When tech giant Cisco talks ‘disruptive’ technology, it’s all about its customers
By Chris JankovichThe Hill – September 08, 2019 06:10:52Tech giants Cisco and Amazon are gearing up to take on the entrenched Wall Street and venture capital firms.
But how does Cisco’s strategy play in the world of big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and robotics?
On Wednesday, Cisco announced its plans to take a major step in disrupting the world by launching a new line of networking equipment, the C-Series.
Cisco says the new line is designed for high-performance networking that is compatible with new, high-density networks.
C-Series chipsets will be available starting this fall, with a price tag that will start at $300,000 for the first chip and $2,000,000 each for subsequent chips.
The C-series chip will be able to handle a Gigabit Ethernet connection.
The new line will enable Cisco to leverage its cloud computing expertise and its expertise in machine learning to bring its networking expertise to the masses.
In addition to Cisco, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM and other major technology companies are expected to join the C series family.
The Cisco C- Series chip will allow Cisco to integrate cloud computing services to existing Cisco products.
The new chips will also be available to the public.
“Cisco’s Cloud Computing strategy and its approach to enabling the widest possible deployment of its cloud-scale computing capabilities have been built around providing the most advanced networking technologies in the industry, and the C Series is a prime example of this,” Cisco CTO John Graham said in a statement.
“It is critical to our industry to have the most competitive networking products and to build the most comprehensive portfolio of network products that meet customer needs.”
In an interview with The Hill, Cisco COO John Lee said the company is “excited to offer C Series networking solutions for the next decade.”
He said Cisco’s goal is to provide an integrated, highly scalable networking solution that can be used in any cloud environment, which means Cisco’s networking capabilities are not only suited to the cloud, but also to the existing infrastructure, as well.
In an article published in June, Lee noted that Cisco’s network was being used in a variety of environments, including the Internet of Things, medical imaging, and big data.
He said Cisco is working with other vendors to create cloud-based infrastructure that will allow it to integrate Cisco’s cloud computing capabilities into existing Cisco equipment.
The C Series chips are being designed for both small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Lee said Cisco wants to make the chips “flexible enough to accommodate different network configurations.”
For small-scale enterprises, the new chips offer up to 1 terabit per second of throughput for data transfer and 1 terabyte per second for data storage.
For larger organizations, the chips offer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second.
In addition to its networking capability, the Cisco C Series will also allow Cisco and its partners to connect to cloud services that are not available on the existing Cisco network.
These cloud services include Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com, and AWS.
CiC will continue to provide Cisco with its cloud services for a period of up.
However, Lee said that in the next year, Cisco will “make available cloud computing features to our customers that have been exclusive to Cisco and will enable them to leverage those capabilities for cloud services.”