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1998

Cisco opens US Government Affairs office

Cisco opens US Government Affairs office

1998

Cisco opens government affairs office in Washington, DC. The Government Affairs team defends and advances Cisco’s business interests before policymakers around the world, and builds relationships with senior government leaders.

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1998

VOIP

VOIP

1998

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a ground-breaking improvement to older static telecommunication technology. A set of converging innovations, along with expanding Internet bandwidth and network stability make IP "telephone" networks possible. Established as the IP telephony leader, Cisco ships its one millionth IP phone in 2002.

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1997

Customer segment reorg

Customer segment reorg

1997

Cisco reorganizes, aligning its products and solutions into three customer segments: enterprise, small/medium business, and service provider.

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1996

StrataCom acqusition

StrataCom acqusition

1996

StrataCom, a supplier of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Frame Relay high-speed wide area network (WAN) switching equipment, is acquired. Acquired employees formed the core of Cisco's Multi-Service Switching Business Unit and helped to move Cisco more into the carrier equipment space.

A collection of StrataCom Products, all in beige colors
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1996

Enter the service provider market

Enter the service provider market

1996

As the modern Internet opens up to more consumers, we set our sights on the newly introduced service provider market.

A graphic showing the expanding enterprise network enviornment, including icons for branch office, frame relay, dial-up customers, ISDN telecommuter and supplie via t1e1 all connecting to the enterprise network cloud in the center
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2007

Globalisation Centre East

Globalisation Centre East

2007

Cisco Globalisation Centre East campus opens in Sarjapur, Bangalore, India. Accomodating 1200 people spread over 1 million square feet, the campus is home to teams in research and development (R&D), IT, and customer support.

The steel front of a five story building with a banner that reads
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1995

RTP campus opens

RTP campus opens

1995

Our new eastern headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina opens. In 1993, Cisco hires its first employee in North Carolina, growing to over 200 within two years. Simultaneous with the dedication, a second building with 50% more capacity is announced.

A group of employees stand behind a large construction beam covered in signatures at the RTP campus site
The steel beam outline of a building as the RTP campus is being built
A steel beam building with floors but no walls, with a crane in the background

A local TV profile, 'Success Stories', on Cisco's RTP expasion.

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1993

1st CCIE award

1st CCIE award

1993

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, or CCIE, is a technical certification offered by Cisco Systems. The first certification awarded was numbered 1024, a nod to the unreserved port numbers in TCP/IP.

By January 2000, 4451 people worldwide acheived CCIE status. By Novemember 2017, 59,737 CCIEs were listed in the Hall of Fame.

A table with two columns, CCIE Certification and Lab Exam Topics, is broken down by each CCIE certification sub-type with the following info: Routing and Switching IP and non-IP routing; non-IP desktop protocols such as Novell IPX and AppleTalk; bridge and swithc-related technologies; voice over IP; network security; configuring ATM, WAN switching: Installing Cisco WAN switches; stratview plus installgation and maintenance; BPX/AXIS switch and service configuration; virtual trunking and tiered networks; ISP-DIAL: Firewall and security; dial on demand routing; ISDN; customer premise equip-to-access server connections; IP routing and tunneling; virtual private dial network; quality of service; roaming, SNA/IP integration: Briding and LAN (token Ring) concepts; switches and switching concepts; data-link switching plus (DLSw+) concepts; CIP; SNA network design, Network Design: Porotocols and technologies used in designing network core, distribution and access layers; SNA/IP migration; multiservice, campus, and WAN design; network management
A world map shows the number of global CCIE professionals broken down by continent or country in areas with more CCIE graduates as of January 2000. Asia: 476, Australia: 176, New Zealand: 34, Canada 128, US 2031, South America 96, Europe 1432, Africa 78, with a total of 4451 people worldwide had achieved CCIE status.
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1994

Catalyst Switch releases

Catalyst Switch releases

1994

Catalyst Switch is introduced as the first intelligent switch for client/server workgroups with "plug-and-play" installation. Where a router connected networks, switches allowed for the connection of shared resources, enhancing workgroup productivity by increasing networking performance. The Catalyst is the first new product resulting from the Crescendo acquisition of 1993.

Catalyst 5000 chasis sitting on a purple and blue background with a globe
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1997

Cisco Foundation established

Cisco Foundation established

1997

The new Cisco Foundation enables strategic and proactive philanthropy providing greater impact as a organized foundation over previous individual philanthropic efforts.

Cisco foundation logo of blue tines in the shape of a bridge, red text reading CISCO and foundation in blue