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10 Key Cisco Channel Events From The Past Year

Cisco had a wild 2011, and a lot has happened since the last time solution providers gathered for the annual Cisco Partner Summit. Here's a look at 10 big events in the Cisco channel from the past 12 months, leading up to next week's 2012 Partner Summit in San Diego.

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April 2011: Good-Bye, Flip

The Flip videocamera certainly wasn't the only key piece of Cisco's consumer-focused strategy, but it has come to symbolize a Cisco that had lost its way -- taken its eye off the enterprise networking ball, some partners would call it -- chasing consumer and other adjacent pursuits that didn't quite fit its culture nor paid handsome returns.

Cisco last April said it would kill off the Flip camera it had acquired with Pure Digital in 2009, and since then, more consumer-leaning products also have bitten the dust. The quietest kill-off of all was Umi, the much-hyped personal Telepresence unit that Cisco ceased selling in early December.

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