Enterprise Networking: Cisco Systems: 20 Fascinating Facts About the Networking Giant

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2012-06-04 Print this article Print
What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Founded in 1984, Cisco's name came from the city of San Francisco, which was why in the early days the name was in lower-case letters.
Cisco Systems began as a startup founded by a husband and wife working at Stanford University who wanted to find a way to communicate with each other over email. Almost 40 years later, it's a technology giant that dominates the networking and collaboration markets and has annual revenue of more than $40 billion. Cisco initially made its mark in networking, and the company's fortunes took off when it became the leading supplier of the "plumbing" on which the Internet ran. After rapidly expanding its reach in recent years beyond just the networking field, Cisco has tried to muscle its way into such new markets as the consumer business. However, Cisco found itself with some struggling businesses and heightened competition from the likes of Hewlett-Packard and Juniper Networks. The company has since retrenched and now is focusing on five foundational "pillars." These include core networking, architecture, collaboration, video and data center/virtualization/cloud. Cisco has since seen its market share lead in many areas stabilize and in some cases grow. Here is a list of a few things you might not have known about Cisco.

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