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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1993

Cisco makes its first and most significant acquisition in 1993 -- Ethernet switching startup Crescendo Communications. The purchase launches Cisco's $15 billion Catalyst switching business, and brings four important executives to the company: Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero and Jayshree Ullal.

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