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But both he and she worked in different buildings on the Stanford campus. Until one day, they figured out how to connect their computers together. Keep in mind, the year was 1984 and this new connection of theirs went on to become what we know as the network.
Short for San Francisco. And for their logo, they chose the Golden Gate Bridge because it was emblematic of what the company would do. Just as the bridge spans a body of water, Cisco’s promise was to securely connect people, places, ideas, and things across a network.
Suddenly everyone — businesses, governments, technologists, artists, thinkers, doers, dreamers and makers, everyone, everywhere — found themselves a way forward, between what is hoped for and what can be.
Suddenly, between hope and possible, there stood a bridge. Strong, reliable, enduring. And the world changed.
But no matter what the change, its size, or its implication — be it on security, the cloud, the data center, or between downtime and uptime, supply and demand, earnings and shareholders — change also begets anticipation. And anticipation begs the question:
And when we say securely, know that bridging the gap between future-worry and future-proof is what we do better than anyone else.
A new era is upon us. One where the sheer number of devices you need to connect to the network and the speed you need to add them are placing get-it-done-yesterday pressures on your business.
This is an era for intent—based networking — more human, more knowledgeable, and more powerful than anything that’s come before.
Constantly learning, constantly adapting, constantly protecting, it’s designed to help you navigate the future of digital business, the future of technology — designed to help all of us navigate change itself.
Right now, people all over the world are using applications for anything you can imagine. And every click, tap, and swipe is generating data. Rich, thick, juicy data. Data that — without insights — is nothing more than a bunch of zeroes and ones.
Which is why right now, Cisco is helping our customers tap into all that information — creating plans for how they amass it, secure it, store it, access it, and unleash its power.
This is the new competitive advantage. And nobody understands the relationship between people, devices, applications, experiences, information, and business like we do.
With unprecedented presence, no company has broader reach, is more accessible, is more robust, or has more connections.
And no company is more committed to security. For us, it is not an afterthought. It is something we build into everything we do.
Using AI, machine learning, big data, and the cloud to help amass intelligence and detect threats, even the ones hiding in encrypted traffic, is what allows us to adapt security solutions for customers small, medium, large, and extra-large.
Bringing people together to meet, exchange, share, and work in the most human way possible is at the very core of our collaboration tools.
Constantly learning and adapting to function as intuitively as possible, they’re designed to deliver enhanced voice recognition; crisp, accurate, incredibly detailed visuals.
Whiteboard functionality; one-button access; and the ability to connect from anywhere, from any device. No other company collaborates better.
It was the Greek philosopher Plutarch who said, The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
And the bridge between finding one’s fire and igniting it in the world is Cisco Networking Academy.
Now found in virtually every country on Earth, it provides the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed by the next generation of technology professionals — over 8 million so far — to go out and change everything.
In nearly every country, on six continents, the people of Cisco are busy listening, innovating, and building the next era of connections. Building bridges between the network as we know it and the network of what can be, between secure and impenetrable, and between collaboration and making it humanly so. 74,200 strong, each individual a bridge unto themselves — committed to the customer, committed to their communities, and committed to the world at large.