Chuck Robbins' drive to develop the company's intent-based networking strategy is breaking opportunities for partners wide open, the Cisco Systems chairman and CEO said.
The San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant, which has dominated the hardware routing and switching market for decades, is this week emphasizing network programmability, application development, DevOps and open APIs as it aims to position itself as the industry's pre-eminent open networking platform vendor.
Partners of the new Cisco have the opportunity to use the new, open DNA Center Platform to develop applications for customers, Robbins told CRN in an interview at the Cisco Live conference in Orlando, Fla.
Cisco introduced its intent-based networking strategy about a year ago, and since then the subscription-based Catalyst 9000 switch, which is the foundation of the strategy, has been sold to 5,800 customers, Robbins said, making it the fastest-ramping product in Cisco's history.
What follows is an edited excerpt of Robbins' conversation with CRN.