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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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How big a role do you see Cisco partners playing in the edge and 5G markets?

I think internationally, particularly, the partners play a huge role. And by the way, the service providers are our partners as well. But for the traditional partner, if you look at what’s going to happen in the enterprise, we talk about things like creating an abstraction layer that allows modern developers to actually program and make underlying infrastructure decisions within the application, looking at application security and how it integrates into the architecture, helping customers really take advantage of the insights that you can gain from cloud-native AppDynamics combined with ThousandEyes, and then, helping customers understand how to use that information to optimize applications. I mean, there are tremendous opportunities, particularly bringing the edge in when applications are written that are running microservices or micro elements of the application at the edge. So I think it’s just a continued evolution of what capabilities the partners are going to develop to actually bring value.

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