Founded in 1984, Cisco Systems, now simply known as Cisco, has become a world leader in computer networking that features in businesses and homes worldwide.
The networks Cisco specialises in help business owners connect a variety of devices and save time, money and space. Routers and network switches have proven their most popular products.
A network is essentially a cluster of computers and devices, including printers and servers, that can communicate with each other and share information, applications and resources. The networks are either local area networks (LANS), which are typically within the home or office, or wide area networks (WANS) that are spread over large geographical distances.
LANS generally share one line and communicate wirelessly through wifi or through ethernet, saving money thanks to sharing one physical internet connection and removing the need for vast amounts of cable in the home. Routers connect LAN to LAN across a WAN, while switches create an individual LAN network.
Cisco has established itself as a global leader in the field and has also branched out into telecommunications, with VOIP phones and video recording, including the successful Flip recorder. It has also tentatively entered the world of cloud storage. Networking and communications remain Cisco's main priority, though, and it even has response vehicles to keep world leaders and first responders online and in touch in the case of a natural disaster.
Having constantly embraced new technology, Cisco has remained at the forefront of networking solutions and is a favourite among IT professionals the world over.