Cisco, an American multinational tech conglomerate, was founded in 1984. Married computer scientists Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner were at Stanford University at the time. They were working to connect two separate networks housed in different buildings. They used cabling, bridges, and then routers to put the two networks together. They realized they needed something additional to enable the networks to “talk” to each other and transmit information. Thus, the multi-protocol router was born.
The company name is derived from the city name, San Francisco, and its logo depicts the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first product was shipped in 1986, and the company grew in leaps and bounds, with tens of millions in funding soon following. By the year 2000, Cisco was the most valuable company in the world—with a market value of about $500 billion. Today Cisco (based in San Jose, California) has more than 35,000 employees in more than 115 countries. It has a market cap upward of $170 billion. Eighty-five percent of Internet traffic flows through Cisco systems.
These days, Cisco’s reputation is built firmly around both its tech and its work environment, ranked the 4th best place to work in the world according to Fortune magazine. Networking hardware is still a major focus, along with artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and security. It is uniquely positioned as a crucial player in the telecommunications industry and is making major financial moves to grow its influence further.
Cisco and ServerLIFT
Servers from the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server series and the UCS C-Series Rack Server series are represented in the ServerLIFT Server Database along with dozens of other Cisco hardware products, because our data center lifts can lift them all. The Cisco Unified Computing System brings together networking, servers, and management in a computing architecture ideal for traditional workloads, data analytics, or the cloud.
- Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers: 2 and 4-socket servers based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The UCS B200 and UCS B480 M5 Blade Servers can be used with any ServerLIFT data center lift model.
- UCS C-Series Rack Servers: Available in 1, 2, or 4-CPU configurations, based on Intel® Xeon® processors. As is the case with the B-Series servers, all C-Series servers in the database can be moved, positioned, and installed/removed with the help of any ServerLIFT data center lift model.
- Cisco Switches and Directors: Also represented in our server database are a number of Cisco switches and directors from various series, including the Nexus series, MDS, and Catalyst. Nexus switches are flexible modular and fixed-port network switches. The MDS series is known for multiple-layer network and storage-management intelligence capabilities. Finally, the Catalyst line of switches is represented by its newest offering, the 9000 family. These are known for their advanced customization and manageability.
It’s important to plan well ahead and put safety first when working with top-of-the-line IT equipment such as the products listed above from Cisco. A lifting and transportation solution built specifically for the data center is required. ServerLIFT data center lifts are the only server-handling devices capable of use without risk in such cases; our customers report a 100 percent accident-free work environment. We’re proud to partner with data centers all over the world in conjunction with high-quality Cisco hardware.
ServerLIFT solutions and products are designed to properly assist with lifting, handling, and installing all manner of Cisco rack-mounted equipment, including the UCS B-Series and UCS C-Series rack servers, as well as the Nexus 9000, Nexus 9300, 9300-GX, Nexus 9300-FX, 9300-FX2, 9300-FX3, 9300-EX, 9300 ACI, Nexus 9200, Nexus 3000, Nexus 3550, Nexus 7000, MDS 9100 & 9200, Catalyst 9200, 9300, 9400, & 9500, MDS 9500 & 9700 series switches. To get additional details on compatibility and partnership between ServerLIFT and Cisco, visit our server database.