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Chuck Robbins: 9 Biggest Remarks On 5G, Edge Computing, Webex And COVID-19 Consequences

From 5G and edge computing opportunities, to the impact of COVID-19, the power of Webex, and what Cisco’s cost reduction plans mean for partners, here’s what Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told CRN at this year’s Partner Summit.

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Robbins On The Record

The COVID-19 pandemic may have upended markets and business plans around the globe—not to mention IT spending—but a few areas it hasn’t negatively impacted include edge computing and 5G, according to Cisco Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins. In fact, the opportunity around 5G may have been fast-tracked as a result of the pandemic, he said.

At the Cisco Partner Summit 2020 Digital Event, Robbins shared his goals for the company and for its robust partner organization. Among those is the creation of an integrated 5G software stack that Cisco and its partners will be able to deliver as a service to customers around the world. Robbins also said that Cisco would be heads-down-focused on delivering edge capabilities—whether that means the carrier, cloud or enterprise edge—to allow the app developers of the future to run distributed applications and access data securely at the point where it has the most value.

Robbins carved out some time to talk to CRN at Partner Summit about emerging opportunities around 5G and edge computing. He also shared his thoughts on COVID-19’s impact on work routines and how Cisco Webex, a videoconferencing platform that’s emerged as a leader during the pandemic, stands out from the pack and what new features are coming down the pike.

Here’s what Robbins had to say about what partners can expect, and check out what Robbins told CRN about the Everything-as-a-Service opportunity for the channel.

 
 
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