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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire AXIOSS Software Assets

Cisco today announced its intent to acquire AXIOSS software assets that is designed to allow Cisco to Enable Service Providers to Generate New Revenue Opportunities.

SAN JOSE, Calif., READING, United Kingdom, HELSINKI, Finland – August 21, 2011 – Cisco today announced its intent to acquire service fulfillment software assets and associated employees from the UK subsidiary (formerly Axiom Systems) of parent company Comptel Corporation (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: CTL1V). The acquisition will enable Cisco to extend network and service management technologies across its next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) network platforms and enable service providers to more quickly and efficiently launch new video, data, mobility and cloud services to their customers.

“As more users, connected mobile Internet devices and bandwidth intensive applications drive the explosive growth in IP-based networks, service providers continue to invest in their infrastructure to support customers’ needs,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Network Management Technology Group (NMTG), Cisco. “With the acquisition of AXIOSS software and talent, we will help enable service providers to generate greater profits using a single management architecture to drive quick monetization and optimization of their Cisco network investments.”

Cisco will acquire the AXIOSS software suite, a fulfillment platform that strengthens the Cisco service provider management offering by automating ordering and fulfillment. The software will provide management capabilities for network services across Cisco’s five company priorities, and it will enhance Cisco Prime, which enables service providers to better manage their networks and network services. By integrating service management and fulfillment capabilities into Cisco Prime, Cisco continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovate around the convergence of services and networks.

“Through the acquisition of AXIOSS software and talent we will be investing in a unique set of technology and skills in the UK that will be a valuable addition to Cisco’s network management portfolio,” said Jordi Ferrer, managing director, UK Service Provider and Media, Cisco. “Cisco will deliver network management technology and services that will help service providers significantly increase the speed and lower the costs of delivering a wide range of voice, video and data services to their customers.”
The AXIOSS software suite has already been integrated into the Cisco managed services solutions. The Cisco Advanced Services operational support systems practice will offer implementation, customization and integration services for the Cisco Prime fulfillment platform as a result of the acquisition.

The AXIOSS team will bring strong software development and professional services skills to support the Cisco Prime platform. Upon the close of the acquisition, the AXIOSS team will be integrated into the Cisco NMTG and Cisco Advanced Services Group.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $31 million in cash for the acquisition. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to be complete in the third quarter of calendar year 2011.
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Cisco SP Routers on a Fast Track

For Cisco’s ASR and CRS families of routers, the roll continues . . . even faster than ever.

Cisco today announced four more service provider deployments of Cisco solutions, including the ASR 9000 edge routing system, the CRS-3 core routing system and the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6.

  • Scandinavian mobile operator 3, a division of Hutchison 3G, is deploying the ASR 9000 to deliver 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, including faster mobile Internet and video,  via its converged IP NGN.
  • Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is deploying the ASR 9000 to aggregate and distribute enhanced video, data and voice services throughout its converged IP NGN.
  • Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S., is deploying the CRS-3 and ASR 9000 to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services.
  • Consolidated Communications has deployed the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System to support new and upgraded services, and it also selected the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6 to help enable existing IPv4 users to easily transition to IPv6.

These announcements add to the impressive list of service provider deployments announced in recent months.

ASR 9000 deployments announced include Polish Telecom, PCCW (Hong Kong), US Signal, Comcast (U.S.), China Telecom, Tata (India), FastWeb (Italy), Cox Communications (U.S.), NTT Plala (Japan), NBC (U.S.), Main One Cable (Nigeria), MegaFon (Russia), Texas Lone Star Network (U.S.) and North State Communications (U.S.).

On the CRS side, there have been the following announcements: Polish Telecom, Tiscali (Italy), Main One Cable (Nigeria), Hong Kong Broadband Network and du (United Arab Emirates).

In addition, new analyst reports just out add further evidence of Cisco’s market leadership:  Cisco gained market share in service provider routing and switching in the second quarter of 2011, according to key reports issued this week by research firms Synergy and ACG Research.  Cisco has gained core routing market share in four straight quarters and edge share two quarters in a row.  Said ACG Research, “With 50.8% of the total market share, Cisco, the market leader, is rapidly moving on its next-generation switching and routing products across the entire fixed and modular…segments.”

Smart+Connected Communities at C-Scape 2011

Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions and Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer talk about the value of industry analysts and their appreciation of these “Conceptual Thinkers” after an analyst roundtable session they hosted on S+CC at C-Scape 2011. The robust and highly interactive discussion with industry analysts was highlighted by the participation of  John Stenlake, CTO, Living PlanIT, who offered insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal.

The Value of Analyst Feedback @ C-Scape 2011
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions httpv://

Appreciation of Conceptual Thinkers – The Industry Analysts
Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer httpv://

Living PlanIT @ C-Scape 2011
John Stenlake, CTO, provides insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal httpv://

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Top-Tier Law Firm Minter-Ellison Selects Cisco Quad

Last week Cisco announced that Minter-Ellison, one of the largest full-service law firms in the Asia Pacific region, selected Quad as their collaborative workspace, supporting their ‘One Firm’ vision. This is part of a broader rollout of Cisco technology by Minter-Ellison to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between their 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff based in Australia, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

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Cisco’s Catalyst 6500: Ready to embrace the next wave of networking challenges

As Mark Twain supposedly wrote, ‘rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated’ – a phrase that certainly rings true for Cisco’s Catalyst 6500.

With a raft of new innovations recently announced at Cisco Live, competitors that were struggling to catch-up with the last iteration of this flagship switch have now seen their goalposts shift yet again.

The latest innovations provide Catalyst 6500 customers with the capability to evolve their network infrastructure for the coming decade’s  proliferation of connected devices, growth of video traffic, cloud computing business models and increasingly mobile workforces—without requiring “rip and replace” upgrades.

So, once again, Cisco continues to deliver business-enhancing innovation and investment protection for its customers – and with a platform that many had wrongly assumed was dead. Amongst the enhancements announced were:

–          Yet another ‘industry first’ with seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform
–          New network virtualisation capabilities
–          A comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a revamped implementation of NetFlow.

The real key though is the introduction of the highly anticipated Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T, a 2-terabit card that unlocks 80 gigabits per second per slot, new feature-rich 10-gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet line cards, and next-generation borderless services that provide customers with new mobility, security, network analysis and load balancing capabilities.

The new supervisor engine provides a threefold increase on throughput capability. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.

All new line cards and the 2 Tbps supervisor are compatible with all Cisco E-Series chassis models, offering minimal intervention to the existing Catalyst 6500 E-Series infrastructure. This compatibility prevents rip-and-replace upgrades that jeopardize a customer’s network uptime and require additional personnel, expenses and time.

The video below features Kumar Srikantan, Cisco’s VP of Marketing for the Scalable Networks Business Unit, as he talks about the latest updates to the Catalyst 6500, why Cisco and our customers are so excited about them and what it means for the broader industry.  Enjoy!

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