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Siemens and 3Com form strategic alliance to provide enterprise security and data networking alternative

  • 07 October, 2005 10:18

<p>Sydney, Australia – 7 October 2005 –3Com Corporation and Siemens Communications, Inc., today announced a new global strategic alliance and master reseller agreement to integrate and sell – via Siemens’ direct sales organisation and indirect channels – a range of cost-competitive data networking and enterprise security products, and a full suite of complementary services. The agreement includes edge-to-core switches and routers, Siemens’ portfolio of identity and access management solutions, and 3Com’s network security platform, the TippingPoint™ Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).</p>
<p>Under an existing agreement between the two companies, Siemens will continue to provide lifecycle maintenance services to current 3Com® customers. Building upon this relationship, Siemens and its partners will provide a suite of lifecycle, professional and managed services to new Siemens enterprise customers, who purchase a combination of Siemens and 3Com products for integrated enterprise solutions.</p>
<p>The two companies will also collaborate to develop joint capabilities to enhance their combined enterprise applications and platforms. To help ensure ongoing synchronisation and product synergies, Siemens, which is named a 3Com Strategic Alliance Partner and Master Reseller, will have active participation in strategic product development initiatives at 3Com.</p>
<p>As one of the first integration initiatives, the HiPath Wireless portfolio will be integrated with 3Com's TippingPoint IPS to enhance security capabilities. In addition, 3Com will certify the interoperability of Siemens' HiPath Wireless LAN and its network management platform to help optimise service and management functionality.</p>
<p>While in the early stages, the 3Com-Siemens alliance has already begun to produce results. The following enterprises are a sampling of customers who see the benefits of secure converged networks from 3Com and Siemens:</p>
<p>Ø REIS, a New York City-based national real estate monitoring services firm;</p>
<p>Ø Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, a public charter school based in Washington, D.C.; and</p>
<p>Ø Lake Villa (Illinois) School District No. 41, a Chicago-area district comprised of more than 3,400 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.</p>
<p>“Our focus and ability to execute on selling secure converged networking solutions to the enterprise took another step forward today by adding Siemens to our growing list of strategic relationships,” said 3Com President and CEO, Bruce Claflin. “In the early days of this alliance we have already gained traction, and developed a pipeline of future prospective deals. We look forward to working closely with Siemens to grow our relationship.”</p>
<p>“3Com routers and switches offer cost-effective infrastructure choices required in a competitive market,” said Joe Licata, President, Enterprise Division, Siemens Communications, Inc. “Both companies will continue to develop market leading communications and security applications that drive business value.”</p>
<p>About 3Com Corporation</p>
<p>3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. For further information, please visit www.3com.com, or the press site www.3com.com/pressbox.</p>
<p>About Siemens</p>
<p>Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $91.5 billion in fiscal 2004. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $16.6 billion and employs 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 430,000 people in 192 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com</p>
<p>About Siemens Communications, Inc.</p>
<p>Siemens Communications, Inc. offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company’s portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Siemens Communications, Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/communications</p>
<p>Note: HiPath is a registered trademark of Siemens AG or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.</p>
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<p>This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens and 3Com management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Neither Siemens nor 3Com intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.</p>
<p>Copyright © 2005 3Com Corporation. 3Com and the 3Com logo are registered trademarks and TippingPoint is a trademark of 3Com Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:
Felicity Harrigan
Red Agency
02 9955 7877
felicity.harrigan@redagency.com.au</p>

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