Cisco engineer touts collaboration and innovation

Cisco engineer touts collaboration and innovation

Networking giant flags generational change, bandwidth intensity and sustainability as key technology drivers during Cisco Networkers conference

Collaboration will be Cisco's major focus for the next decade in driving innovation

Collaboration will be Cisco's major focus for the next decade in driving innovation

Cisco has identified collaboration as its major focus for the next decade in driving innovation.

In a keynote speech at its 14th annual Cisco Networkers conference, distinguished systems engineer, Michael Boland, said it had embarked on an “open innovation model” and opened its R&D to submissions from outside groups on ways to solve problems and drive new technologies.

Boland then identified five key drivers of innovation moving forward: Generational change, globalisation, sustainability, mobility and bandwidth intensity. In all cases, the vendor was looking to build new technologies or form partnerships to address the trends, he said.

Boland highlighted a number of examples of these drivers at work within Cisco including the recently built headquarters in Bangalore to better address the needs of emerging nations, which he said accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the world’s GDP.

Cisco is also working on developing solutions to better facilitate collaboration within an organisation.

The development of the Quantum Flow Processor – of which the ASR1000 is the first product to feature the technology – and Fibre Channel over Ethernet aim to address the growing demands on bandwidth and speed, Boland said. Cisco’s telepresence solution was its flagship sustainability message and had saved the company $125 million in travel costs to date, he said.

Boland also flagged the datacentre as an area in which the vendor has an opportunity to innovate and drive convergence. Technologies such as the Nexus 5000 switch series and Fibre over Ethernet will begin to facilitate this convergence, Boland said. The vendor is also working with partners to develop broader standards.

On the collaboration front, he pointed out the vendor’s recent iPrize campaign drew 1100 respondents multinationally.

“We’ve narrowed that number down to 32, and will soon announce the winner, who will receive a $250,000 prize and the option to join Cisco as a separate business unit with a guaranteed $10 million funding for three years,” Boland said.

- Matthew Sainsbury travelled to Cisco Networkers as a guest of Cisco.

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