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Partner Summit Awaits: 10 Big Questions For Cisco

Following a lengthy restructuring, the Cisco of 2012 is a little different. With the networking giant's Partner Summit kicking off next week in San Diego, here are 10 questions that should be top of mind for at least a few partners and Cisco observers.

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Is Anyone Buying Cius?

One by one, challengers to Apple's mighty iPad have been released and, almost just as quickly, they've been crushed, especially as the iPad enters its third version and continues to make inroads with enterprise customers. While Cisco's Cius, the Android-based tablet that finally hit general availability for Cisco partners last July, hasn't met the same fate as, say, HP's crashed-and-burned TouchPad, there's little indication among partners that it's caught on with business users. Is Cisco worried?

"We don't think everyone's going to buy a Cius tomorrow," said Richard McLeod, senior director, collaboration sales in Cisco's WWPO, in a December interview with CRN. "But if we get 10 percent of what's projected for growth in the Android tablet devices, that's easily a million devices for us here in a couple of years."

It remains to be seen whether Cisco keeps plowing resources into Cius or focuses on optimizing Cisco UC and other networking applications for the iPad, as so many of its competitors have done.

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