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Cisco Earnings Preview: 5 Key Areas Partners Need To Watch

Here are the five most interesting areas to watch for during Cisco's fiscal third-quarter earnings call this week.

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Project Lindt

The networking industry was abuzz when reports came out in March that Cisco was developing a standalone networking OS, Lindt, that would allow customers to run its most sophisticated networking features on older and lower-cost Cisco routers and switches. Many partners believe Cisco was taking a step in the direction of becoming a more open networking company by creating a common software for its hardware.

However, in an interview with CRN regarding Lindt, Cisco channel chief Wendy Bahr said, "Our strategy is the tight integration of world-class software with world-class hardware, providing the best value for our customers and the best monetization opportunity for our partners."

With CEO Chuck Robbins running the earnings call, partners should listen for any information about Lindt and the impact it would have on the channel.

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