Cisco Partner Summit: Chambers Gets Candid On 5 Pressing Industry Questions

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How Is Cisco Aligned With The Networking World's Growing Emphasis On Software?

First, we will frame [software-defined networking] in terms of how it will be software plus silicon plus hardware plus services, and it's about programmability throughout the network across a $180 billion install base.

Secondly, we are going to set very specific goals, which forces us to think outside of the box in terms of how are you going to get from $6 billion in software revenue today to $12 billion? It will be part of our strategy. And, remember, $12 billion is the third or fourth biggest software company in the world, so we clearly are setting aggressive goals on this. And it means we are going to have to both recruit and develop, both through acquisitions and individual recruits, more software expertise.


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