A breakdown of Cisco Systems’ acquisition history as the company approaches No. 200
Entrance to Cisco System's headquarters in San Jose.
That’s a lot of acquisitions and when you consider the company didn’t acquire its first until 7 years after its founding, Cisco has been a consistent M&A machine ever since, acquiring an average of 8 to 9 companies a year.
To put 200 into context, only several tech companies have more then 100. Google is right behind Cisco — followed by IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Oracle.
Cisco is somewhat unusual amongst acquirers in that it maintains a page listing every acquisition. Analyzing this list within Mergr, here are some stats and figures based on Cisco’s acquisition history thus far.