In Pictures: Cisco's 10 most opportunistic acquisitions

These acquisitions helped Cisco jump on market trends early on, and take hold of them as they grow into money-makers.

Who said this quote: "If this market transition truly evolves the way that I think it's most likely to, the worst decision you could make is to not move." The answer is easy, as there's no person in technology that talks more about market transitions than Cisco's charismatic CEO, John Chambers.

Catching market transitions at the right time has enabled Cisco to move into many adjacent markets, helping shape the company into the giant it is today. Cisco has often used acquisitions as a way of moving into these new markets rapidly. Here are the top 10 acquisitions by Cisco that led to its largest adjacent opportunities.

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