Today’s network was devised decades ago. Over the years, it has been stretched to meet the ever-growing needs of enterprises – tinkered, tweaked and extended. It is time for a major reset. To take on this major shift in networking, we at Cisco introduced the Network Intuitive earlier this year. This was a culmination of a series of innovations that the enterprise networking engineering team has had in the works for a while. We brought together the level of vision and execution necessary to empower a network to automatically configure, understand and maintain itself based on the desired needs of business. This launch concludes the first leg of a phenomenal engineering journey, paving the way for our next set of networking innovations.
You may think revolutionizing the industry would be enough, but besides our big announcement around actualizing intent-based networking built on the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), the year was chockfull of other highlights. When I look back at the year, I feel like I just got off one of those action-packed, 3D rides at an amusement park. The year was a non-stop engineering extravaganza, one where Cisco showed that we are unafraid to disrupt ourselves. Here are my top seven for 2017.
The New Generation of Catalyst Switches
The Catalyst switch family has had an illustrious past. It continues to provide a trusted foundation for many organizations’ campus networks. So, this year, when we introduced the next generation Catalyst 9000 family of switches in June, we knew it had big boots to fill. And, what a punch it delivers– secure, completely programmable, cloud-ready, and tailored for the mobile, IoT-scaled world. We’re so excited about the rave reviews its already receiving. Accelerating SD-WAN Solutions
In August, we were thrilled to welcome Viptela into the Cisco family, to provide a compelling software-defined