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October 14, 2008 08:00 ET

Enter the Cisco 'Think Inside the Box' Developer Contest; US$100,000 in Total Prize Money for Winning Teams

Develop Integrated Applications on the Cisco Integrated Services Router Using the Application Extension Platform

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) --

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  • Cisco invites you to compete with the best developers around the world by participating in the Cisco "Think Inside the Box" Developer Contest. Entrants have the opportunity to develop a proposal to build exciting applications for the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP) platform on the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR). Cisco will award a first prize (US$50,000), second prize (US$30,000) and third prize (US$20,000) to the person or team of innovators for the most creative and compelling entries. For judging criteria and complete terms and conditions, please visit:
  • The Cisco "Think Inside the Box" Developer Contest opens today, Oct. 14, 2008. The first phase involving proposal submission ends on Jan. 12, 2009, after which up to 10 finalists will be chosen to enter the second phase to develop applications on the Application Extension Platform. Winners will be announced in May 2009.
  • The Cisco "Think Inside the Box" Developer Contest is sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc. and is open to individuals who are eighteen (18) years old or older at time of entry and who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements in the terms and conditions.
  • Cisco opened its industry-leading access routing platform to third-party developers in April 2008 with the introduction of the Cisco AXP, an open Linux-based hardware module for the Cisco Integrated Services Router.
  • The Cisco AXP offers tighter integration between the network and business applications to help branch-office customers achieve greater business efficiencies and innovation, further lowering the Total Cost of Ownership with the Cisco Integrated Services Router in the branch.
  • Cisco today also introduced the new Cisco AXP Network Module 502, which provides additional performance value for the Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series ISRs (list price US$4,500). AXP v1.1 supports an emulated development blade utilizing the VMware player, this allows developers to build applications on their PCs, which can be ported onto Cisco AXP modules.
  • Multiple applications are already available on the Cisco AXP and today Cisco introduced two new Cisco Technology Developer Program AXP partners: Global Protocols (satellite communications) and Tiani Spirit (healthcare imaging). Cisco is also pleased to announce that the Cardiovascular Group, P.C. has deployed Sagem-Interstar's XMediusFAX facsimile-over-Internet-Protocol (FoIP) solution on the Cisco AXP to help employee productivity and help meet regulatory requirements for a robust, fast and reliable HIPAA-compliant healthcare communication solution.

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  • "We're looking forward to the creative and innovative network-aware applications and developing a vibrant third-party developer community for the popular Cisco Integrated Services Platform as part of the 'Think Inside the Box' contest," said Dave Frampton, vice president of access routing for Cisco.
  • "Cisco Application Extension Platform has become popular with developers in just a few short months. We wanted to fuel this interest even further and to engage more developers in a fun way, so we created this contest to reward the best ideas with prizes totaling US$100,000," said Inbar Lasser-Raab, senior director of network systems for Cisco.
  • "Cisco AXP-XMediusFAX FoIP is a green solution, since it integrates directly into our existing ISR, and does not require additional cooling, power consumption and rack space. In all, The Cardiovascular Group anticipates monthly savings of $3,000 in telecom and document handling costs," said Daryl Schweiger, Information Systems Manager of The Cardiovascular Group, P.C.
  • "Not only does the Cisco AXP allow us to deliver our SkipWare® military satellite optimization software on a powerful networking platform, it has also vastly increased our competitiveness in the military communications market," said Nick Yuran, VP of business development for Global Protocols.
  • "With improving technical capabilities in the sharing of radiology images and documents between physicians and labs, there is a growing interest in how to improve this process by reducing cost and errors with the all important goal of improving patient care," said Martin Tiani, chief executive officer, Tiani Spirit. "The Tiani Spirit applications have been in production for two years and were quickly and easily deployed on the Cisco AXP in one month, using mainstream open source technologies such as Jboss, Java and mySQL. The Cisco and Tiani approach delivers an integrated branch office solution for our healthcare customers that is also based on the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) specification."

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