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2013: The 12 months of Cisco

A look back at Cisco's major 2013 moves

By , Network World
December 17, 2013 06:04 AM ET

Network World - This past year saw several major events and product introductions unfold at Cisco, beginning with an effort to connect cars to the Internet and ending with a solid pipeline in place for its new data center switches and fabric technology. The following is a review of the highlights of the year that was at Cisco, 2013.

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Cisco and NXP Semiconductors N.V. invest in Cohda Wireless for connected car technology. Car-to-Car and Car-to-Infrastructure (C2I) communications will enable active safety systems that would help reduce fatalities and injuries on the roads, the companies say. In addition to improving safety, C2I communication could benefit intelligent transport system management and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, they say.

Cisco is sued by East Carolina University over its new “Tomorrow Starts Here” marketing campaign. ECU claims to have been using the slogan as its brand identity for a decade. As of December 2013 however, Cisco is still using the slogan in its “Internet of Everything” campaign.

Catalyst 3850 – Cisco rolls out the Catalyst 3850 switch, which features a new programmable ASIC for wired/wireless convergence and software-defined networking capabilities.


Cisco unveiled the Nexus 6000 10G/40G switch line, which is targeted at data centers needing 40G aggregation. It goes up against 10G and 40G offerings in Arista Networks' 7000 series switches, Dell's Force10 switches and Juniper's QFabric platforms.

West Virginia blasts Cisco and its own state procurement practices for a statewide router purchase it alleges far exceeds requirements and costs millions more than necessary. Cisco pledges to work through the situation with the customer.

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Cisco rolls out the ISR-AX line of branch routers, which integrate security and application performance features, including WAN optimization, as well as VPN, firewall and intrusion prevention, application visibility and control, and WAN path management.

Cisco introduced the CPAK CMOS transceivers, photonic physical interface technology designed to reduce power consumption and the cost of sparing. CPAK will eventually turn up in Cisco’s new CRS-X core routers and Network Convergence System offerings for service providers.


Cisco and IBM form the OpenDaylight consortium to develop an open source software-defined networking framework based on multiple, industrywide contributions. The vendor-driven effort is met with skepticism as a user-driven organization already exists with the Open Networking Foundation. Later, commercial OpenFlow pioneer Big Switch Networks downgrades its participation before dropping out altogether, and platinum member Juniper and silver member HP question the consortium’s controller technology and potential use.

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