Shiva Corporation

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Shiva Corporation was a company that specialized in computer networking and associated equipment, in particular remote access products. The company was founded in 1985, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Shiva was co-founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates Frank Slaughter [1] and by Daniel J. Schwinn, the current president and CEO of Avidyne Corporation. [2]

Shiva acquired the British network products company Spider Systems in 1995, which became Shiva Europe Ltd.[3]

Users of 16-bit Internet Explorer on Windows 3 with dial-up connections saw the Shiva name regularly, as the company provided part of the dial-up TCP/IP stack for 16-bit Internet Explorer versions 3, 4 and 5.[4]

Shiva was acquired by Intel in October 1998 [5] during a lengthy class-action lawsuit in which it was alleged that it hid information concerning the deterioration of the company [6] and became part of the Intel Network Products Division.

In November 2002 it was acquired by Simple Access Inc., which adopted the Shiva Corporation identity. A year later, the company was acquired by Mernet Secure Network. Mernet were subsequently acquired by Eicon Networks in February 2004.[7] Since 2006, Eicon are now known as Dialogic Corporation.