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

Also in 1999, Cisco introduces what is perhaps its most important product since its first router: the Catalyst 6500 Ethernet switch. The 6500 becomes the cash cow of Cisco's $15 billion switching business and solidifies the company's dominance in enterprise networks. The Catalyst 6500 today has 25,000 customers and 700,000 chassis installed worldwide.

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