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Fujitsu and Cisco Collaborate to Enhance Network Switch Management and Reliability


Tokyo, December 21, 2005 — Fujitsu Limited, a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace, and Cisco Systems, K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced that they will collaborate to enhance network management and reliability for large enterprises and service providers in Japan. Specifically, Fujitsu Proactnes/SN will be made compatible with Cisco’s Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) capabilities integrated on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches. The collaboration is based on the strategic alliance announced by Fujitsu and Cisco in December 2004.
Fujitsu Proactnes/SN network operational management software provides such management functions as configuration, routing, provisioning, and service operation monitoring. Cisco’s GOLD defines a common framework for diagnostics operations and checks the health of hardware components and verifies proper operation of the system data and control planes. Through this collaboration, customers will be able to utilize the network operational management software’s easy to operate screen to analyze network condition without having to execute complex commands, thereby enabling proactive diagnosis of potential hardware failures in the system.
Background on the Alliance
In today’s networked world, network reliability and availability have become essential not only to network service providers but to the business infrastructures of corporate networks as well.
In December 2004 Cisco Systems, Inc. and Fujitsu Limited announced a strategic alliance focusing on routers and switches, and have since worked on developing and delivering solutions in these fields. In order to respond to the market need for high-availability networking, the two companies are now leveraging their respective strengths to integrate their network infrastructure technologies as well as network management and operational expertise to provide solutions for the Japanese market in the realm of preventative maintenance.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. For more information, please see

About Cisco Systems, K.K.
Established in 1992, Cisco Systems, K.K. is the Japanese subsidiary of U.S-based Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), a leading global provider of networking equipment for Internet/intranet platforms. Cisco provides a wide range of end-to-end networking products throughout the world, including the Cisco router series, Catalyst LAN switches, hardware for ATM, frame relay, and other services, the Cisco IOS router control software, which is a defacto industry standard, and new networking technologies, such as VoIP. For an overview and further details on Cisco Systems, K.K., please see the following link:


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