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CRN Exclusive: Cisco Channel Leader Outlines New Apple And AWS Opportunities For Partners, Touts Cisco's Intuitive Network As A 'Market Disruptor'

Cisco channel chief Wendy Bahr sat down with CRN to discuss new partner opportunities with Apple, Amazon Web Services and Cisco's Intuitive Network architecture.

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Channel Chief Bahr On Major Partner Opportunities With Cisco

"We are at a crossroads of being able to take what we built over the last 20 years together and take it to the next level," said Cisco Channel Chief Wendy Bahr, in an interview with CRN. "With our new Catalyst 9000 -- we haven't done something like this in a long time."

Cisco Live 2017 in Las Vegas was centered around the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant's new Intuitive Network architecture, which Bahr says offers a plethora of new opportunities for the channel. The event also saw Apple CEO Tim Cook make a surprise appearance on stage alongside Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.

Bahr talks to CRN about the new partner opportunities with Apple, Amazon Web Services, and its new networking system as well as how Cisco views its market share declines.

"It's a world of many clouds, and AWS is a key player in that market -- as is Azure, as is Google, as are many others. We have an opportunity with our partners to connect Cisco technology to public clouds," said Bahr.

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