This year, with the launch of its redefined “new network” by network leaders headquartered in California State San Jose, Robbin’s vision of the pace of innovation to high speed has led to a billions of-dollar takeover and significantly increased its different revenues, thus becoming a service-centric company. Chuck Robbins says the network giant needs “faster, faster, faster, faster”. However, due to the continued decline in its network market share, Cisco encountered some serious roadblocks in 2017, the failure of the clock components in the popular products to the channel partners in the uproar, former CEO John Chambers officially gave up his 26-year time to build. CRN broke the top ten most important Cisco news stories of the 2017.
Cisco says it has created a “new network” that will launch the receptacle intuitive platform over the next 30 years to redefine the online world. The platform introduced an Catalyst network into mainstream users in 2017, including a series of new Cisco 9000 switches, enhanced iOS software, and security and analysis products. Chuck Robbins, chief executive, Robbins that the platform incorporates Cisco’s deferred software revenue and subscription strategy into its core network portfolio. Receptacle intuitive can anticipate actions, deter security threats, and continuously develop and learn. Cisco’s subscription-based Catalyst 9000 series has been adopted by more than 1100 customers since its launch in June. “Our sales team, partners and customers are all very excited about this architecture,” Cisco said in its recent earnings reports in November. “It’s only one-fourth now, but as more customers have the opportunity to test, we want the platform to continue to accelerate.”
As technology begins to enter the mainstream market, this year is a groundbreaking year for software-defined WANs. Cisco is already selling several Sd-wan products, including the Smart Wide Area network (IWAN) and Meraki, but the product doubled in May when it bought Sd-wan superstar Viptela with $610 million trillion. Viptela is one of the leading Sd-wan start-ups, providing technology to many of the Fortune 500 companies and operators of Verizon and deploying in more than 16,000 branches. Cisco will be the leader in the Sd-wan market in the next few years with Viptela’s cloud-first management, choreography and overlay technology combined with the ISR and ASR routers and Cisco DNA centers.
- Network market share drops
Cisco’s global network market share dominance continued to slide in 2017, swapping and routers. The network leader also saw losses this year in the global Wireless LAN market. While Cisco remains the world’s biggest provider of revenue, rivals such as Huawei, Arista NX and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have grabbed some of the network’s shares this year. Cisco understands that the market is turning to expensive network infrastructure, instead of software-defined cloud computing, sometimes even white-box hardware, which has set an interesting 2018 years for long-term network leaders.
- Problematic components hit Cisco hardest
At the beginning of 2017, Cisco revealed that several product lines, including its popular Nexus switches, ASA Firewall and Meraki Cloud Management switch, contained a faulty clock signal component that degraded the system over time and failed after 18 months or longer of production. The internal failure component was later identified as the Intel C2000 Atom processor. As Cisco refuses to cover onsite service costs, the internet giants are causing a stir in the channel for the active exchange of partners for the affected Cisco devices. Cisco also said that if the customer’s solution is outside the warranty, or not within the scope of any valid Cisco service contract, Cisco will not provide product replacement. Partners are those who bear the cost of large-scale product replacement work, and may lose millions of of the channel. Other vendors, such as Juniper Networks (Juniper NX) and Hewlett-Packard (HPE), have also encountered problematic component problems, but are hardly as affected as Cisco.
- API Channel cost $37B appdynamics buy
Cisco’s most expensive acquisition was at the beginning of 2017, when it bought appdynamics at a high price of $3.7 billion. When Cisco bought it, cloud computing application performance and management experts were on the verge of an IPO, planning to build the next software franchise from AppDynamics. The acquisition was part of the company’s massive API offensive in 2017, as partners began to make better use of Cisco APIs to develop as next-generation solution providers. In August, AppDynamics launched a new independent Titan Partner Program designed to improve the application skills of Cisco’s Channel communities.
John Chambers, chairman and former chief executive of Cisco, announced last September that he would not be re-elected as a chambers, meaning he would no longer be part of the company. Chambers has been CEO of Cisco from January 1995 to July 26, 2015. “I can’t be proud of the ego I’ve built, from culture, customer trust, national digitalization, product leadership, I can go on, but now it’s for me and for the company,” Chambers said in an e-mail to Cisco’s board. When Chambers’s December 11 term expires, the board appoints Robbins as chairman. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as sales director and has been a board member since 1993 As Chie
- AI, machine learning Frontiers and centers
In 2017, the network leader launched Perspica and AI collaboration expert Mindmeld by acquiring machine-learning data to buy a big bet on artificial intelligence and machine learning in 125 million dollars. For this channel, Cisco has launched new machine learning and artificial intelligence power services, such as Spark assistant and other products, and with McAfee to develop an AI based network security solutions. The partners cheered Cisco’s investment, saying the strategy would improve its product mix, accelerate innovation and help the company become a leader in the ever-growing internet of things.
Cisco’s 2017-year most important cloud news comes from a blockbuster partnership with Google, designed to provide Cisco with a bridge between next-generation public cloud technologies such as kubernetes. The partnership provides customers with “the best cloud services-cloud speed and scale, plus enterprise-level security and support,” CEO Robbins said. The hybrid cloud product in Cisco and Google Cloud, which will be available in the second half of 2018, enables developers to create new Google Cloud services with Cisco’s in-house deployment network, a combination of hyper-fusion and security products. Google Cloud leader Diane Greene the stage with Robbins at the Cisco Partners Summit in 2017, saying to partners last November that the search giant will rely on Cisco Channel partners to launch a new joint solution in 2018.
By streamlining its partner program, Cisco accelerated its 2017-year pace by providing partners with a range of new certifications and new continuing education programs, reducing the need to continue to take certification exams. Cisco strives to improve its partner skills around application development and network programmability, while providing new training and specialization platforms around Cisco’s bullish Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and network visualization. For the first time in years, Cisco has added a new certification level to its Partner program, Cisco Global Gold, to better support global customers. Cisco has been constantly developing channel planning, training and certification as the network giant is committed to being a software and service-centric provider.
- Spark Innovation Engine Roar
Spark’s leader Cisco networking and Collaboration Technology Group senior Vice president and general manager Rowan Trollope in 2017 around spark the emergence of innovative engine, with the previous artificial intelligence, new services and hardware injection platform and greatly expand the spark use cases. Recently, Cisco has launched an enterprise-Class voice helper solution designed to introduce popular consumer products such as Amazon Echo into the business world, but with “more powerful features.” Cisco Spark has come a long way, as a cloud-based application, creating virtual rooms for people.
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