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Departing CEO John Chambers challenged IT to
be ready for change in his final Cisco Live keynote.

John Chambers recently stepped down as Cisco's CEO and chairman after 20 years with the company. Credit: Stephen Lawson/IDG News Service

This week Cisco is holding its annual user conference, Cisco Live, in San Diego. The 2015 edition of Live is unlike any other, as this will be the last time John Chambers will deliver the keynote as CEO of the company. In a little over a month, Chambers will transition to an advisory role as Executive Chairman of the board. So while customers, partners, and others involved in Cisco’s ecosystem will likely continue to interact with him, the transition to Chuck Robbins is well underway and will be complete come the end of July.

Before Cisco Live 2015 even kicked off, startup
Avi Networks announced integration with Cisco ACI.

Next week Cisco holds its annual user conference, Cisco Live, in San Diego. Cisco Live is a great show for customers to get educated on the latest and greatest Cisco technology available to them and how it can fit into their environment. Another benefit of Cisco Live is that customers can find technology partners that have developed solutions that work in conjunction with Cisco solutions.

One vendor that jumped the gun and announced a solution early is the application delivery controller start up Avi Networks. I actually wrote about Avi earlier this year in this blog. I’m guessing that Avi Networks wanted to get ahead of the flurry of press releases that I’m expecting next week, and I’m glad they did as this seems like a compelling solution.

One of the hottest topics at the 2015 edition of Live will be Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and APIC controller. Based on customer conversations, there’s a tremendous amount of interest in ACI, and I’m expecting to see Cisco have dominant share in this market.

The Piston Cloud Computing acquisition will
help Cisco execute its Intercloud strategy.

Digital transformation has become a hot topic with business and IT leaders. Unleashing the power of a digital business requires IT to think and operate differently, which is why so many organizations have turned to the cloud. The cloud has fundamentally changed technology by making IT more agile at a much lower cost.

When it comes to the cloud, though, few organizations are going to be “all in” with either public or private cloud. In fact, the 2015 ZK Research Infrastructure Spending Survey revealed that about 80% of organizations will shift to a hybrid cloud model where private and public clouds will be integrated together and co-exist (disclosure: I am an employee of ZK Research).

The evolution of the cloud from being a set of discrete cloud islands to a world of interconnected cloud is the model that is driving Cisco’s Intercloud vision. Think of Intercloud as being a set of globally interconnected clouds where information, applications, and other data are free to move back and forth between the various clouds.

Cisco Spark and other tools of its class provide maximum value for
small, agile teams working on fast projects or toward quick decisions.

Over the past couple of years, as I’ve noted previously here on No Jitter, we’ve seen the emergence of a new type of UC tool that is about what some industry watchers call “mobile, social collaboration” and others think of as “any-time communications.” Acano coSpaces, Cisco Spark, and Unify Circuit are specific examples, and you can find others from companies like Biba, Interactive Intelligence, and Slack. The concept behind these tools is easy enough to grasp, but really understanding what makes them different is difficult unless you’ve actually used them as intended.

My first two experiences with this class of tool didn’t exactly sell me on its value.

Cybersecurity just hasn’t kept up with the evolution of IT.

computer security stock image

Securing the enterprise is getting harder and harder. Infrastructure is rapidly becoming virtual, applications and workloads are moving to the cloud, endpoints are largely the property of the worker, and mobility has now become the norm. Add in the fact that businesses are rapidly becoming digital organizations where the reliance of IT is at an all-time high, and it’s easy to see why a security breach today is exponentially more damaging than just a few years ago.

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