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Cisco Announces Investment to Focus on Data Center Development


Subsidiary Created Through Financial Commitment to Nuova Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 10, 2006 - Cisco Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that it has made an investment in Nuova Systems, Inc. to accelerate next-generation product development in the data center. As a result of Cisco’s financial commitment, Nuova Systems will become a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco.

Cisco has committed certain technology and $50 million of funding to Nuova Systems with the possibility of up to $42 million in additional funding in the future. The subsidiary will be approximately 80% owned by Cisco, with the remaining 20% interest held by employees of the subsidiary. Because of Cisco’s majority ownership interest, the accounts of the subsidiary will be consolidated with the accounts of Cisco starting in fiscal year 2007.

As part of the agreement, Cisco has the option to purchase the remaining 20% interest in this subsidiary. Should Cisco decide to exercise this option, the transaction would occur in late fiscal year 2008 or early fiscal year 2009. The potential payouts made under the call option are primarily based on the success of Nuova Systems’ products sold through Cisco, with a minimum potential payout of $10 million and a maximum total payout of $578 million.

Innovation has always been at the core of Cisco’s engineering and development efforts, and the company’s unique approach to innovation continues to be through internal development, partnerships and acquisitions and investments. Cisco’s relationship with Nuova Systems is an example of how the company is able to use its investment capabilities to expand its opportunities within a key emerging area.

Nuova Systems’ product development efforts will complement Cisco’s current data center product portfolio which includes the Catalyst 6500, Cisco’s core enterprise networking platform, the MDS line of storage switches, SFS server networking switches and application networking solutions for accelerating applications within the data center and to the rest of the enterprise.

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About Nuova Systems

Nuova Systems has 76 employees and is based in Santa Clara, California. Nuova Systems was founded by leaders in the networking and data center space, including former Cisco executive Mario Mazzola.
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