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1994

Cisco Information Online launches at Networkers

Cisco Information Online launches at Networkers

1994

After a soft launch the previous year, multi-media enabled Cisco Information Online (CIO) launches at Networkers 1994. CIO offers up-to-date online self-help and guided assistance including software updates and upgrades, product specifications, training programs and seminar schedules, and publishes a 'known bug list', one of the first to do so, allowing us to tap into the knowledge base of our customers and partners.

After a soft launch the previous year, multi-media enabled Cisco Information Online (CIO) launches at Networkers 1994. CIO offers up-to-date online self-help and guided assistance including software updates and upgrades, product specifications, training programs and seminar schedules, and publishes a 'known bug list', one of the first to do so, allowing us to tap into the knowledge base of our customers and partners.

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1992

Cisco 3000 Series Router

Cisco 3000 Series Router

1992

Announced in 1992, the 3000 series heralds our next generation router exclusively enabling flash configuration and software upgrades remotely.

Cisco 3000 from a three quarter view
Cisco 3000 from the back
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1989

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) napkin

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) napkin

1989

Cisco’s Kirk Lougheed and IBM’s Yakov Rekhter sketch out BGP over lunch at a 1989 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting. Their networking innovation, still an essential routing protocol for the global Internet, is as integral today as it was when originally deployed, enabling efficient routing and dramatic growth.

A black and white drawing of border gateway protocol's state diagram, at the bottom is the contact information of the two writers, Lougheed at Cisco and Yakov from IBM with their phone numbers and work times with time zones
Black handwriting on an aged page outlining a list of features of the border gateway protocol
Black handwriting on an aged page outlining the internal rules for the Border Gateway protocol

Kirk Lougheed, co-creator and Cisco's employee number 4, explains how BGP came to be.

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1988

Terminal Server Reference Card

Terminal Server Reference Card

1988

Intended for use on the go, this terminal server reference card is an example of some of the first cisco Systems documentation.

Intended for use on the go, this terminal server reference card is an example of some of the first cisco Systems documentation.

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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.