Cisco’s Ottawa R&D team delivers global core routing innovation

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, and also a corporate leader in Ottawa’s technology community

Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communication. Cisco Systems Inc.’s networking solutions are the foundation of these networks. Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for its customers, partners, shareholders and employees and has become a worldwide leader in networking — transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

Cisco’s strategy is based on catching the market transitions that affect its customers. With the proliferation of video and collaborative Web 2.0 technologies, the network continues to evolve from the plumbing of the internet — providing connectivity — to the platform that will change the way people work, live, play and learn. Cisco is truly dedicated to its customers — creating longlasting customer partnerships and working with customers to identify needs and provide solutions that support success.

Cisco Canada has 1,200 employees, working across the country, focused on sales, marketing and product development. Cisco’s Ottawa Research and Development Centre is home to approximately 250 employees that focus on hardware development, software development, ASIC development, product test and verification, and product marketing.

In 2011, Cisco and the Province of Ontario announced a massive investment in research and development facilities. The deal, which will create 300 jobs in Ottawa and Toronto, includes a Cisco investment of $455 million over the next five years, while the province chips in an additional $25 million.

Why Canada?

Ottawa, as Canada’s capital, is a centre of excellence for high-tech and one of the world’s top sites for R&D. It attracts leading global technology companies, creating a unique community unmatched elsewhere in Canada, that helps drive innovation. Ottawa is also a recognized centre for academic and professional training with world-class universities and colleges, offering an exceptional population of highly trained professionals to support the growing R&D sector.

Cisco has deep roots within the Ottawa community. The company has been a long time supporter of Ottawa’s Bluesfest, the city’s most popular summer celebration, now in its 19th year.

Business Advantage

Cisco’s ASR1000, ASR9000 and CRS-3 routers have defined Cisco as an innovative leader in the core routing and switching portfolio.

The CRS-3 offers more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system.

The ASR 9000 System is designed to meet the bandwidth challenges of the future. It has 96 Tbps of total capacity, Cisco IOS® XR Software for continuous operation, integrated advanced video services content delivery system and Cisco network virtualization technology. With the CRS-3 at the core of the network and the ASR 9000 System on its edge, operators and data centers will have all the capacity they need to serve tomorrow’s Internet. Together, the pair will be able to support the expected 17-fold growth of IP video data over the next few years and beyond.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers delivers integrated, high-performance services, including multi-gigabite encryption, broadband, 40 Gbps firewall, Network-based Application Recognition (NBAR), Flexible Packet Matching (FPM), WAN optimization, and Cisco Session Border Controller. This system offers enterprise and service providers industry-leading performance, service capabilities, reliability, and efficiencies in a compact form.

Future growth plans

Cisco spends nearly $5.2 billion a year in research and development, making it one of the top R&D companies in the world. When looking at R&D as a percentage of revenue, Cisco matches or exceeds industry peers, demonstrating the company’s commitment to innovation.

A differentiator for Cisco is its internal innovation, acquisition strategy and partner approach. The ability to innovate is currently the harbinger of success and sustainability for the modern corporation. Of all of the companies on the Fortune 500 in 1965, only 19 per cent remain on this prestigious list today. Companies that successfully innovated and reinvented themselves, like Cisco, remain. Cisco’s acquisition strategy is the best in the world and it particularly looks for acquisitions that capitalize on market disruption through new technologies and new business models.

Contact information

Cisco Systems Inc. Ottawa Research and Development Centre
www.cisco.com
+1 (613) 254-0000

Invest Ottawa
www.investottawa.ca
+1 (613) 828-6274 

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