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PeopleSoft and Cisco Complete Initial Collaboration
to Link Applications and Networks
PLEASANTON, CA -- April 5, 1999 -- PeopleSoft and Cisco Systems today
announced the general availability ofCiscoAssure services for PeopleSoft, software and
middleware that will allow customers to prioritize and protect PeopleSoft data traffic on
Cisco networks. PeopleSoft and Cisco have delivered policy templates, implementation
guidelines, and test reports to guide customers in the deployment of CiscoAssure services
on their PeopleSoft systems.
A pivotal component of CiscoAssure is Cisco's QoS Policy Manager, which was announced last
week to help organizations control and automate quality of service (QoS). The CiscoAssure
initiative allows customers to tightly integrate business policies with network behavior,
giving organizations greater control of their resources. The alliance between PeopleSoft
and Cisco delivers a first-of-its kind solution, allowing customers to isolate and protect
applications controlling their most vital operations.
"As applications become more complex and crucial to enterprise success, the networks
that enable those applications need to become more application-aware," said Joe
Hielscher, director of marketing for CiscoAssure at Cisco Systems. "CiscoAssure
enables IT managers to gain control over the application of network resources to
business-critical applications, and to ensure predictable performance and high
availability for these important resources."
"There are few things more important to me as an I.T. professional than knowing that
my PeopleSoft data is being transacted quickly and consistently," said Bill Gemza,
director of IT Projects at United Water Resources Inc. in Harrington Park, New Jersey.
"Testing CiscoAssure on our PeopleSoft system will enable us to demonstrate the
benefits we will reap by using a policy networking product to protect the bandwidth of our
business-critical applications. The ease of use and interoperability guidelines delivered
by PeopleSoft and Cisco with CiscoAssure will allow simplified deployment across a
With the delivery of Cisco QoS Policy Manager, PeopleSoft customers will be able to
improve and control the quality of service for crucial business functions such as
financial transactions and payroll. Early adopters of the PeopleSoft Business Network will
see additional benefits by leveraging CiscoAssure. Application-aware networking will allow
organizations to make PeopleSoft content available to a much broader base of users
throughout the enterprise.
"Today's announcement with Cisco marks progress toward the goal we set last year --
to speed the flow of critical PeopleSoft business information on Cisco networks,"
said Marc Stillman, vice president of the Alliance Solution Center at PeopleSoft.
"This alliance also provides a key performance foundation for the PeopleSoft Business
Network, which is designed to bring relevant information to every person in the
enterprise, giving people the power to do their jobs more efficiently and
"KPMG is ready and willing to assist customers in the deployment of PeopleSoft
applications with CiscoAssure solutions," said Michael Donahue, global
partner-in-charge of the PeopleSoft practice at KPMG LLP. "With the proliferation of
vital networked applications being deployed across the enterprise, we see great value in
the combination of PeopleSoft applications and CiscoAssure. Customers will be able to
protect the PeopleSoft applications that run their most important business processes,
assuring operational confidence and the ability to safely deploy other applications."
Proven Network Protection
Cisco labs and the PeopleSoft Alliance Solution Center have independently established that
CiscoAssure services are highly effective in protecting PeopleSoft network traffic. When
Cisco Policy-based Quality of Service was applied to a PeopleSoft system on a congested
network, PeopleSoft transaction times remained consistent, even as other network traffic
experienced high levels of congestion. For more information on CiscoAssure, see http://www.cisco.com/ciscoassure.
PeopleSoft (NASDAQ: PSFT) is a global supplier of enterprise application software for
business, education, and government. PeopleSoft solutions for manufacturing, supply chain,
financial, project and human resource management are used by more than 2,900 customers
worldwide. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, PeopleSoft employs more than 6,600
people and had 1998 revenues of $1.3 billion. PeopleSoft is on the World Wide Web at