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Cisco Partners Can Look Beyond SDN Hype To Network Programmability

- June 18, 2013 - 2 Comments

There’s been a lot of hype and speculation among industry watchers over Cisco’s position in the software-defined networking (SDN) trend. But as Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, explained during Cisco Partner Summit, SDN itself is a limited vision – customers aren’t gaining all that much by merely virtualizing network functions, for example.

“SDN addresses only a portion of the requirements our customers need,” explained Padma during her Day 2 General Session keynote at Partner Summit. It’s network programmability that should be the goal, she said, and Cisco and partners are the ones who will “clarify and explain to customers how the network of the future must transition to deliver better value.”

Padma joined the Cisco Channels social media team at Partner Summit to further clarify Cisco’s approach to network programmability. Let’s hear what she had to say:

Read on for more from Padma. 

Customers these days seek business outcomes from their IT investments, and as several Cisco executives described during Partner Summit, those goals are achieved using an architectural, solutions-centric approach that combines hardware, software, ASICs and services.

As Padma explained, the shift toward the Internet of Everything means pervasive IP in all aspects of business, and Cisco and its partners have opportunities to innovate at each major network layer: infrastructure, platform and application. A robust partner ecosystem is critical to Cisco’s approach, Padma added, from ISVs to infrastructure builders and providers of platform and managed services.

Expect to hear more from Cisco on its approach to network programmability, including the Cisco Open Networking Environment (ONE), which will be a big topic at Cisco Live in Orlando next week. Catch up on Cisco ONE and opportunities for partners and developers here, or leave a comment below and tell us what you think.


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  1. Hey Chad, Awesome info,SDN may be sometimes problematic for the Cisco because it allows to support the switching fabric across the application-specific integrated circuits and the multi-vendor hardware.Try to use Openflow.

  2. Great vision Padma. I do agree more and more thing will be connected to the network but also believe the network has to be so much more intelligent than it is today.