Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is retrenching and putting less emphasis on consumer products such as video cameras, is offering early retirement to some employees.

According to veteran tech journalist The VAR Guy, Cisco sent him an e-mail confirming the early retirement plan. Bloomberg and NetworkWorld were among the other news media that reported the buyout offers.

The VAR Guy said he received the following statement from Cisco:

“Cisco is offering a voluntary early retirement package to a portion of our US and Canada employee base. The concept of voluntary early retirement is not new and was implemented by Cisco a couple of years ago. Cisco employs a variety of different methods to control costs and align investment dollars, and offering this voluntary early retirement program to those eligible employees in the US and Canada is part of our ongoing commitment to responsible business management.”

Cisco employs some 4,000 people at its campus in Research Triangle Park.

The move reflects “our ongoing commitment to responsible business management,” San Jose, California-based Cisco said today in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.

Chief Executive Officer John Chambers has promised to make “targeted moves” to sharpen the company’s focus after branching out into more than 30 side businesses. One of the first steps came earlier this month, when Cisco announced plans to close its Flip video-camera business and cut 550 jobs.

Investors expect Cisco to sell more of its consumer businesses, consolidate operations and shake up its management structure as part of the changes, Tal Liani, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said in a note today.

The company didn’t specify how many workers it expected to take the packages or how much would be saved.

Two years ago, Cisco offered similar retirement packages while also laying off some 2,000 employees.

For The VAR Guy report, read here.

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