research Group, a member of the Internet Architecture Board, and Co-Chair of the IETF's IPv6 Working Group..
"Having a major Internet event like APRICOT staged in Thailand is a major boost for Thailand and a recognition of the advances that the country has made in the Internet and telecommunications sectors," said Vorkon Patra-Yanan, Managing Director for Cisco Systems in Thailand. "The technologies and solutions that Cisco will be showcasing at the event such as High-speed Internet Routing, IPv6, MPLS, DPT, BGP Multicast as well as the deployment of Cisco's Wireless LAN at the convention center, will demonstrate our leadership and ability to partner with service providers in building complex and highly-reliable internetworks in the region."
High-speed Internet RoutingIP routing is the foundation of the Internet and arguably one of the most important technologies of the past 20 years. Thanks to IP routing technology, we have connected the world together with a "network of networks". Innovation in IP routing is one of Cisco's strongest commitments. Cisco's next generation routing technology includes multi-gigabit per second performance, advanced quality of service capability, layer 4-7 intelligence, integration with layer 2 switching, and more.
Recent market reports showed Cisco extending its market leadership in the 10 Gigabit high-end routing segment with the flagship 12400 family of Internet Routers. According to Infonetics Research, Cisco gained core router revenue market share for the third consecutive quarter in the fourth quarter of 2001, with 79% of the market. Networking market research firm Dell'Oro Group confirmed Cisco's gains saying the company extended its share of the market during the fourth quarter.
Cisco's customer value proposition is unmatched in the industry. Cisco's investment protection capabilities respect the customers' investments, enabling them to preserve all of their line cards as they upgrade to the new 12400 platforms In addition, all 12400 family products have modular, upgradeable switch fabrics, enabling future upgrades to capacities beyond 10G. Cisco is the only vendor who can meet customer requirements for space-constrained small and medium POPs (points of presence) today.
Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6, is a new Internet standard that increases IP's ability to scale to billions of users and Internet appliances. IPv6 will add to the pool of available IP addresses to provide support for a virtually unlimited number of users and devices. The primary value of IPv6 is in its ability to support an application independent Internet. The current version, IPv4, was adapted to accommodate the rapid growth of Internet use in a way that will not support some of the new applications.
As a growing number of Internet enabled devices emerge, the shortage of IP addresses is a problem that is beginning to impact organizations on a global scale. Mobile phones, automobiles and even refrigerators will all soon require their own IP addresses on the Internet. IPv4, the current Internet standard cannot support this rapid growth.
Cisco's position as a leading vendor in the networking industry gives it a unique opportunity to help rectify this situation. To this end, Cisco is taking a leadership role in developing and implementing IPv6. Cisco delivered the industry's first IPv6 solution in May 2001 and has made available the second phase of IPv6 features in Cisco IOS® Software, and across the widest breadth of platforms in the industry.
Cisco and APRICOT
Cisco Systems has been involved and actively supported APRICOT since the first event in Singapore in 1996. Today, two Cisco employees, Dr Philip Smith and Ole Jacobsen, sit on the APRICOT Executive Committee. Dr Smith, Consulting Engineer for Internet Architecture, Cisco Systems, is a respected architect of Internet Service Provider networks in the region. Ole Jacobsen is the Editor and Publisher of the Internet Protocol Journal (www.cisco.com/ipj), an informational and educational resource for engineering professionals involved in the design, development, and operation of public and private internets and intranets. Jacobsen has been active in the computer networking field since 1976 when he went to work for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, an early ARPANET site.
APRICOT is a forum that facilitates knowledge sharing among key Internet builders in the region, with peers and leaders from the Internet community worldwide. Since 1996, APRICOT has established itself as Asia Pacific's premier regional Internet Summit where related organizations converge and host their annual general meetings and other special events. More information available at: www.apricot2002.net.
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