Corporate Information - Annual Report 2008


Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Our technology is changing the nature of work and the way we live.

Founded in 1984, Cisco pioneered the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. This tradition continues with the development of routing, switching, and other technologies such as application networking services, home networking, security, storage area networking, TelePresence systems, unified communications, video systems, and wireless.

As an innovator in the communications and information technology industry, Cisco and its valued partners sell Cisco hardware, software, and services to businesses of all sizes, governments, service providers, and consumers.

An integral part of Cisco’s business strategy is strong corporate citizenship. Responsible business practices help ensure accountability, business sustainability, and commitment to environmentally conscious operations and products. Social investments built upon public-private partnerships positively impact recipient communities around the world. As an expression of our company’s values and beliefs, these activities are designed to build trust in our company and empower our employees.

Learn more at


This Annual Report contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections about the industries in which we operate and the beliefs and assumptions of our management. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “targets,” “goals,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “continues,” “endeavors,” “vision,” “strategy,” “may,” variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. In addition, statements that refer to the following are forward-looking statements: our business strategy including product revenue and market leadership goals, our anticipated growth and trends in our industry, businesses or key markets such as Web 2.0, collaboration and the network becoming the platform for all forms of communications and information technology, our architectural approach, investments in resources and innovation, new advanced and emerging technologies, our future competitive position, our ability to recognize and the speed with which we act upon market transitions, customer appreciation of our products, and other characterizations of future events or circumstances. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including: business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, our customer markets, and various geographic regions; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; overall information technology spending; the growth and evolution of the Internet and levels of capital spending on Internet-based systems; variations in customer demand for products and services, including sales to the service provider market and other customer markets; the timing of orders and manufacturing and customer lead times; changes in customer order patterns or customer mix; insufficient, excess, or obsolete inventory; variability of component costs; variations in sales channels, product costs, or mix of products sold; our ability to successfully acquire businesses and technologies and to successfully integrate and operate these acquired businesses and technologies; increased competition in our product and service markets; dependence on the introduction and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; manufacturing and sourcing risks, including risks related to our lean manufacturing model; product defects and returns; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, antitrust, shareholder, and other matters, and governmental investigations; natural catastrophic events; a pandemic or epidemic; our ability to achieve the benefits anticipated from our investments in sales and engineering activities; our ability to recruit and retain key personnel; our ability to manage financial risk; risks related to the global nature of our operations, including our operations in emerging markets; currency fluctuations and other international factors; potential volatility in operating results; and other factors listed in Cisco’s most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. The financial information contained in this Annual Report should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto that are included in this report. Our results of operations for the year ended July 26, 2008 are not necessarily indicative of our operating results for any future periods. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.


©2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco, the Cisco logo, Catalyst, Cisco IOS, Cisco Systems, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx, IOS, IronPort, Networking Academy, WebEx, and Welcome to the Human Network are registered trademarks or trademarks and Changing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn is a service mark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document or website are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (0809R)


Americas Headquarters
San Jose, California, USA

Asia Pacific Headquarters

Europe Headquarters
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at