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1985

First logo created

First logo created

1985

Cisco's name derived from a shortening of San Francisco and dropped standard capitalization conventions for 'cisco Systems', the lower-case c a cultural touchpoint for early engineers. As early networking devices were known as bridges, an abstraction of the Golden Gate Bridge became the first logo, formed via parabolic equations by founder Len Bosack.

Red bridge logo
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1986

AGS launches

AGS launches

1986

Cisco’s first networking innovation the AGS, Advanced Gateway Server, connects computers over local area and wide area networks, delivering state of the art multiprotocol routing and concurrent bridging.

As the first commercially available multi-protocol router, the AGS ushers in a new era of connectivity.

A front shot of the Cisco AGS chassis, a beige metal router with orange-red label in the shape of the first logo bridge and the company name
A view from three-quarter down of an AGS chasis, a beige router with red bridge label and company name
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1985

First product, MEIS, ships

First product, MEIS, ships

1985

Our very first product wasn't technically a router, but instead the Massbus-Ethernet Interface Subsystem (MEIS), an ethernet adapter for DEC computers.

A group of DEC PDP !) computers in a group
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1984

cisco Systems founded

cisco Systems founded

1984

Founders Sandy Lerner (left) and Leonard Bosack (center) incorporate cisco Systems. They dream of disparate networks talking with each other and sharing information reliably. But in order for the networks to be truly interconnected, a technology has to be invented that can deal with the disparate local area protocols. With that dream, the multi-protocol router is born.

Two men, Len Bosack in a black suit and an unidentified man in tweed, sit at a table looking up at Sandy Lerner, a woman in a business suit standing in profile holding documents.