the "history" of the Internet/Web
RichA at vulcan.com
Tue Jul 22 16:43:13 CDT 2008
> From: Dan Gahlinger
> Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 8:32 AM
> For example, the first Cisco 2501 router to roll off the assembly
> in 1994. And at least in the early days, the only addressing they had
> Novell IPX. neither igrp nor ospf were there yet. (just putting
All right, let's review the history here.
cisco Systems was incorporated in 1984 by Len Bosack and Sandy
directors respectively of the Computer Science Department Computer
the Graduate School of Business Computer Facility of Stanford
first two employees were Kirk Lougheed, systems manager for the
Engineering Department Computer Facility, and Richard Troiano, a
What were their products? The MEIS (Massbus-Ethernet Interface
3Mbit Ethernet for the DECSYSTEM-20 (for which Digital would not produce
Ethernet until 1988), a TCP/IP router based on SUN-1 cards in a VME
and a terminal interface processor (TIP) based on the same hardware.
Who were their target market? Anyone intending to build an internet
two or more Ethernet-based local-area networks, a topology demonstrated
Xerox PARC (where Ethernet was invented) using another internetworking
suite called PUP (PARC Universal Packets). They did this because
they saw a
time when the Internet would be available to any business, not just
contract to the US Department of Defense or the US Department of Energy,
they wanted to be in place to take advantage of that with an already
So the capabilities of the 2501 (which, if I remember correctly,
a product from Catalyst, a smaller competitor which cisco bought out
1992 while I was working for them) are irrelevant to what cisco gear
with respect to the Internet.
 The original spelling even had a leading apostrophe: 'cisco Systems.
first part of the name is an abbreviation of "San Francisco".
communication from Sandy Lerner)
 In point of fact, the cisco router was capable of doing PUP as well
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