Cisco enters the storage area networking market with agreement to finally acquire Andiamo Systems

August 20, 2002

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems, Inc., today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Andiamo Systems, Inc. of San Jose, California. Andiamo is a developer of intelligent storage switching products for the Storage Area Networking (SAN) market.

This acquisition represents Cisco's entry into the large, high-growth Fibre Channel SAN switching market, which according to market research firm Gartner Group, is expected to grow from approximately $1.2 billion in 2002 to $4.3 billion in 2006. Cisco's right to acquire Andiamo, and a summary of the transaction's basic terms, were disclosed in Cisco's 10-Q filed in March of this year. This acquisition will enable Cisco to extend its data networking expertise into the SAN switching market to deliver new innovations that meet customers' evolving business needs. With Andiamo's technology, Cisco customers will for the first time, be able to consolidate disparate storage networks to an integrated SAN infrastructure. In addition, Andiamo's technology introduces new intelligent services that significantly reduce the costs associated with sharing and managing critical data across a company's storage network. These innovations will enable customers to reduce the total cost of ownership of their SAN infrastructure with improved operational efficiencies. "This acquisition supports Cisco's strategy to enter into new growth markets, such as storage networking, where we believe we have the potential to be the number one or two player," said John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems. "Andiamo's technology blends the benefits of data networking and storage networking. We are proud to offer our customers innovative storage solutions that will not only reduce costs but deliver efficiencies that help drive productivity gains." In 2001, Cisco entered into agreements with Andiamo under which Cisco was granted the right to acquire Andiamo, as previously disclosed in Cisco's recent 10-Q filings with the SEC. The agreement announced today represents Cisco's exercise of this right. When the acquisition closes, shares of Cisco common stock will be exchanged for all outstanding shares and options of Andiamo not already owned by Cisco. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco's 2004 fiscal year (February to April 2004), but no later than July 31, 2004. The purchase price to be paid by Cisco for the remaining equity interest in Andiamo at closing will be based primarily on the following factors: sales of Andiamo products by Cisco during a three month period shortly preceding the closing, and a multiple based on Cisco's sales and market capitalization. Under its agreements with Andiamo, Cisco is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of all Andiamo products. Cisco has a convertible note in Andiamo that is expected to represent approximately 44 percent of the equity of Andiamo at the closing of the acquisition. The purchase price could range from a net purchase price of $0 to approximately $2.5 billion, and will not be determined until shortly prior to closing. The acquisition has received the required approvals from both companies and is subject to various closing conditions and approvals. For further information regarding the purchase price and the other terms of the acquisition, please refer to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed today by Cisco in conjunction with this transaction. Cisco Systems Inc. Andiamo Systems Inc.

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