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Cisco Accelerates Local Innovation to Enable Digital Transformation


Digital disruption is a reality today and is transforming every industry, from healthcare to education, banking and financial institutions and more. According to Digital Vortex: How Digital Disruption is Redefining Industries, a report by Cisco and the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, forty percent of market leaders globally will be displaced or eliminated by digital disruptors in the next 5 years. To enable the success of companies in their digital transformation, Cisco today unveiled three products to celebrate its 20th anniversary in India at iExpo 2015. These products have been conceptualized, designed and developed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading web companies based on their operational best practices. These new products will enable service providers and large web companies to reinvent the way in which services are built and delivered.

With a rapidly increasing number of people, devices, machines and sensors coming online,companies require new capabilities to succeed. As data traffic increases, connectivity within the data center and between data centers needs greater capacity to meet ever-increasing bandwidth demands. The NCS 1000 Series delivers fully programmable, high-bandwidth capacity between data centers which improves business agility and simplifies operations to deliver high-bandwidth mobile, video, and cloud services.

According to Cisco Global Cloud Index, network traffic between and from data centers is expected to increase threefold by 2019. To meet this exponential growth in traffic, networks need software and hardware solutions that are optimized for scale to deliver cloud applications with greater agility, automation and simplicity. The NCS 5000 Series is designed to economically scale large enterprise and provide over-the-top (OTT) services. With the NCS 5000, Cisco is leading the industry toward cloud-scale networking, converging the data center and WAN and delivering new levels of speed,automation and simplicity.

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index forecast, Wi-Fi traffic will exceed wired traffic by 21 percent in 2019. Driven by the explosive growth of the Internet of Everything (IoE), the share of smart devices and connections as a percentage of the total will double to 54 percent by 2019.The 5520/8540 Series Wireless LAN controllers are designed to handle the large number of devices and increased traffic seamlessly. They are designed with cutting edge technology devices and provide head room for business for future growth.

Innovation is a core part of the Cisco culture and the company’s FY15 total R&D spend was approximately $6.3 billion. During its 20 years in the country, Cisco India has contributed to filing 1000 global patents and 600 such patents have been issued for innovations across all major technologies.The three products, showcased today, continue Cisco’s tradition of ‘reverse innovation’ where engineers in India contribute to developing products, to address requirements of emerging countries like India, which in many cases turn out to be globally attractive and competitive. Such efforts are tightly aligned with Cisco’s global strategy, research and development.

Spanning the areas of mobility, cloud and computing technologies, the networking products have been designed to enable the digital transformation of enterprises that rely on technology-enabled networks to exchange digital value, including data and transactions. The three products strongly demonstrate Cisco’s ability to create products and solutions for large web companies and the next generation of communications technologies. The products also show how Cisco India’s innovation engine can help Cisco enable the digitization of companies, to be more innovative, agile and efficient. As more devices capture more data, interact with more people and change the processes by which we live, learn, work and play, digitization will have a profound impact on India.

Amit Phadnis, President, Engineering and India Site Leader said, “Every country, city and business is becoming digital and innovation will be key to capturing the opportunity. Over the last 20 years, our local investments, global expertise, world-class innovation and deep partnerships have placed Cisco India at the heart of the innovation ecosystem. We are thrilled that the three products we announced today are made for India and the rest of the world; will help our customers lead in the digital era. We are committed to working with start-ups, accelerators, developers,researchers, ecosystem partners and the venture community to accelerate India’s digital transformation.”

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