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Cisco CTO Warrior on Next-Generation Internet

February 16, 2010
at 12:00 pm PST

As an industry, we are now in the process of building the Next-Generation Internet, which will deliver a much richer user experience and greater value for businesses  and individual consumers.  

We believe Cisco is positioned to lead this transformation. Working with our partners, we have an opportunity to develop new capabilities and new business models.  This video of Cisco CTO, Padmasree Warrior outlines the transformation of the Next Generation Internet.

There are four key elements of the Next Internet that will distinguish it from the Internet of today:

- First, the next Internet must be built as a Media Experience Platform, with  the intelligence to deliver rich media experiences. For example, the ability to detect real-time network traffic conditions and to format video to best match the characteristics of the end user’s device.

- The second transformation is from a messaging to a collaboration platform. This means providing the platform for real-time collaboration across boundaries and firewalls to enable inter-company interactions and transactions with  built-in security. Social networking concepts need to be made more robust for the enterprise world.

- Third is the evolution from pure price/performance to a broader focus on sustainability. Price/performance is still critical, but going forward we must expand our approach to address the core issue of sustainability.   

- The fourth key characteristic of the Next Internet is the transition to an underlying computing architecture that is distributed and highly virtualized, making it easy for organizations to pool and share IT resources in a dynamic, on-demand manner. 

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  1. Great read, enjoyed it with my coffee. Thank you.

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  2. Thanks, John, Padmasree and Alex. Thought provoking post and video. Before moving on to the next generation, it makes me consider a more fundamental question, what is the Internet?”" I think end users perceive the Internet, today, to be much more than the wikipedia definition of “”the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide.”" I agree, that well beyond the notion of a “”network of networks,”" end users will have very high expectations for rich media and a collaborative experience in the next generation internet.”

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  3. Please reduce the volume of the background music. It make it very hard to hear the people speaking.Cisco Note: Thanks for the feedback…we’ve taken the music out of the video.

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  4. RE: Social networking concepts – As we, the twitter/facebook/blog-generation, increasingly collaborate over the Internet, we are becoming part of many communities (physical, virtual, local, global, diverse, professional and social) than ever before. It is important that we enhance our behavioral and social skills as we balance our different personae over the Internet. I believe that most of us, myself included, are not yet there in confidently balancing our professional and social identities and networks. Privacy and security issues will be paramount as we go the next level of the Internet.

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  5. It is facinating to see and experience the ever changing world of the internet. Exciting times.

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  6. In the UK we’ve struggled with the current version of the internet. Passing off 512Kb connections as broadband is truly appauling in this day and age.With such a diverse and spread out population the internet service providers are going to focus on the largely populated areas and those on the edges will once again be treated as second class internet citizens!I do look forward to be able to enjoy faster wireless and faster internet speeds but building solutions that take advantage of these faster speeds will still need to support these slower connections.

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  7. Interesting information. Looking forward for the next generation internet which give user more friendly experience.

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  8. I can’t wait for these things to be put into use. Intel and Cisco have the best commercials that showcase what technology can really do and we can only hope that it is implemented very soon.I would like to see Cisco and Google team up on this new est”" network that will showcase how fast the internet could really be…”

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  9. Nice discussion on future of the Internet;Thin clients connected to thick clouds would likely produce the next generation features mentioned in her talk

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  10. It is definitely that next-gen internet is coming, web 2.0, and new ways to look at internet by tablets and next-gen internet devices.

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  11. Very interesting article. I can’t wait to see how this all develops. Even faster speeds would be a big help.

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  12. The point on sustainability is particularly interesting when you consider the amount of CO2 being produced as a result of the search-engines. (never mind all those videos being watched on youtube etc).would be interesting to see if at some point we’ll have to pay a carbon tax on that kind of browsing behaviourVeit

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  13. Computer is a necessary for all of the people who are engaged in business and working in office.So some of the technology news can help them a lot.And some internet news can help them.Thanks

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  14. I agree with Jon Cook — I hope that the applications of the next generation will be respectful of a range of connecting speeds and screen sizes too. I stopped using AOL when it started stuffing its site with all those moving graphics that made the site impossible to load — and they lost me for good. I’m not even sure whether they now load faster.And I’m definitely with Harish Menon on the need for privacy and security. If people have to worry about viruses that’ll be the end of downloading apps.Especially provided those things are taken care of, I’m really excited about the next gen’s possibilities!

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  15. Internet will became the place there people will build their future individual live’s))

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  16. Padmasree,This is really great news.Your address is very informative exciting and to the point, wish you and Cisco best.Any kind of help or coop from us pls do let me knowBestAleem

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  17. It sounds really interesting. Medie Experience gets more and more important for many people, so the next Internet will surely be successful. And you´re absolutely right, the enterprise can´t work without sustainability. Many people wouldn´t accept a new generation Internet if it wasn´t sustainable.

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  18. The biggest challenge in building the next generation internet is going to be building the platform for real-time collaboration across boundaries that is actually secure. With an increase in connectivity you also increase the threat of security breaches.

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  19. Thanks for the great info. How will the internet develops? Who know?

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  20. Nice , thank you .

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  21. Thought provoking stuff. We couldn’t agree more – Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will underpin the Next-Generation Internet.An early test of this will be the next Winter Olympics in Sochi which is being described as the first 100% digital games and whose logo is a URL. See http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/cold_with_a_chance_of_snow_crystals.php for example.Interesting to read this hot on the heels of Paul Venezia’s blog post also published today http://www.infoworld.com/t/streaming-media/olympics-will-not-be-televised-216

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  22. I do see Google working towards the same path of developing more collaboration platforms, but the success of it remains to be seen.Sustainability should definitely be one of the integral part of the future internet. Most enterprise still do not link these two concepts together!

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  23. I think from a developers point of view one big key of any
    ew internet”" is the adoption of more current browsers. Technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 are great but it would be so much easier for developers to create better user experiences if they didn’t have the issue of browser compatibility. I know browsers will always be different but at some point there will needs to be a defined, uniform set of guidelines that all browsers adhere to so web developers can start focusing on new and better experiences for the end user.”

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  24. Totally agree about moving from messaging to a collaboration platform. At oneDrum, we’ve been building a real-time Wave-like platform for MS Office. But under the covers it’s a generic collaboration platform any developer can utilize. Whether it’s us, or someone else, the way we build interactive apps has to become easier, with trivial access to the set of services that allow developers to enable or design collaborative apps.

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  25. With evolving cloud computing and virtualization, network traffic will increase many-fold. Collaboration and video would account for a major bulk of consumer Internet traffic. Would innovations in switching and routing accommodate this unbelievable requirement for internet bandwidth? With over 2billion people connecting to the Internet using computers, cell phones, PDAs…etc!!!

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  26. Padmasree, Thanks for tweeting & sharing. As a Strategy professor, one of the most interesting things for me in the video was, Work will be a function, rather than a place we go to in the future!

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  27. ”First, the next Internet must be built as a Media Experience Platform, with the intelligence to deliver rich media experiences. For example, the ability to detect real-time network traffic conditions and to format video to best match the characteristics of the end user’s device.”That is what i have been waiting fot the next generation internet. By the development of fiber internet this is wahat we will be using in a couple of years and since i am interested in multimedya sources, this will make us be able to review streaming mass media online and not need to store terabytes of data..Awesome…

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  28. I article per se is excellent. It gives a broader perspective of things to come.Having said that, I see the next Internet as medium that creates and a more inclusive atmosphere rather than only personal opinions. Like we do see on the Social Network. I think the Social network is in its infancy and will have to grow leaps and bounds.Also, Internet penetration is going to be a Key in creating the Next Generation Internet. From a developed nations”" perspective the penetration is high but from a global perspective the penetration is pretty low. In country like India (which is considered to be an IT hub) the penetration is just 10%… It will and should grow and when it does we will see a lot of changes and lot of ideas coming forth… I think that is what we are preparing for today. Example: The HDD was 1 GB 15 years back when I had a x386 and now it is 1TB… G has become T… still Peta, exa, zetta and yotta to go in the next 20 years… Ah!! I wish I stay alive till then :)”

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  29. Padmasree’s closing sound bite is powerful and resonates for me: that ‘work will become a function rather than a place’. Well said!91% of internet traffic is expected to be video by 2013 – so, certainly the next gen internet will require advances in video management and delivery. We, at Georgia Tech, also believe the next gen internet will have rich geo-location and advanced analytic capabilities.Great glob/video.

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  30. Most of us clearly agree that the current trend would drive technologies that improve IT cost and efficiency. Virtualization would be the #1 contender because it saves money and it allows faster application time to market. Virtualization without doubt is a key driver for the growth of carrier-class Ethernet solutions. Cloud computing would retain its dominance as it serves not only as a platform for Software as a Service (SaaS), but for general computing and storage infrastructure solutions and information or business processes as well.Virtualization, Ethernet and cloud computing technologies would be the most sought after technologies for the coming years.

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