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Top 5 takeaways from Cisco Live 2018

by Stephanie Chan

Top 5 takeaways from Cisco Live 2018

The five biggest topics that dominated the conference covered everything from networking to artificial intelligence.

Cisco Live 2018 brought customers, partners, employees, and Cisco's leaders together in Orlando, Florida to discuss the future of technology. Throughout the event, five main ideas surfaced in powerful messages from speakers and keynotes. With the theme of the year being "Imagine Intuitive," it's easy to see why these topics are all about imagining and reshaping the future.

Google Cloud partnership

Cisco Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins hit the keynote stage on Day 1 with Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene to talk about their cloud partnership. Robbins and Greene elaborated on the two companies' partnership announced at the end of last year, saying together they would build hybrid-cloud environments. These environments would be enabled by Kubernetes, a Google-created container platform and allow customers to develop and deploy applications across cloud and on premises data centers.

Networking more important than ever

On Day 2, Cisco Executive VP and GM of Networking and Security Business David Goeckeler put the spotlight on DNA Center, the open platform for Cisco's intent-based network. Goeckeler said that customers and partners are using the company's new network to create value they didn't think was possible. Now, developer tools and network-wide APIs are available to developers to advance network intelligence and to simplify processes—giving the ability to program the network as one single system.

Cybersecurity is foundational

Cisco's threat intelligence and research team TALOS held their Threat Research Summit one day before Cisco Live officially kicked off. The summit hosted some of the top researchers to talk about the biggest threats facing the industry today, prompting attendees to fix their security vulnerabilities. Additionally, Robbins addressed datacenter security during his keynote, stating that security in the network is "incredibly foundational" for enterprises to get the most out of their data.

DevNet reaches more than 500,000 members

DevNet co-founder, VP, and CTO Susie Wee was a mainstay during this year's Cisco Live. Wee spoke to audiences with key phrases like "You are a developer!"showing listeners that becoming a developer is possible with DevNet. She also celebrated a huge milestone, with the Cisco developer community now reaching more than 500,000 members, a feat accomplished by what she calls the DevNet Effect. For those interested in learning how to develop for the new network, there is now the DevNet DNA Developer Center, where everyone from architects to business professionals can learn to use Cisco DNA Center.

Futurists look to AI

Futurists Amy Webb and Dr. Michio Kaku closed out Cisco Live with an enrapturing keynote. Both Webb and Kaku agreed that much of the future will be digitized and based in artificial intelligence. While some future jobs may be automated, Kaku also says that the occupations of the future will still need traits that only humans have—experience, savvy, intuition, creativity, and more.

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