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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1999

Cisco gets into voice networking in a big way in 1999 with its AVVID -- Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data -- blueprint. Putting voice over IP packet-switched data networks will essentially make voice a free service on data networks, CEO Chambers asserts, and lead to network convergence that will save customers money and operational tasks. The AVVID strategy will usher in a Cisco product line of IP phones and PBXs.

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