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Cisco celebrates 25 years of technology innovation and corporate social responsibility


December 14, 2009
By Bruce Homan

Cisco marks its 25th anniversary with a call to community service. Chairman and CEO John Chambers challenged every Cisco employee to volunteer four hours of service in his or her local community. The goal is an aggregate contribution of 200,000 employee volunteer hours, which equates to approximately 25 years worth of service to the global community.

Cisco was founded on December 10, 1984 by husband and wife Len Bosack
and Sandy Lerner, two former Stanford University computer scientists,
who worked to enable email between computers on different networks.
Cisco says this led to the invention of the first multi-protocol
router.

Chambers says, "In the coming quarter century, the role of the network
will become even more important driving growth, innovation, and
productivity in industries such as healthcare, education and energy."