I was at a movie theater recently, seated comfortably and waiting to see the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when I overheard a friendly debate among three young men in the row ahead of me.

“If you could have one superpower, what would you want?”  It’s impolite to eavesdrop, but I had that conversation too many times as a kid – and, yes, as an adult – to avoid listening.

Invisibility was the first suggestion.  “I could spy on people and leave class whenever I wanted.”  Not a reason I would want a child of mine to give, but ok.

“Flight,” another said.  Why?  “I could go anywhere.”  You can’t argue with that logic.

“Super strength,” said the third fellow.  He illustrated his point by raising his arms and letting out a mock growl.  “Who wouldn’t want super strength?”

Solid choices, although for anyone looking to maximize a super-power-granting wish, there’s really only one option:  super speed.  That’s because super speed gives you many powers all in one.

Want to confirm an arch-villain is still safely tucked away in that super-stronghold?  Forget telescopic or x-ray vision – with super speed you can dash there, look around and return instantly.  Don’t want your significant other to notice that your mild-mannered self and heroic alter ego are never in the same place at the same time?  With super speed you can appear to be in two places at once.  Need to shake off the energy blast that a giant robot just clobbered you with?   Super speed lets you heal quickly.

The multiple benefits of super speed explain why Cisco IT has been adding it in one form or another to our Data Centers for quite a while now.  Simplified architecture and processes.  AutomationDigitization.  These all increase the speed and efficiency at which we conduct our business, and in turn improve our agility, reduce costs and enable us to accomplish goals faster.

We’ve been talking about these super speed improvements with customers, because they can take advantage of them, too.  Watch the video below for highlights from our EMEAR Data Center Day event held in the UK and stay tuned for updates from our newest Data Center Day being hosted in Texas next week.