Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company’s business is organized into the following three segments: The Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China (APJC). Products and Services The company’s products and technologies are grouped into the following categories: Switching; Next-Generation Network (NGN) Routing; Collaboration; Service Provider Video; Data Center; Wireless; 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. Switching Switching is an integral networking technology used in campuses, branch offices, and data centers. Switches are used within buildings in local-area networks (LANs) and across great distances in wide-area networks (WANs). The company’s switching products offer various forms of connectivity to end users, workstations, IP phones, wireless access points, and servers and also function as aggregators on LANs and WANs. The company’s switching systems employ technologies, including Ethernet, Power over Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Packet over Synchronous Optical Network, and Multiprotocol Label Switching. 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 used by enterprise and service provider customers with large-scale network needs. These products are designed to offer customers the flexibility and scalability to deploy networking services without degrading overall network performance. Fixed-configuration and modular switches also include products, such as optics modules, which are shared across multiple product platforms. The company’s 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. The company announced its ACI solution, Cisco ACI, in 2014. Cisco ACI consists of the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches, a Cisco APIC and accompanying centralized policy management capability, integrated physical and virtual infrastructure, and an open ecosystem of network, storage, management, and orchestration vendors. As of July 25, 2015, the company had approximately 4,100 Cisco Nexus 9000 and Cisco ACI customers. During 2015, the company announced an infrastructure initiative focused on bringing ‘network as a sensor’ and ‘network as an enforcer’ capabilities across the portfolio. Individually, its switching suite of products is designed to offer the performance and features required for nearly any deployment, from traditional small workgroups, wiring closets, and network cores to highly virtualized and converged corporate data centers. NGN Routing The company’s NGN Routing portfolio of hardware and software solutions consists primarily of physical and virtual routers, and routing and optical systems. As to specific products, 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. During 2014, the company added a new platform in its high-end routers known as the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), and the company also made enhancements to its existing platforms, such as the CRS-X product line, through its architectural approach, which consists of a programmable network at the foundation and a services platform that connects the network to applications and services. In 2015, the compa
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