Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business 2018 in Review

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Anand Oswal wrote a detailed review on the Enterprise Networking Business of Cisco in 2018. (Anand Oswal, Senior Vice President, Engineering
Enterprise Networking Group. Anand leads a global team of engineers that are responsible for building the complete set of platforms and solutions for the Cisco Enterprise Networking portfolio.)

Here you can read the following original article “2018 Enterprise Networking Business: A Dynamic Year in Review” written by Anand Oswal

Thinking about our new corporate theme Bridge to Possible, unveiled at the 2018 Partner Summit, it seems to me that phrase encapsulates what we have been doing for many years in Enterprise Networking. We’ve been building bridges from data center to campus to branch to mobile workforce—with bridges to the Internet of Things driving processing at the cloud edge as the next fast-growing opportunity. Bridges connect. Bridges unite. Bridges enable collaboration. The internet is all about connecting and collaborating.

According to the latest Cisco Complete VNI Forecast, by 2022 the internet will be connecting 28.5 billion devices sending and receiving IP video, streaming movies and games, sensitive business data, and mobile applications, leading to a tripling of global IP traffic. Machine-to-machine IoT connections will grow 2.4 times to 14.6 billion. In fact, more traffic will flow across the internet in 2022 than in all the 32 years since the internet began. That means the internet is going to need bigger, broader bridges to keep up with demand.

Our engineering innovations in 2018 for Intent-Based Networking lay the foundation for building the next generation of IP transport that will automate managing and protecting the multi-domain connectivity demands in 2019 and beyond. Case in point, the VNI Survey predicts that traffic managed by SD-WANs will increase five-fold and account for 29% of WAN traffic by 2022. We re-engineered Cisco’s SD-WAN solution in 2018 to work on millions of Cisco ISRs and added built-in security for protection against malware, the ability to segment traffic by type, and prioritize connections to maximize application experience. Cisco SD-WAN will have an essential role in managing the dramatic increase in WAN traffic in coming years.

The forecast also points out that at the cloud edge—the intersection of cloud, network, and security—more intelligence and capacity will be required to support an increase in edge devices and branch connectivity requirements to create better application and customer experiences. Here again, in 2018 Cisco already supports IoT cloud edge computing with a combination of SD-WAN, ISR 4000 routers, UCS E-Series branch servers, and Aironet intelligent access points.

And speaking of wireless, the survey finds that Wi-Fi speed is to increase dramatically by 2022 or sooner due to the impending bloom of Wi-Fi 6-enabled devices in the next few years. Cisco is, of course, ready to support the faster speeds and higher concentration of devices provided by Wi-Fi 6 with next-generation Catalyst wireless controllers and Aironet access points being developed in 2018.

We unveiled many of this year’s product achievements at major Cisco and analyst events. Kicking off the year was Cisco Barcelona in January where we introduced the ISR 1000 series routers which provide next-generation connectivity, intent-based networking, integrated enterprise-class security, advanced wireless LAN, easy management and deployment through the IOS XE operating system. In June at Cisco Live Orlando we introduced the open, programmable Cisco DNA Center platform and talked 5G/Wi-Fi at the Wireless Global Congress. After presenting at Gartner Symposium and ITxpo analyst event in October, educating attendees on benefits of Intent-based Networking, we revealed both a new security stack for SD-WAN and the brand new Catalyst 9800 (Catalyst 9800-80Catalyst 9800-40) and 9200 wireless controllers at our annual Partner Summit in November.

These are just a few examples of how 2018 has been a year of continuous innovation at Cisco to support the future demands of IP traffic generated by multi-domain cloud applications and IaaS platforms, personal mobile devices, distributed branches, streaming video, and massive IoT deployments.

The 2018 Enterprise Network Engineering infographic details more examples and events. Have a look at this years’ interactive infographic.

Jan ISR 1000 FCS* Cisco Lice! Barcelona
Feb Encrypted Traffic

Analytics Unveiled

Cisco Cloud Services Router

Supports Three Clouds

Mar Launched Cisco vAnalytics Aironet Active Wireless Sensor

Supported in DNA Assurance

Apr Apple Ios Application Prioritization VIS Cisco DNA Center Launched the industry-leading Aironet 4800 AP with Intelligent Capture
May Catalyst 9400XL FCS Over 100 SD-Access deployments reached
Jun Aironet Access Point 4800 FCS

Cisco Live! Orlando

SD-Access 1.2 with Cisco DNA Cneter 1.2 FCS
Jul Viptela SD-WAN Capabilities in IOS-XE on ISR and ASR Platforms Cisco and Google Cloud Collaboration
Aug First ISR shipped with vEdge image CMX 10.5 Cloud Beacon Management
Sep UCS for AI and Machine Learning Unveiled Catalyst 9400 FCS
Oct DUO “Zero-Trust” Security Now Part of Cisco Security Enterprise Networking Earns Three Pioneer Awards
Nov Announce SD-WAN Security Stack @ Partner Summit Catalyst 9200 and 9800 Wireless Controller FCS
Dec Catalyst 9000 and Cisco SD-WAN win CRN Products of the Year 2018 Giving Back @Cisco

*FCS=First Customer Shipment

A Year of Innovative Accomplishments

The Enterprise Networking Teams have good reason to be proud of these 2018 accomplishments. In addition to shipping products on time, with quality, the Enterprise Networking Teams won three Cisco Pioneer Awards for:

  • 1. Reinventing enterprise access and core switching in the Catalyst 9000 family of next-generation switches;
  • 2. Developing IOS-XE, a full-stack Enterprise Network Operating System for routing, switching, wireless, and IoT;
  • 3. Adding Software-Defined Access for LAN, WAN, and Wireless.

By building innovations like these along with quality, security, and reliability into every product, Cisco Engineers strive to achieve simplicity without compromise. I’m looking forward to great new products and services in 2019 and beyond as we build more Bridges to Possible.

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