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Cisco is one of the most successful companies of the Internet era, Cisco is a leading manufacturer of routing equipment.

Cisco calls itself the "The Worldwide Leader in Networking for the Internet" [1] (http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/company_overview).

Married couple Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner cofounded Cisco Systems, creating "the first commercially successful router, a device that enables once-incompatible computers in far-off computer networks to communicate. In 1990 they walked away with $170 million after being booted by the professional managers the firm's venture capitalists brought in." (source: Fortune magazine (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1997/0825/6004058a))

The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.

History of the Cisco name

Cisco is not C.I.S.C.O but is short for San Francisco. In the early days, when the founders were looking for names, they always came up with a name that was denied. Eventually someone suggested 'cisco' with a lowercase 'c'. (Another company named CISCO already existed at that time.) The name with the lowercase 'c' continued to be used for a long time, until it was capitalized citing problems in getting the lowercase 'c' right in publications.

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  • Cisco (http://www.cisco.com/)

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