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.

Network Translation, October 1995 Prior to 1995, Cisco was a networking company but had no presence in the security market. Then Cisco opened its wallet and acquired Network Translation Inc. (NTI). That led to the addition of a web cache, a local director, and the product that transformed Cisco into a security leader – the PIX Firewall. While the firewall market is highly crowded today, there was a time when CheckPoint and Cisco dominated the market in both mindshare and market share. Cisco now has one of the broadest security offerings with too many products to list here, but it all started with the acquisition of NTI.

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