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What’s hot at Cisco Live!

Michael Cooney | July 15, 2016
Security seemed to be the hottest topic during the conclave

“Cisco’s security strategy is based on the concepts of simplification and automation to find more threats and then shorten the time to detection and remediation. The company’s “network as a sensor/enforcer” strategy is based on using the network to look for anomalies that would then trigger an action. For example, if a user’s computer accessed the same applications every day and then all of a sudden was trying to connect with an accounting server, that might indicate a threat. At that moment, the machine should be quarantined for further investigation,” wrote Zeus Kerravala, Network World columnist and founder and principal analyst with ZK Research of the Cisco security announcements.

Bots anyone?

Cisco continues to massage key new capabilities into its Shark collaborative messaging package. At Live!, the company said it was working with the messaging company Gupshup and API.AI so more developers can bring their bots into Spark.

The IDG News Service wrote of the announcement: “ Gupshup prides itself on its chat-bot development platform, which is designed to make it easy to build bots and make them available through popular communications channels. The list already includes Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Slack. Bots are hot right now among tech giants and startups alike that are looking for the next big user interface. The goal is to provide a more natural way for consumers or employees to interact with an automated service. Slack, Microsoft Skype, Facebook Messenger and other chat platforms are starting to incorporate this way of communicating, and Cisco doesn’t want to fall behind.”

The Cisco-VMware thaw continues

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Zorawar Biri Singh

Once the notion that super competitors Cisco and VMware might work together was laughable, but not so any more it seems. There does seem to be some customer pressure for the two to work together and comments from Cisco execs in the past few months has only fueled such speculation. At Cisco Live! Zorawar Biri Singh, CTO and senior vice president for Cisco's Cloud Services and Platforms, said the company has a roadmap that could includes convergence between Cisco's ACI and VMware's NSX platforms.

 "There's a set of feature requests that our customers are asking for and the common theme has been. We want to see VMware and Cisco work together closely…I feel very optimistic that we have a pretty good roadmap with our friends at VMware," Singh said.

IBM’s Nicole bot chats with CEO Robbins

IBM blogged that the star if its Cisco Live! booth was its own Nicole the Cognitive Robot. “Showcasing Watson’s ability to understand and engage in natural-language conversations, Nicole charmed visitors including Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, who laughed heartily at Nicole’s humor,” IBM said.


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