You’ve heard Cisco talk about borderless networking and mobility, and you’ve probably nodded your head, thinking, “Yeah, I know. I get that.” People connecting to a network to access applications and information with various devices from various locations at various times. Cisco, you’re preaching to the choir. Because for many employees at companies around the world, it’s a fact of life. For most it’s an expectation. And for those who are always on the go, it’s a demand.
However, for businesses and their IT departments, supporting a distributed workforce is a challenge. Where the user goes, the network goes. And where the network goes, corporate information goes. Instead of trying to stop an immovable force, Cisco is trying to usher it in for its customers with as much ingenuity and innovation as possible. Imagine if the network could help desktop virtualization technology handle more than just emails or data – a limitation that has hindered its adoption – and deliver rich media and video to thin clients, fat clients and everything in between. Imagine if a network could be so smart that before delivering information from a data center to a user it could factor in a person’s identity, job function, device, and physical location to determine if it was appropriate and safe? A salesperson accessing a sales spreadsheet? Are you in the office? Yes? Here you go. Happy selling. Oh wait – Are you at a coffee shop with your laptop open for all to see? Are you connecting via satellite on a plane? Sorry, but you have to wait before you get that document. Too many people can see it from where you’re sitting. In other words, imagine if the network could manage information access and delivery with such intelligence that it helped mitigate security threats and risks.
This is just the surface of Cisco’s technology vision for its enterprise customers. Today Cisco will describe in greater detail how it plans to help enterprise customers manage mobile workforces and information that can be delivered over wires, wirelessly, or virtually anywhere, anytime, anyhow. The strategy behind this vision is rooted in the company’s architectural approach. For a couple years, Cisco has built network-based architectures that support video, security, mobility, data centers, virtualization, collaboration, etc. Now the company is at a point in which it can fuse these individual architectures together and increase the benefits of end-to-end systems to its customers. From the data center, across the network, to any variety of endpoints.
Phil Sherburne, vice president of engineering, is one of the Cisco innovators responsible for developing such systems. The other day he shot this video of the company’s cross-architectural direction. Called VXI, or Virtualization eXperience Infrastructure, Phil describes what cross-architectural offerings from Cisco will do to ease the transition to dynamic, ever-changing, ever-moving IT infrastructures.
Over the next couple years, you will see Cisco heading down this road, enabling people to move freely without leaving their applications, information, or networks behind. As Cisco’s new advertising campaign suggests, things are better when they’re together. The company’s architectural strategy couldn’t agree more.
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Neil Wu Becker