In an interview with CRN Wednesday, Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's CTO, also confirmed details of Insiemi and said the company has been targeting a particular disruption Cisco has been seeing in the networking space.
"If there's any company that's going to reinvent networking, it will be Cisco," Warrior said. "We have the talent and the breadth and the depth to do that. It goes beyond just SDN to certain elements of network visibility, such as analytics and big data. But, we want our partners to understand that Cisco is working on enabling all the capabilities needed for the network of the future."
"We have a strong legacy and understand how it needs to be done," Warrior said. "The approach we're taking with partners is that it's not one size fits all. Solutions should be based on the use case a customer has, and we are working on use-cased based solutions."
Warrior said Cisco is working on other SDN products and also confirmed its commitment to Insiemi, which she said is working on how to enable programmability and visibility into physical and virtual network resources.
"It is part of our build-by-partner strategy. If you look at emerging opportunities, especially those that don't really have any revenue today, we are striving to drive innovation, to drive opportunity for partners," she said. "There are some emerging disruptions we feel we need to watch out for and Insiemi falls into that category."
Cisco is also telling its employees about the project in more detail. In Cisco's internal memo posted to the Bits blog of The New York Times Thursday, it says that Insiemi's "product development efforts are complementary to that of Cisco's current and planned internal investments. Insiemi and other internal programs will be components of Cisco's broader programmability framework."
"The types of investments have strongly benefited Cisco in the past," the memo continues, "and we will continue to look for similar ways to complement our internal development capabilities."
Jennifer Follett contributed reporting.