1Networking, Security, IoE Take the Stage at Cisco Live 2015
by Jeffrey Burt
2John Chambers Says Good-Bye
The show in San Diego was the last one that Chambers will attend as Cisco’s CEO. However, he still will be a presence at the company as its executive chairman and board chairman.
3Chuck Robbins Comes to the Forefront
Robbins has been with the company for 17 years, so he’s not new to Cisco Live. Still, his profile this year was particularly high as he prepares to take over as CEO July 26.
4One Last Time
Lloyd, who will leave Cisco July 25—the day before Robbins takes over—talks to the crowd at his last Cisco Live after 21 years with the networking giant.
5A World of Developers
Cisco made sure to give developers as much hands-on experience with the technology as possible.
6Cisco Taking Flight
On display at the show was a drone that included Cisco technology.
7A Highly Connected World
Chambers has often said that the IoE was as big a transition for the IT industry as the Internet was, and Cisco had its technology on full display.
8Shining a Light on IoE
Smart lighting for the home and business is one of the areas getting a lot of attention in these early days of the IoE.
9Securing the Network for IoE
At the show, Cisco officials talked about efforts to make security pervasive throughout the network—from the data center to the cloud to the endpoints—to accelerate adoption of the IoE and to protect against increasingly sophisticated threats.
10Adding to the Intercloud
Cisco also is bringing developers to its Intercloud initiative to help create cloud services for the effort, which is aimed at creating a global connected network of clouds.
11Opening the Lines of Communication
The company had its collaboration technology on display at the show, including its TelePresence systems.
12Networking Is at the Heart of Cisco
While there was talk of clouds, collaboration and security, at the center of it all is the network, the foundation for everything Cisco does.
13That Includes Networking Hardware
Cisco introduced two new Nexus switches aimed at mega-scale and cloud data centers, including the 3264R, a 2U (3.5-inch) 64-port switch that supports speeds of 10G and 40G.
14Building Out ACI
The company brought greater programmability and automation capabilities to its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) portfolio.
15The Importance of Partners
Cisco officials have stressed the importance of openness, developers and partners—including Intel—to the company’s plans for everything from ACI and software-defined networking (SDN) to the IoE.
16Power to Women
Also at the show, Cisco conducted its third annual Empowered Women’s Network Forum, a network of Cisco customers, partners and employees who come together to help women in IT.