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Cisco Systems was founded 1984 by husband and wife team Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner who created the multi-protocol router while working as computer scientists at Stanford University as a way to resolve the issue of sending email to each other from their respective offices located in different buildings.

Since those early beginnings the company has become a multibillion-dollar provider of IP-based edge and router equipment for service providers in addition to branching out into the consumer electronics market. Led by John Chambers, Cisco has 72,935 employees and reported $10.4 billion in 2010 full year revenues.

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Cisco study: 79% of all IP traffic will be video by 2018

It's no surprise that video makes up the majority of traffic on both wired and wireless networks, but according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index, 79 percent of all IP traffic on the network will be video by 2018 and 52 percent of that video traffic will be HD video.

Tech companies object to FCC's net neutrality proposal

It didn't take long for tech companies big and small--including Amazon, Google and Yahoo--to rally against the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to charge a fee for a fast lane on the Internet. The companies said the new rules would hurt consumers and industry competition.

Cisco beats Wall Street estimates, but struggles for growth

Even though sales from its video service provider segment fell 26 percent in its fiscal third quarter, Cisco Systems beat Wall Street analysts' estimates, sending the vendor's stock up in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

Musical chairs at Cisco, Cablevision, Comcast

Yvette Kanouff is reportedly leaving Cablevision Systems to serve as senior vice president in charge of Cisco's service provider video group. Her departure from Cablevision takes Yanouff back to the supplier side of the business.

Cisco, TI recruit partners in IoT ecosystem

Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments are both staking claims in the Internet of Things space by forming partnerships with other companies in hopes of advancing this emerging area. Specifically, TI partnered with eight IoT cloud service providers and Cisco launched a challenge to help IoT startups get more visibility.

Cisco CEO Chambers' compensation jumps to $21.1M, more potential successors named

John Chambers, Cisco's chairman and CEO, saw his total compensation rise to $21.1 million during the company's latest fiscal year--up almost double from the $11.7 million he received in total compensation the year previous.

Juniper CEO retiring amid growing competition

Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson announced he is retiring after five years heading up the telecom networking company.  Johnson, age 52, told Bloomberg that he is retiring to focus on "personal priorities" and will remain in the job until his replacement is found.  

Cisco CEO: Cellular data transport 'will become free'

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers predicted that the cost of transporting mobile data will follow a path similar to mobile voice: As networks become more efficient, the cost of transmitting mobile data will fall.

Strategy Analytics: Cisco positioned to challenge wireless network heavyweights

Due to the move to IP network architecture and because of its recent acquisitions in the mobile industry, research firm Strategy Analytics is warning that Cisco Systems could grow into a major player in the wireless network equipment space, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent.

Cisco targets network convergence with Catalyst 3850

Much has been made in recent days of Cisco Systems breaking ties with the consumer market by selling Linksys, but if there is a broader telecom resurgence to be had for the company it will come through new networking products connecting with the latest technology trends.