Cisco Systems was founded in 1984 to develop and explore the possibilities of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies.
Since its inception, Cisco has generated industry leading products in the company's core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in advanced technologies such as IP communications, wireless LAN, home networking, application networking services, network security, storage area networking, and video systems.
In February 2006, Cisco completed the acquisition of Scientific Atlanta, a global provider of set-top boxes, video distribution networks and video systems integration. The acquisition will enable Cisco to offer a range of data, voice, video, and mobility technologies for carrier networks and the digital home.
Cisco's channel partners, a global force of over 200,000 people which includes independent value-added resellers, systems integrators and network consultancies, account for more than 90 percent of Cisco's commercial and enterprise revenue worldwide. To date, Cisco has 49,926 employees globally. Its customers include DaimlerChrysler, Vancouver Film Studios, and China Telecom.