Cisco has reversed its recent buying trend and sold its Multinet TCP/IP technology to Process Software.
The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, covers Cisco's Multinet and Multinet Secure/IP product set. These products work with Digital's OpenVMS operating system to allow a Digital VAX or Alpha box to access services and applications available on the web via IP.
Process Software will take over responsibility for the delivery and support of Multinet from 1 June. Until then, Cisco will carry on supporting the Multinet family.
Recent reports in the US press suggested that Cisco management was finding it hard to keep all its disparate product sets running without conflict.
Dean Goodermote, chief executive and president of Process, said the sale will ensure that Multinet users will carry on receiving strong support and what he described as "the best TCP/IP products".
Without Multinet, he suggested, OpenVMS would not be properly supported with TCP/IP software and services - although Digital has its own set of TCP/IP protocols.
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