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Five Recent Cisco Products That Flopped

Cisco's recent decision to stop investing in its Cius tablet is one of several recent product misfires for the networking titan. Here are five examples from the past two years.

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Cisco Flip

The popular Flip video camera wasn't Cisco's to make -- it acquired Flip maker Pure Digital in March 2009, one of its best-known consumer-focused acquisitions. But it was Cisco's to kill, and kill Flip, Cisco did, in April 2011 during the start of its year-long corporate restructuring.

By itself, Flip will be remembered as a once-proud product done in by the consolidation of video, photography and other functions onto smartphones and other all-in-one mobile devices. For Cisco, it'll be remembered as a symbol of distraction: a shiny consumer object that enticed Cisco just as it should have been focused on competitors who wanted to attack its long-dominant enterprise and service provider networking shares.

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