What could be a better way to start the new year than with a brand new award? Check out this issue of Linux Magazine, which names Cisco to the ‘Top 20 companies to watch in 2009′ award, debuting at #5. According to Linux magazine, they’ve chosen these companies (with a little help from their crystal ball) because “these firms have a high probability of helping their customers to save some funds in 2009. Chosen because they could help enterprises survive and even thrive..”. I thought that was beautifully put, almost John Chambers like. Among other things, Linux magazine specifically mentions the work done by the Integrated Services Router and the Cisco ‘Think Inside the Box Developer’ contest. I thought that was pretty cool. This is certainly a new direction for Cisco, but it also builds upon a lot of efforts that different groups of people have put in the direction of adopting Linux, Open Source and collaboration in general. Special thanks to Linux Magazine, their editorial team and a big shout-out to their readers from our side. We are excited…Go 2009!