Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today.
Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco's Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks.
Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create Internet solutions that allow individuals, companies, and countries to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and strengthen competitive advantage. The Cisco name has become synonymous with the Internet. At Cisco, our vision is to change the way people work, live, play and learn.
Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. Today, with more than 71,000 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company's core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in security, wireless, video, collaboration, data center, virtualization and cloud.
At Cisco, innovation is a key driver of productivity. The company uses both innovative internal development and acquisitions to improve its innovative edge. Cisco develops most of its products internally, using a deep pool of global engineering talent. Cisco invests nearly 6 billion USD a year in Research and Development to enable its 25,000 engineers to develop not only new products, but new technologies as well.
At Cisco, customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.