Cisco is Evolving the Network into the iPhone of the Enterprise

June 26, 2017 - 5 Comments

It’s an exciting time in the networking industry. According to IDC, the worldwide programmability market will experience huge growth over the next three years and be worth nearly $12.5 billion. Cisco is leading the charge in this market and recently unveiled a new generation of intent-based networking solutions. This enables a new and programmable network that can anticipate actions, stop security threats in their tracks, and even learn to solve previously unsolvable challenges.

For IT professionals, this is life-changing news as they try to adapt their skillsets to a new era of networking, or risk being left behind. For app developers, the shift to intuitive and programmable networks is also creating a new world of opportunities. Traditionally, app developers wouldn’t think twice about the network, but as the network becomes code, the app developer gains a new platform to innovate to their hearts content.

This presents a tremendous opportunity to leverage the network as a modern software system with APIs, programmable ASICs and software layers that add analytics and intelligence. If you followed the discussions last month at DevNet Create, you understand how important this relationship between apps and infrastructure has become.

Today, we’re taking big step toward giving developers the power to unleash a new generation of network-powered applications by offering the resources a developer needs to delve right in. The new Cisco DNA Developer Center allows developers to:

Whatever you choose, your apps will thank you.

A decade ago, the iPhone created a new breed of applications for the consumer. I believe the programmable network will have the same impact for the enterprise. Over the next decade, we’ll see a new breed of network-powered applications emerge and a new category of network-powered developers will emerge.

With these new tools, developers can bring applications directly into the network and create smarter software. The combination of smart software and a programmable network provides limitless opportunities for the developer, which is especially important as cloud, IoT and mobile ecosystems grow. Through APIs, apps can talk to the network, allowing for improved performance, security and quick provisioning to get the network resources needed. In essence, apps now have super powers. How cool is that?

Success is dependent on breaking down silos between the network and app developers. Enter DevNet. We built a community of more than 450,000 developers that can grow and learn together. With more than 150 events each year, there are numerous opportunities to learn and, as a result, take advantage of a massive new market.

For Cisco, the network has become code. Just as early developers monetized the iPhone ecosystem, developers that act now will pioneer dramatically more powerful apps in IoT, analytics, AR, VR, data science and other areas incomprehensible to us now. ’m really excited to see what happens next. So, how will you make your mark?


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  1. Integrating (AI) in the coming years is a major Cisco’s revolution step that will showcase the unique style of innovation which it stands for in the networking world.

  2. How fast can the world adapt this? Enterprises are usual not the quickest!

    • Cees Klevit: In running our DevNet developer program, I’ve had the fortune to meet and see many network professionals who are constantly learning new skills and technologies. They had the drive to learn networking technologies to build the network and internet as we know it today; and now they are using that drive to learn software skills. These network professionals will build the new intent-based network that will carry us into the future of IoT and Cloud.

  3. Yes, I see that the next Cisco’s revolution step, in its true and unique style of innovation, is just to integrate (AI) in the coming years, to ignite its networking technology years ahead, and its well established reputation in the networking world. I really see it coming, there’s no doubt. Congratulations Cisco’s teams that make things happen everyday with the customers in mind!

    • Dr. Jose Wong-Perez – Thank you for understanding the essence and potential of the “learning network.”I agree that incorporating AI into the network is revolutionary and will drive the network to carry new workloads and applications that will truly transform business and user experiences. It is not a Cisco-only play, but one that involves and provides opportunity for the broader ecosystem. Look forward to working with you on this!