Separately, Swift downplayed the potentially disruptive shift for Cisco of software-defined networks (SDNs) using the OpenFlow open-source protocol. He said networks are moving past SDNs to “application-centric intelligent networks.”
“SDN means different things to different people at different places in the net,” Swift said.
Cisco wants to bring greater programmability to the network above the level of ASICs and operating systems. “We believe the higher up you go the better,” he said.
Separately, he said the industry faces power consumption problems from the ASIC to the data center that will take multiple companies to solve. Even though individual components may be more than 90 per cent power efficient, at the data center “you still lose 25 percent of you power and you haven’t done anything yet--and that’s the state of the art data center,” Swift said.
“I’d love to say we have a great solution, but we are fortunate to have partners to help us with this,” he said to a packed lunch audience of engineers at the first day of DesignCon.
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