On route to an alliance

Fujitsu and Cisco Systems are entering into a strategic alliance focusing on routers and switches that will enable service providers and enterprises to build advanced Internet Protocol networks.

Fujitsu and Cisco Systems 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 co-operation in routing and switching, and collaborate on continuous quality improvement, enhanced support and service.

“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,” added Chiaki Ito.

Fujitsu said in a statement that 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.

Through this agreement, which will will initially focus on the Japanese market, the companies will take advantage of Cisco’s IP technologies and Fujitsu’s expertise in high-reliability and high-availability technologies to quickly and continually bring networking products to market.

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