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Cisco Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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In December 1984, Cisco Systems was founded out of the collective imagination of a group of Stanford University computer scientists who worked to enable disparate networks to talk with each other and share information reliably. In the last 20 years, Cisco has helped lead a revolution in communications. Today, Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of networks that are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications. This year, Cisco celebrates its anniversary by looking toward the future--continuing its tradition of innovation, business best practices, and social responsibility.

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Corporate Timeline

Encyclopedia of Cisco history of technology innovation, culture, best practices, and giving back.
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Interactive Overview: 20 Years of Cisco Innovation

Explore Cisco's history via audio stories, historic photos, and video.
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News Release

Cisco Systems Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation

Feature Articles

On Company's 20th Anniversary, Cisco Executives Reflect on Past Success and Look to the Future

Cisco Systems Marks Five Successful Years in the IP Telephony Market

John Chambers: Celebrating 20 Years of Changing the Way We Live, Work, Play and Learn

Cisco and City Year Reunite to Benefit California's Costaño Elementary

Other Resources

Cisco AGS: Cisco's first router paves the road to total service flexibility, unparalleled scale, and continuous system operation (PDF)

Cisco Technology Innovators


20 Years of Innovation
In 2004, Cisco celebrates its 20th anniversary. Executives and employees share their experiences and thoughts for what is ahead in the next 20 years.

Giving Back is the Cisco Way
Being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the many communities Cisco it is a part of is a strong part of the company's corporate philosophy.

Cisco Networking Academy Celebrates 5 Years of Impact
After five years Cisco's Networking Academy Program continues to impact students around the world.

Cisco Technology Innovations Videos
Many videos featuring Cisco customers and the employees innovating the technology that customers are using.

ExecNet: Building a Great Company
Chairman of the Board of Cisco Systems, John Morgridge gives an overview of Cisco's beginnings.


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Cisco's first mulitproticol router, the Advanced Gateway Server (AGS)

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Cisco Team and the AGS

Cisco Campus

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Cisco Founders Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack

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