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Cisco, IBM Expand Alliance

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco(R) (NASDAQ: CSCO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the expansion of
their Global Services Alliance and their collaboration to provide product
maintenance services for mutual enterprise customers in 46 new countries.
This collaboration builds on the success that IBM and Cisco have seen within
the United States and means that IBM customers who purchase Cisco networking
technology solutions will now get a globally consistent level of IT
infrastructure support. The collaboration includes IBM's extensive
service-delivery capabilities and Cisco's technical expertise in one
integrated support offering.

"This is a significant evolution in our Global Services Alliance,"
said Karl Meulema vice president, Cisco services marketing and channels.
"Providing a collaborative maintenance service offering means our mutual
customers will no longer need to choose between Cisco networking skills or
IBM multivendor systems integrator capabilities. Instead customers get the
collective expertise of both companies, combining the best of both worlds."

"We have been working together on these service offerings in the United
States for the past three years and are excited to offer a broader global
customer experience by expanding our efforts into additional markets around
the world," said Robert Kritzer, vice president, IBM-Cisco Strategic
Alliance, IBM Global Technology Services. "Our relationship with Cisco
allows us to provide our customers with a single resource to seamlessly and
rapidly integrate business processes, industry knowledge, information
technologies and the intelligence of the network."

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

IBM Corp.