A Story of Evolution: From Insects to Networks
I learned a new word the other day. Diapause. It’s used in the context of insects, to describe a spontaneous shutdown of development as a result of negative environmental conditions. According to Wikipedia, when the unfavorable conditions cease, a period of quiescence follows—a period of stillness—that allows the insects to regroup. During this phase, they continue to withstand harsh conditions while getting ready to take advantage of good conditions as quickly as possible. I couldn’t help comparing these stages to what we’ve been doing in the business world with regard to the economy. Aggressive businesses have been using the downturn to actually gear up for the upturn. Others have simply laid low. With all the positive economic indicators lately, I think it’s safe to say that most are now in a state of quiescence. And that’s why what we’re about to announce next week is so exciting. Because it lays such a solid foundation for blasting ahead in our media-rich, mobile world.
On March 17, we’re hosting a live event in San Jose to introduce the next evolution of our Borderless Network Architecture. This will be a major event with presentations by top Cisco executives, including John Chambers and Padmasree Warrior.
What’s driving this is a huge shift in the type of data we now see traversing the network, as well as a shift in how we define our workspace. Video is becoming a growing mainstay of internet traffic. Also, the people we need to connect with are mobile or remote; “work” is no longer a place but an activity. The traditional borders of device, application, and location are falling away, whether we want them to or not. And with that, a new kind of network is needed—one that allows us to connect and collaborate anytime, anywhere, with any device. Securely, reliably and seamlessly.
Please join us —either live in San Jose or via webcast— on Wednesday, March 17 from 10:00am-12pm Pacific Time. And prepare to evolve to that post-quiescent stage!