Final Issue: Third Quarter 2006
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Dear Packet Reader,

Cisco is evolving its customer communications to a more interactive, Web-based model. As a result, the September issue (Third Quarter 2006) of Packet magazine will be the final edition of the publication, as we transform our corporate Website,, into our primary communications forum for networking professionals.

To say that a great deal has happened in the world of high tech since Packet was first introduced in 1988 would be something of an understatement. We've seen the birth and explosive growth of the World Wide Web, the pervasive use of cellular and mobile communications, the convergence of voice, video and data, and all the commensurate innovation in networking technologies. Cisco has often led the way, evolving with the times and embracing the latest advances in areas such as optical, network security, content networking, wireless, voice over IP, storage-area networks, video and IPTV, to name just a few.

As Cisco has changed, so too has its customer base. Once consisting of predominantly enterprise network personnel, today's Cisco customers are as diverse as their information needs: service providers and small to midsized businesses, broader IT teams such as voice, security, and applications personnel, IT directors and CIOs, and the business decision makers of countless vertical markets around the globe.

As such, the company's Website,, has grown and continues to evolve to meet these diverse information needs. The networking technology enthusiasts that make up the Packet readership have a wealth of avenues on in which to delve for useful information to help them in their careers. May I suggest the following Web resources:

These are exciting times at Cisco and elsewhere, and we look forward to your continued support and input as the future unfolds for all of us. It's been a great ride!

Best wishes,

David Ball

Editor in Chief