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Infonet, Cisco Team to Offer Global Enterprise

Infonet Services Corp. Monday teamed with Cisco Systems Inc. to offer secure, global virtual private networks.

Infonet (IN) plans to use Cisco's (CSCO) IP VPN solutions, including Multi Protocol Label Switching capabilities and IPSec technology to achieve increased scalability, reduced network costs and the ability to offer a more diversified intranet to its customers.

Infonet's enhanced Global IP VPN service will allow multinational enterprises to enjoy a lower total cost of ownership in running business-to-business applications and communications over the public Internet in addition to the security of a VPN.

The new global IP VPN service is built on Cisco's 12000 series Gigabit Switch Router for the optical IP networking core backbone, 7500 series and 7200 series routers for edge routing and a mix of Cisco 2500, 2600 and 3600 series routers for deployment at the customer premises.

In June 1999, Infonet began deploying the additional equipment and MPLS technology necessary for the new VPN solution including multiple Cisco 12008 GSRs, 7500 and 2600 series routers. The company will roll out the secure Internet VPN service in 21 countries beginning in March, with plans to expand service to 61 countries through 87 points of presence over the next two years.

"Cisco and Infonet have combined forces to help create a better, faster and less expensive network infrastructure that supports high-value integrated communications services," said Larry Lang, vice president of marketing for Cisco's service provider line of business.

"With a New World network and its VPN infrastructure firmly in place, Infonet ensures that its customers will always have the newest networking capabilities to support initiatives such as electronic commerce and voice/video/data integration."

Infonet provides Internet, intranet, ATM, electronic commerce and integrated voice/data solutions as well as a full suite of messaging and collaborative products and services. Infonet's services are supported locally in more than 60 countries and territories around the world.