Five Recent Cisco Products That Flopped


Cisco Mail

Cisco Mail was a hosted email product released by Cisco during a collaboration/UC blitz in the fall of 2009 and intended as Cisco's first branded competitor to the likes of Google Gmail and IBM Lotus Notes. The basic package cost $5 per user per month and included Microsoft Outlook integration and 5 GB of storage.

But it was not to be: Cisco in February 2011 confirmed the axe for Cisco Mail, with Cisco Collaboration Software Group SVP Debra Chrapaty -- who exited Cisco not two months later -- saying that customers "have come to view their email as a mature and commoditized tool versus a long-term differentiated element of their collaboration strategy." Cisco's investment in Cisco Mail was said to have been about $250 million.