Cisco's Role In SDN
Rob Lloyd, president of Development and Sales at Cisco, used his time on stage to discuss the burgeoning software-defined networking (SDN) trend, and the opportunities presented to Cisco partners and through their increased network programmability. But Lloyd also stressed to partners that while SDN is real and the opportunities are potentially huge, it won't threaten the relevance of traditional networking gear as much as some industry players say it will.
"I now have 28,000 engineers that I listen to every day," Lloyd said. "And they are telling me that when you hear the conversations about SDN commoditizing networking and that it's going to kneecap Cisco and everything we stand for -- it's just not true."