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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Cisco's stiffest competitor in service provider routing -- Juniper Networks -- is founded in 1996 by former officials from a company Cisco bought that year for $4 billion: fast packet switch maker StrataCom. Juniper has funding from several Cisco rivals -- including 3Com, Siemens/Newbridge and Northern Telecom -- and ships its first M-series router (pictured) in 1997. The company today is a $4 billion entity with a 30% share of the service provider core router market and 19% share at the edge, according to Dell'Oro Group.

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