Cisco is the enterprise and telecom networking leader, but the company's expansion into new markets such as telepresence, collaboration, video conferencing and consumer electronics may be more notable. Cisco reloads well in an economic downturn, makes smart acquisitions such as Pure Digital, WebEx and Tandberg, and plots a long-term strategic vision well.
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At the Interop conference in Las Vegas, Cisco CEO John Chambers demos the company's new Unified Communications platform. Combining telepresence and mapping technologies, the mashup allows users to identify and then locate an individual over a network.
At the Interop conference in Las Vegas, Cisco CEO John Chambers talks about the need for businesses to increase productivity by implementing Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, mashups, and virtual conferencing. He also explains how Cisco used Web 2.0 principles in its $7 billion acquisition of Scientific Atlanta.
With all the buzz around Web 2.0, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers talks about the value of being, essentially, a plumber. At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Gartner analysts Tom Bittman and David Willis question Chambers about getting customers to eschew standards in lieu of Cisco's top-to-bottom proprietary stacks.
Rep. Christopher Smith chairs the House of RepresentativesSubcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and InternationalOperations. At a hearing in Washington, he reads a pointed indictment ofCisco Systems, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. Smith says the techcompanies aid repression by the Chinese government.
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers and Mike Volpi, general manager of the company's Routing Technology Group, show off the Carrier Routing System-1, which offers a system capacity of 92 terabits per second and enables large carriers to deliver higher volumes of Internet traffic.