Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers recently sat down with ChannelWeb for a wide-ranging discussion that touched on everything from the future of networking to the economy to the presidential election. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation.
Cisco has been moving well beyond just selling routers and switches. Is it still appropriate to call Cisco a networking company?
Chambers: Well I think the network will become the enabler of all forms of IT and communications. So our core competency is the network capability. But the network's moving from being dumb plumbing, if you will, to enabling business solutions which change not only the way we work, but the way we live, play and learn. And so the relevance of the network is evolving and with that Cisco and our partners will have to evolve as well. The nice thing is that this is an issue that means a large amount of growth and profit opportunities for us all.