Cisco Changes? Upping its game in SDN, IoT and Wi-Fi
As the world’s largest maker of switches and routers, Cisco is upping its game in three of the hottest areas in wireless: SDN, “Internet of Things” and Wi-Fi now.
Cisco has already staked its claim with carriers that are working to virtualize network functionality. Verizon Wireless and AT&T have both named Cisco as a partner in their respective SDN/NFV initiatives.
Also at Cisco Live2015, the company unveiled new cloud software and partnerships with 35 independent software vendors to help customers leverage the Internet of Things. The company says its intercloud fabric has already won more than 100 customers and 65 partners worldwide.
Wi-Fi was also in the spotlight at Cisco Live. Cisco is the world’s leading vendor of Wi-Fi access points.
Cisco said it is seeing broad enterprise adoption of 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which is deployed in the 5 GHz spectrum band. The company said that education has been the lead vertical, but that all enterprise sectors are seeing the need for robust and seamless connectivity solutions. Cisco said its new Wave 2 solutions are designed to help enterprise handle the demands of multiple devices at once.
MU-MIMO is a key feature of Cisco’s new access points. The company also has added two new service controllers (Cisco 8540 & 5520 Services Controller) and two new switches (Catalyst 6840-X and Catalyst 3850 10G Series Switch), one of which includes a programmable data plane, enabling the deployment of software-defined networking services.
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