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IBM Announces Agreements with Leading Network Companies to Support Increasingly Interconnected IT Infrastructures

Expanded Relationships with Brocade, Cisco and Juniper

ARMONK, N.Y. - 22 Jul 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced agreements for networking technology with Brocade, Cisco and Juniper to help businesses more effectively route the enormous amount of data and transactions being driven by an increasingly instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent world.

IBM is announcing reseller and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreements for switches and routers that help move and manage data across networks. Demands on networks are increasing with the proliferation of the mobile web and connected sensors expected to lead to 16-fold growth in each individual's "information footprint" by 2020, according to IBM.

New and/or expanded networking supplier relationships announced today:

FCoE represents an emerging technology that provides faster networking performance and offers customers the potential to simplify their datacenter infrastructure and lower both capital and operational expenses via the consolidation of multiple data traffic flows over a shared network.

IBM will also provide services through its Global Technology Services unit to integrate and support these networking products, and offers IBM Systems Director and Tivoli network management software to manage the flow of data and transactions.

For more information about IBM and IBM's networking switches and offerings, visit www.ibm.com/systems/networking

See below to read quotes from IBM and partners.

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Mike Darcy
IBM Communications
914-766-4777
mdarcy@us.ibm.com

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1 IBM “Today’s announcements are part of IBM’s commitment to offer customer choice built on open standards,” said Barry Rudolph, IBM vice president, System & Technology Group. “By working with Brocade, Cisco and Juniper to deliver networking products, we can help our customers optimize their networks to take advantage of emerging technologies in an increasingly instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent world.” ---------------------------

2 Brocade “Our goal is to provide customers with a dynamic, powerful and less costly IT infrastructure that delivers industry-leading virtualization and optimized management solutions,” said Marc Randall, senior vice president of the products and offerings division at Brocade. “Brocade is pleased to be partnering with IBM on their data center networking initiative. IBM and Brocade now offer complete end-to-end Fibre Channel, FCoE and Ethernet solutions so customers can achieve the performance needed to create a dynamic infrastructure engineered to manage risk, improve service and reduce costs from desktop-to-server.” ---------------------------

3 Cisco “Customers are deploying Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches with FCoE rapidly because the technology is non-disruptive, improves energy efficiency in the data center, and significantly reduces costs. This extended agreement with IBM gives Cisco the ability to support more of our customers’ goals to deploy a unified fabric with converged networks,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing for the Server Access Virtualization Business Group. "We look forward to working with IBM on future integration projects related to the Nexus 5000." ---------------------------

4 Juniper “This agreement between Juniper and IBM represents a continued deepening of our relationship,” said Hitesh Sheth, executive vice president and general manager, Ethernet Platforms Business Group, Juniper Networks. “Juniper's focus on delivering high-performance networking solutions fits IBM's dynamic infrastructure approach to helping customers reduce costs, improve services and manage risk.”

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