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Kepware to supply Cisco with OPC drivers

February 23, 2010 – Kepware Technologies announced that Cisco has joined the “Connected with Kepware” program to deliver OPC based network monitoring and management drivers for use with their products.

As a “Connected with Kepware” partner, Cisco and Kepware will collaborate to ensure the Kepware’s iSNMP network monitoring and management solution will deliver full support for Cisco networking products. In addition, Kepware will deliver proven Cisco device connectivity to its broad range of OEMs. The Kepware OPC Server solution will be maintained to the latest OPC standards, including OPC-UA, to ensure interoperability with as many client applications as possible. The OPC Server offering will maintain an OPC Foundation “Certified” status.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational corporation with more than 63,000 employees and annual revenue of US$36 billion as of 2009. Headquartered in San Jose, California, it designs and sells networking and communications technology and services under various brands, including Cisco, Linksys, WebEx and IronPort.

“Kepware is the market leader in industrial SNMP OPC Server connectivity,” states Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales of Kepware Technologies. “Our success in OEM relationships combined with our channel and end user sales will ensure Cisco has a solution delivering the broadest automation connectivity for their industrial networking solutions. This partnership will ensure Cisco customers have OPC standards compliant solutions, proven with the industry’s leading software applications, now and into the future.”

“Kepware offers a very unique solution in terms of product and market delivery.” explains Dan Knight, Manufacturing Solutions Manager, Cisco. “Kepware is a great partner and our joint efforts will ensure our customers can monitor and manage our networking products with most leading HMI/SCADA, Historian or Enterprise Dashboard products on the market. We are very excited about this partnership and its benefits to our joint customers.”

“Manufacturers operate in an environment that requires a pervasive exchange of information across all domains of the manufacturing enterprise,” said Craig Resnick, research director, ARC Advisory Group. “As manufacturers move into a global business climate that demands the integration of manufacturing operations and business systems, collaboration must move beyond hype to become a commonplace reality. Kepware and Cisco will provide manufacturers with the guidance and solutions needed to facilitate reliable automation network infrastructures.”

About Kepware
Kepware is the world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and communication protocols. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices. Applications include M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2E (Machine to Enterprise) communications. Operating system support includes; Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 140 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution and embedded partners, Kepware is the leading provider of communications with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units. Kepware’s responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around and you’ll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "Automation’s Best Friend".

About Cisco
Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
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