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Cisco CEO Robbins On The Channel's Place In An Open, Developer-Oriented Cisco, And Advancing 'Something Hugely Different Than Anything We've Ever Done Before'

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins speaks with CRN at Cisco Live and discusses how partners can use the DNA Center Platform to develop applications for customers and why the Catalyst 9000 switch is the fastest-ramping product in Cisco's history.

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Good Intentions

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.

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