What comes to mind when you think of Borderless Networks? For many people, the idea of universal and seamless connectivity evokes images of always on smart phones, videoconference technology, and collaboration applications like WebEx. These technologies are certainly a big part of the Borderless Networks vision, but it’s also important to look past the immediately visible end points of interaction to all the stuff going on in the background. You’ll realize that this “stuff” is in fact the network, an underlying architecture that makes all of these transformational applications and end points possible.
Borderless Networks refers to an entire system that enhances connectivity, lowers total cost of ownership, and brings about real business value. At the heart of this system is the core networking technology that has also been at the heart of Cisco’s business for over 20 years. These are the routers and switches that bear the brunt of providing you a Borderless Experience.
It’s no surprise then that Cisco’s presence at Interop 2009 in New York this week was dedicated in large part to examining foundational network technologies. After all, these technologies form the essential structure that will continue to support IT innovations in areas such as high-performance video communication (one of the primary topics at Interop this year).
One of the major demonstrations at the show centered on Cisco Catalyst switches. Cisco switches play a significant role in optimizing new video applications, setting throughput records for network virtualization, and ensuring nonstop network operations through in-service software upgrades. Borderless Networks require this innovative, flexible architecture.
Attending Marie Hattar’s keynote this week (You can register to watch a replay here), I was struck by the intricate connections between the core and the extensions of the network that make Borderless Networks possible. For instance, Cisco’s unified wireless architecture and support for next-generation 802.11n breaks down traditional borders of connectivity for wireless devices. EnergyWise technology embedded in the very switches that make the network run allows for remote monitoring and management of energy consumption by IP devices across entire organizations.
It was exciting chatting with conference-goers and finding out what Borderless Networks means to them. Here’s what the attendees had to say on Day 2. Be sure to let us know what you learned at Interop and what you found most interesting!