Success story of Cisco, the networking equipment leader

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Success story of Cisco, the networking equipment leader

Cisco is one of the best known IT companies and the worldwide leader in networking equipment. Just before the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, Cisco’s market capitalization was more than 500 billion US dollars making Cisco the most valuable company in the world.

What explains such a performance? How Cisco proceeded to remain a major IT player after 30 years of existence?

A little history: Cisco beginnings

Cisco was founded in September 1984 by Leaonard Bosack and its wife Sandy Lerner that were both employees at the Stanford University Computer Department. Based on Standford’s router and software, they built a replicated router able to support multiple protocols and to connect different computers and networks. Despite controversy, Cisco became the first company in the globe to sell such a multi-protocol router.

The amazing boom of Cisco

Since its creation, Cisco knew how to identify the needs of the IT market and how to provide best hardware and software solutions to meet those needs.

After going public in 1990, Cisco had the necessary resources to develop its activities. First, Cisco targeted the enterprise environment with its multi-protocol routers. Then, it quickly joined the emerging service provider market providing more powerful routers.

Still adapting to the market, Cisco caught both of the Ethernet and the Internet waves with new product lines including modems and routers dedicated to internet service providers, granting to Cisco the monopoly in this crucial segment.

Cisco strategy was then to target both the retail segment (with The Human Network marketing campaign) and the hardware segments as well as to expand overseas, especially in emerging markets like India.

Cisco today, an everlasting leader

According to Chairman and former CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, the reason why the company has outlasted to its very competing market is that it has applied a market-driven and sustainable strategy.

After several restructurings and acquisitions, Cisco is still one of the biggest players of the IT universe and its networking equipment (switches, routers, VOIP phones, etc.) is among the most renowned of the market.

Set up a computer network with second-hand equipment

Set up a computer network with second-hand equipment

Computer network installation is a very important but costly step in the life of a company especially when aiming for new and quality equipment. This issue is especially topical as the installed equipment can quickly become obsolete and thus need a fairly rapid renovation.

Nevertheless, there is a real solution that can save you about 90% of the cost of your computer network installation and/or renovation, the use of second-hand networking equipment.

Is used networking equipment a serious alternative?

If the potential savings that can be made are real (up to 90% or even more), is it really worth it to use second-hand networking equipment? The answer is clearly affirmative.

The arguments are numerous. To start, there is the cost gain of course, but we can also mention the reliability of the second-hand equipment (often tested and certified as new), the advice and expertise of true professionals, the ability to order online with fast delivery delays and, the icing on the cake, the warranty granted (for life for some vendors).

Moreover, current vendors offer a wide choice of products knowing that even the biggest brands (e.g. Cisco) are available in fairly big quantities.

How to choose a good supplier of used networking hardware?

The choice of the supplier of second-hand networking equipments is crucial, especially when if one wants good quality and branded equipment (e.g. Cisco). For example, we can mention Aliter Networks as being one of the best worldwide sellers of used equipment for computer networks, especially for Cisco networking hardware.

On its website, Aliter Networks offers quality Cisco branded equipment, having successfully passed a 26-point inspection process, such as Switches, Routers, VoIP equipment, computer security (such as Firewall) as well as Wireless networking hardware, etc.

Aliter Networks also offers rapid worldwide delivery for its second-hand reconditioned networking hardware tested by a professional team. The products line is quite complete and is already available in big quantities. In addition, Aliter networks customers can benefit from a free support of Cisco Certified experts as well as a lifetime warranty on all the purchased products.

Google launches its new WiFi router “OnHub”

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Google launches a new WiFi router “OnHub”

OnHub is the name of the new Google WiFi router that was developed to facilitate and optimize the use of the home WiFi network. This newborn from Google belongs to the all-in-one category of modern routers, meaning one device integrating a basic switch, a modem, a wireless access point and other useful networking components.

Google OnHub, easy use and perfect network coverage

From a design point of view, this new Google Wifi router has a cylindrical shape, mixing design and simplicity, with a height of 7.48 inches and a row of six colored LEDs. The Google OnHub has 13 antennas (six antennas of 2.4GHz, six antennas of 5GHz and a last one for congestion detection). It is also equipped with a 3W speaker, a USB 3.0 port, 1GB of RAM and 4GB flash memory built by the Chinese TP-Link. OnHub is compatible with the Bluetooth 4.0 “Smart Ready” technology which enables remote control of multiple smart devices and home automation.

One of the main interesting features of the Google OnHub is its ability to connect all smart devices (smartphone, tablet) and all connected devices in a house (lamp, TV, etc.). The use of this function is very simple on the OnHub via a smartphone application (Android or iOS). It also allows visitors of a house to connect in limited mode without using a password.

This mobile application is to be used, not only to setup and configure the OnHub router, but also to monitor network status and other indicators (e.g. bandwidth used for each connected device, etc.).

With its ultra-fast connection, OnHub allows to set priorities between several connected devices if needed to optimize the WiFi signal distribution. Google new router provides a reliable and secure access throughout the house which can be even more enhanced by adding a firewall (hardware or software), especially if one wants to use OnHub in a professional environment.

Prices and availability of Google OnHub

For now, Google OnHub is only available on the Internet at a price of $ 199 where the prices of similar routers are ranging from $100 and $200. It should also be available soon in ordinary high tech shops in the United States and Canada.