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Exclusive Interview: Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins On The Dell-EMC Fallout, Avoiding A VCE Bloodbath And The Need For Apple To Embrace Partners

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins took center stage at the Best of Breed conference to discuss the Dell-EMC deal, the impact on Cisco's relationship with the VCE alliance, and his company's new Apple partnership.

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Will you still be working together with EMC? What does the deal mean for the competitive landscape?

Oh yeah. I think that, first, when you step back, the deal that went down was not a surprise. We've been expecting it. We've been talking about consolidating and we think that it will continue. I believe this will even accelerate it. It's a big deal. They're hard. We have a lot of historical examples to look at where we can see the challenges with big companies coming together in this space. It's not without its challenges. ... When we look at what we need to be doing around next-generation security, the introduction of predictive analytics capabilities, machine learning, hybrid cloud, all of the things that we're focused on, there's a lot of opportunities for us. But, if you look at the partnership itself, I've talked to a lot of EMC execs over the past few days and I expect that when Michael [Dell] and I chat that we will talk about the need to continue our partnership.

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