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Cisco and Intel: Helping Developers Innovate

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                As adoption in technology areas such as Software Defined Networking, Analytics, Cloud, and the Internet of Things continue to move forward, Cisco and Intel have joined together in several related fields to deliver services and solutions that help developers to innovate.  While Cisco and Intel have products and services for many different markets or verticals, massive infrastructure technology areas like the Internet of Things are inherently too large for a single company to address.  Therefore, companies need to work together to tackle the next generation of problems in delivery, security, and scale.  Cisco and Intel are a good example of how companies that have overlap in their respective business areas can work together to give developers next generation products and solutions to both expand their ideas and to make those ideas a reality.

Cisco is committed to innovation[i].  In fact, there is a culture of innovation within Cisco that has spawned to several programs and direct engagements that seek to partner directly with developers around the world.  A first example of this is the Cisco Innovation Centers.   The Cisco Innovation Centers around the world encourage innovators in their region by locally showcasing the latest technologies from Cisco and solution partners.  The Cisco Innovation Centers also support the Innovation Grand Challenge.  In this competition, Cisco invests in startups who want to rapidly prototype, build, and deliver the next digital transformation.  Moreover, Cisco empowers development of innovative ideas through Cisco’s Entrepreneurs in Residence program that fosters relationships between Cisco, startups and customers.  Finally, innovation can come from anywhere.  We in DevNet understand this so we have launched DevNet Creations to highlight the innovative work from within Cisco, our partners, and beyond.


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Beyond Cisco’s contributions to innovation, the joint work between Cisco and Intel plays to the strengths of each company and provides powerful new technologies and opportunities for innovation.  From Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) backend servers using Intel Xeon® processors to Fog-enabled Industrial Routers (IR) using Intel Atom® processors at the network edge, Cisco and Intel have been working together to drive new capabilities across the network.  These areas of cooperation include Networking, Cloud, and the Internet of Things.


Innovative applications across the internet will continue to demand more from networks across the globe.  An example of where Cisco and Intel are partnering to help implement the future of network infrastructure is the next-generation mobile 5G service[ii]. These types of core network improvements are not only important for service providers but for the developers who want to bring pioneering, data-dense, media-rich content to more systems, devices, and people around the world.  Additionally, there is a continuing drive for both companies to build flexibility into the network layer with shared work around improving Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) through commitments to technologies like OpenDaylight[iii].


As a technology stack sitting on top of the network, Cisco and Intel also have a partnership around OpenStack to drive open standards and development around private, hybrid, and public Cloud services.  Cisco is a leading proponent of OpenStack[iv] and sees it as a path for developers of any size to take control of their own Cloud service needs and implementation.  Even within the Cloud, both companies see value in using their strengths to improve technology areas such as distributed data processing.  In a particular example, Apache Hadoop clusters run better with specialized Intel software running on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)[v].  Getting more performance from the hardware to make more out of the data.  Beyond OpenDaylight and OpenStack, both Cisco and Intel are committed to Open Standards and Open Source and sit on several bodies that help to shape the future of computing and networking technology.  Both companies are members of the Internet of Things standards groups the OpenConnectivity Foundation and the Industrial Internet Consortium and play an important role in getting to consensus to allow the Internet of Things ecosystem to flourish.


Data is not only important to the Cloud; it is also important in the Fog.  In the Internet of Things, the ability to distribute the workload of data collection and processing across a network and allow computation closer IoT devices is crucial.  This concept is referred to as Fog computing.  For Cisco, an essential element for leveraging the Fog is provided by Cisco IOx and its ability to run applications within the network infrastructure.  In specific products, such as the CGR1000-series and IR800 series, Cisco IOx permits the capability to not only do secure routing and switching at the edge of the network but run applications as well.  In the Integrated Router IR829, Cisco and Intel have worked together to enable compute at the edge by unlocking both cores of the Atom® dual-core processor to allow for increased functionality of the device and enable application development at the network edge.


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Working together, Cisco and Intel are delivering tools and platforms that developers can use to create disruptive solutions from one end of the network to the other.  To see some of these tools and technologies first hand, please come visit us at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 in San Francisco from August 16th – 18th.  Stop by our booth, say hello, and bring any of your questions about Cisco’s innovative technologies and developer experience.  For more information on Cisco innovation, please consider visiting the innovation blog at http://blogs.cisco.com/innovation.



[i] https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-we-think-about-innovation-at-cisco

[ii] https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1748243

[iii] http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/communications/cisco-nfv-partnership-paper.html

[iv] http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/data-center-virtualization/openstack-at-cisco/index.html

[v] http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en_us/partners/ecosystem/marketplace/documents/intel-hadoop-partner-summary.pdf, http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/big-data/cloudera-intel-cisco-hadoop-benchmark.pdf

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