Q&A with Soni Jiandani, VP, Server Access and Virtualization
Over the last few years, the data center has grown to become a large part of Cisco’s technology portfolio, covering network switches, servers, storage switches, security, and much more. Soni Jiandani, vice president of Cisco’s Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit, leads a team that has become a true “innovation engine” for the data center.
Many of the data center technologies Cisco announced today were developed by Jiandani’s group. To learn more, you can read an interview with Soni in which she shares her thoughts “On the Nature of Innovation.”
In “On the Nature of Innovation” she discusses such topics as Fibre Channel Over Ethernet, Cisco ASICs, merchant silicon, and more.
Soni states, in part:
“Throughout our history we have maintained a close collaboration with our customers in order to understand their current requirements and vision for how technology can benefit their business in the 3-5 year time horizon. By listening and then applying our technology expertise and experience of over 2 decades, we have been successful in driving many innovations into our architecture through custom silicon development. At the same time, we are often leading the charge to drive these innovations through the standardization process and providing engineering support for plug-fests and industry-wide interoperability efforts. We do this because we believe it is in the best interests of the customers, the industry and Cisco.”