Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), incorporated on December 10, 1984, designs and sells a range of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. The Company operates through three geographic segments: Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC). The Company groups its products and technologies into the various categories, such as Switching; Next-Generation Network (NGN) Routing; Collaboration; Data Center; Wireless; Service Provider Video; Security, and Other Products. In addition to its product offerings, the Company provides a range of service offerings, including technical support services and advanced services. The Company delivers its technology and services to its customers as solutions for their priorities, including cloud, video, mobility, security, collaboration and analytics. The Company helps its customers build networks and automate, orchestrate, integrate and digitize information technology (IT)-based products and services. It serves customers, including businesses of all sizes, public institutions, governments and service providers.
The Company’s switching products offer various forms of connectivity to end users, workstations, Internet Protocol (IP) phones, wireless access points and servers, and also function as aggregators on local-area networks (LANs) and wide-area networks (WANs). The Company’s switching systems employ a range of technologies, including Ethernet, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Packet over Synchronous Optical Network and Multiprotocol Label Switching. The product platforms within its Switching product category, including storage products, include Fixed-Configuration Switches, Modular Switches and Storage.
The Company’s Fixed-configuration switches are designed to cover a range of deployments in both large enterprises, as well as in small and medium-sized businesses, providing a foundation for converged data, voice and video services. The Company’s fixed-configuration switches range from small, standalone switches to stackable models that function as a single, scalable switching unit. Modular switches are typically used by enterprise and service provider customers. Fixed-configuration and modular switches also include products, such as optics modules, which are shared across multiple product platforms. Its switching portfolio also includes virtual switches and related offerings. These products provide switching functionality for virtual machines, and are designed to operate in a complementary fashion with virtual services to optimize security and application behavior. Its switching products are used by customers in both data center and campus environments.
Next-Generation Network Routing
NGN Routing technology is fundamental to the foundation of the Internet. The NGN Routing category of technologies interconnects public and private wireline and mobile networks for mobile, data, voice and video applications. Its NGN Routing portfolio of hardware and software solutions consists primarily of physical and virtual routers, and routing and optical systems. The Company offers a range of hardware and software solutions, from core network infrastructure and mobile network routing solutions for service providers, and enterprises to access routers for branch offices and for telecommuters and consumers at home. The Company’s product areas within its NGN Routing category include High-End Routers, Midrange and Low-End Routers, and Other NGN Routing.
The Company’s High-End Routers include Cisco Aggregation Services Routers (ASRs), such as Cisco ASR 901 and 902 Series, Cisco ASR 1000 Series, Cisco ASR 5000 and 5500 Series, and Cisco ASR 9000 Series; Cisco Carrier Routing Systems (CRS), such as Cisco CRS-1, Cisco CRS-3 and Cisco CRS-X; Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), such as Cisco NCS 6000 Series, Cisco NCS 5000 Series and Cisco NCS 5500 Series; Cisco 7600 Series, and Cisco 12000 Series. Its Midrange and Low-End Routers include Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), such as Cisco 800 Series ISR, Cisco 1900 Series ISR, Cisco 2900 Series ISR, Cisco 3900 Series ISR, Cisco 4300 Series ISR and Cisco 4400 Series ISR. The Other NGN Routing category includes optical networking products, such as Cisco NCS 1000 Series, Cisco NCS 2000 Series, Cisco NCS 4000 Series, Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V and other routing products.
The Company’s Collaboration portfolio integrates voice, video, data and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks across a range of devices/endpoints and related IT equipment, such as mobile phones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and desktop virtualization clients. The Company’s product areas within its Collaboration category include Unified Communications, such as IP phones, Call control, Call center and messaging, Software-based instant-messaging (IM) clients, and Communication gateways and unified communication; Conferencing, such as Cisco WebEx, Cisco TelePresence Server and Cisco TelePresence Conductor; Collaboration Endpoints, such as Collaboration desk endpoints, Collaboration room endpoints and Immersive systems, and Business Messaging, such as Cisco Spark.
The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) combines computing, networking and storage infrastructure with management and virtualization. The Company’s product areas within its Data Center product category include Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), such as Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C3260 Storage Optimized Rack Server, Cisco UCS Mini branch/remote site computing solution, Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects and Cisco UCS Manager and UCS Director Management Software; Cisco HyperFlex Systems, and Private and Hybrid Cloud, such as Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite.
The Company’s Wireless products provide indoor and outdoor wireless coverage with roaming for voice, video and data applications. They include wireless access points; standalone, controller-based, switch-converged and cloud-managed technologies, and network managed services. Its offerings are designed to provide users with management and mobile device troubleshooting features. It also invests in development with merchant or off the shelf silicon, and customized chipsets to deliver product functionality to the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) market. Its High Density Experience (HDX) suite of solutions (including Cisco CleanAir proactive spectrum intelligence, ClientLink, VideoStream for video optimization and Radio Architecture software-defined radio technology).
The Company’s product areas within its Wireless category include Cisco Aironet Series 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points, Aironet 2800 Series, Aironet 1800 Series, Modules for Aironet 3000 AP Series (Hyperlocation, 3G Small Cell, Wireless Security, 802.11ac) and Aironet 3800 Series; Cisco WLAN Controllers (standalone, virtual and integrated); Cisco CMX (Connected Mobile Experiences) cloud and appliance-based platforms, and Cisco Meraki MR Series Cloud Managed Access Points and integrated software services. The CMX mobile engagement platform delivers location-based services, consumer analytics, and proximity messaging through a cloud-based offering.
Service Provider Video
The Company’s Service Provider Video products include digital video systems, Data Over Cable System Interface Specification (DOCSIS) headends and access equipment. These products enable service providers and content originators to deliver entertainment, information, and communication services to consumers and businesses. The Company’s product areas within its Service Provider Video category include Cable Access/Infrastructure and Service Provider Video Software and Solutions. Its Cable Access/Infrastructure includes Cable/Telecommunications Access Infrastructure, such as Cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), Hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) access network products and Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) products, and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) products. Its Service Provider Video Software and Solutions include video security solutions, digital headend portfolio for content acquisition and distribution, virtualized video processing (V2P) and cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS)-delivered video entertainment solutions.
The Company’s security portfolio spans endpoints, the network and the cloud. The Company’s offerings cover network-related areas, which include network and data center security, threat protection, Web and e-mail security, access and policy, unified threat management, and advisory, integration, and managed services. It offers OpenDNS, which is a cloud security platform designed to provide security.
The Company’s Other Products category primarily consists of certain emerging technologies and other networking products. The Other Products category includes its investment in Internet of things (IoT), through Jasper Technologies, Inc. (Jasper).
The Company competes with Amazon Web Services LLC, Arista Networks, Inc., ARRIS Group, Inc., Avaya Inc., Blue Jeans Networks, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Citrix Systems, Inc., Dell Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., F5 Networks, Inc., FireEye, Inc., Fortinet, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., International Business Machines Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., Lenovo Group Limited, Microsoft Corporation, Nokia Corporation, Palo Alto Networks, Inc., Polycom, Inc., Riverbed Technology, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Ubiquiti Networks and VMware, Inc.