In 1995, after 11 years working at the Computer Science Lab of Xerox PARC, Pradeep Sindhu took a leave of absence to consider his next steps. Noting the explosive growth of the Internet and the importance of connecting computers, Sindhu was struck by the enormous potential of the router — the fundamental building block of the network. He returned from a vacation with the idea to start a company to supply high-performance routers to support the quickly emerging Internet.

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