Cisco Drives Open Source Industry Standards
Cisco engineers have led the development of Internet Protocol (IP) networking technologies and contributed to industry open standards organizations. The company advocates open standards, since they allow customers to adopt new technologies with confidence.
Cisco technology groups commit significant engineering and marketing resources, to drive relevant open standards development. These groups help ensure broad industry adoption through involvement in key industry open standards bodies, including the IEEE, IETF, ITU, ETSI and ISO, and XMPP Standards Foundation.
Peter Saint-Andre, technical leader for Jabber Engineering in the Cisco WebEx organization, is an executive director of the XMPP Standards Foundation.
- BGP: From Sketches on Napkins to Border Gateway Protocol
Cisco Fellow Kirk Lougheed’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is one of many Cisco contributions to Internet standards.
- Customer-Centric Open Standards
Cisco Fellow Fred Baker summarized his philosophy of developing open standards: “Involvement with customers is perhaps the best use of my time.”
- MPLS: Cisco Team Standards Contribution
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a standards-based approach to packet forwarding, first introduced to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1996.
- SCTP: Cross-Company Collaboration through SIGTRAN
Cisco Distinguished Engineers Randall Stewart and Peter Lei collaborated with colleagues from other organizations to define System Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) in 2000.
- MPEG-4 over SCTP: Building Open Source on Open Standards
Cisco contributed to System Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) as an open standard and as open source, with a kernel implementation of SCTP for the FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD.
- The Cisco Contribution to Wireless Standards
Andrew Myles, Manager Wireless and Security Standards, Wireless & Security Technology Group (WSTG), notes that "interoperability is absolutely vital for wireless.”
- Cisco Employees Collaborate to Develop IEEE 802.1 Standards
Cisco employees have made significant contributions to industry standards over the past three decades.