In Pictures: Critical milestones in Cisco history

Cisco: From its Catalyst 6500 Ethernet switch rollout to 2011's 'transformation,' the networking giant has a rich history

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1994

Cisco solidifies its leadership in Ethernet switching by acquiring Kalpana in 1994, a company credited with inventing Ethernet switching and the EtherChannel method of bonding together multiple link into a virtual high-bandwidth pipe. Cisco lands another important executive with this purchase -– Charlie Giancarlo, who during his 14 years at Cisco develops the company's acquisition strategy and leads several technology groups.

Pictured: Kalpana switch

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