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 Fujitsu and Cisco Form Strategic Alliance
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Message Text: Fujitsu Limited and Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that they have reached a fundamental agreement to enter into a strategic alliance focusing on routers and switches that will enable service providers and enterprises to build advanced Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Under this collaboration, Fujitsu and Cisco will carry out joint development of high-end routers, plan future cooperation in routing and switching, and collaborate on continuous quality improvement, enhanced support and service.

"Partnering is a strategic imperative for companies such as Cisco and Fujitsu to address service providers' and enterprise customer requirements," said Mike Volpi, senior vice president of Cisco's Routing Technology Group. "Forming a strategic alliance with Fujitsu enables us to combine resources so we can deliver on those requirements with value-added, industry-leading networking solutions."

"Telecommunications service provider networks must support the highest quality service levels and be built upon the best technologies available," said Chiaki Ito, corporate executive vice president, Fujitsu Limited. "Together, Fujitsu and Cisco have unparalleled technology depth, and through the joint development and other collaborative efforts we are embarking upon, we will be able to address service providers' needs with even higher quality systems and innovative solutions."

IP-based networking products such as routers and switches are central elements of future network infrastructures, and the performance and quality of these products will have a major impact on network systems overall. This is especially true for telecommunication service provider networks, where they will play a vital and essential role in determining the service and quality levels that providers can offer.

Through this agreement, the companies will take advantage of Cisco's worldwide leadership in IP technologies and Fujitsu's industry-leading expertise in high-reliability and high-availability technologies to quickly and continually bring to market world-class networking products.
 
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