SAN JOSE, Calif. & TOKYO, Dec. 7 -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Cisco Systems Inc. have announced a strategic alliance focusing on routers and switches that will enable service providers and enterprises to build advanced Internet protocol (IP) networks. The companies said they 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.
The alliance will initially focus on the Japanese market in several key areas:
The companies will collaborate on development of Cisco's IOS-XR operating system for multiterabit routers. This is the first time Cisco has joined with another communications equipment manufacturer in router operating system development.
Fujitsu will offer Fujitsu and Cisco co-branded routing products running IOS-XR to telecommunications service providers in Japan. Fujitsu said it will respond to the strict quality demands of Japan's telecommunications service providers by offering networking systems with even higher levels of reliability. Fujitsu plans to release the first co-branded product in the spring of 2005.
Fujitsu will offer telecommunications service providers and enterprise users comprehensive network solutions that combine specific networking products with servers and other computing equipment.
The companies will work closely together on test and integration processes to ensure carrier-class quality requirements are met as well as offering service and support.
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