Celebrating 25 Years of Cisco Networkers

This year, Cisco recognizes the 25th anniversary of its Networkers user conference. To put this run in perspective, here's a timeline of Cisco-specific events interspersed with world, national, cultural and technology milestones that occurred over this period.

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Cisco launched in 1984, and its first Networkers customer event was held a few years later. Here’s a look back at what’s changed at this now $50 billion company – and the world – since Networkers events began.

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1989 – Gateways between private e-mail carriers and the Internet are established; Cisco’s inaugural Networkers conference.

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1990 – The Hubble space telescope is launched; Cisco goes public.

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1991 – John Chambers joins Cisco as senior vice president of worldwide sales and operation.

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1992 – Compact discs surpass cassettes; Cisco earns its first patent for the Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, its method and apparatus for routing communications among computer networks.

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1993 – The White House and United Nations launch websites; first attempt at cloning human cells; Cisco ships its 100,000 router and introduces the Certified Internetwork Engineer (CCIE) program.

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1994 – Nelson Mandela elected President of South Africa.

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1995 – MIR, shuttle dock; Chambers becomes CEO.

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1996 – Cisco introduces the Catalyst 5000 switch.

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1997 – Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule.

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1998 – Europe agrees to single currency, the Euro.

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1999 – Y2K “bug” hits the computer industry; Cisco is the 8th most admired company, according to Fortune.

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2000 – The Human Genome deciphered; Cisco becomes world’s most valuable company in terms of market capitalization; the dot-com bubble inflates and bursts.

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2001 – September 11 terrorist attacks; AbioCor artificial heart invented.

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2002 – Pennsylvania miners rescued after 77 hours in a flooded shaft; Cisco ships its 1 millionth IP phone.

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2003 – Fast spreading Blaster worm infects tens of thousands of Windows PCs worldwide.

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2004 – 3G wireless becomes available; Red Sox win first World Series since 1918; Cisco launches the CRS-1.

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2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans.

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2006 – Twitter short message services site begins; Cisco sells more than 2 million Integrated Services Routers.

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2007 – Apple introduces the iPhone; Argentina elects first woman president; Cisco combines Networkers conference with Cisco Live exhibition as “Networkers at Cisco Live”.

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2008 – Barack Obama elected, first African American president; Google launches Android; Cisco announces that its 10-year-old Cisco Networking Academy program has provided more than 2 million students with information technology and networking skills.

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2009 – US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely lands plane in the Hudson; end of the US Great Recession; Cisco enters blade server market with Unified Computing System.

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2010 – Apple introduces the iPad tablet computer; Cisco warns Cisco Live attendees that the Cisco Live database is hacked.

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2011 – Osama Bin Laden killed; Middle Eastern spring of protests.

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2012 – Facebook IPO; Encyclopedia Britannica ceases print publication; Cisco’s revenue is $46 billion.

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2013 – Nelson Mandela dies.

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2014 – 25th Networkers.