A History of Cisco

When it comes to IT security, no company is quite as successful Cisco. This multinational giant in the technology industry has been providing IT support and equipment to businesses and individuals for over thirty years now. Cisco configuration is often the first step a new company takes to establishing themselves, ensuring their IT systems are at the top of their game before opening for business. Here’s a brief overview of how this company came to dominate the market today.

Cisco was founded in 1984 by married computer operations workers at Stanford University, Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack, but it wasn’t until 1986 that their first product was released: The Advanced Gateway Server Router. There were initially some problems with cash-flow, despite the company selling approximately $250,000 worth of routers per month by 1997. In 1998, Bosack and Lerner brought Donald T. Valentine on board, a venture capitalist. But he required the couple to give him a majority stake in the company and at once placed John Morgridge as president and CEO, side-lining Bosack and Lerner to chief scientist and head of customer services respectively. By the time it went public in 1990, Cisco was worth $224 million. At this point however, Lerner was fired and Bosack quit (the sale of their combined stock totalled over $170 million). Over the next few years, Cisco acquired or merged with several important companies, including Crescendo and Kalpana, expanding both as an expert in IT security and IT support.

From the millennium onwards, Cisco configuration became standard for the majority of businesses, with new and better products coming out all the time to keep pace with the ever changing technology. The Catalyst 6500 launched in 1999 was followed by the Integrated Services Router in 2004 which sold mover 7.5 million units by 2009. Also in 2004, the CRS-1 system enabled IT support of up to 1.2 terabits per second of bandwidth. The Nexus 7000 hit the market in 2008, further bolstering Cisco’s dominance of the IT support market. And Cisco kept pushing the boundaries, creating the Unified Computing System in 2009. In 2013, Cisco was awarded its 10,000th patent and continues to control the router market today.

With its vast array of products Cisco configuration can be adapted for every company’s needs and requirements. Of course IT security and IT support is of vital importance for every business, especially small ones who can be targets for hackers due to their reputation for having poor IT security systems in place compared to bigger companies. By getting Cisco configuration for your business, you’ll not only be gaining access to their extensive IT support services but you’ll also be benefiting from over thirty years of experience in the field, leading to the best quality and performance products on the market today.

If you think your company may benefit from a full Cisco configuration, contact Ctrl I.T. today and discuss your technological options with our expert, specialist engineers.


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