Networking silicon luminaries just announced a breakthrough five years in the making — a new networking ASIC designed to power the Internet’s digital innovation for the next decade

The Internet has an unquenchable appetite for bandwidth. As the world navigates the emergence of several new and developing technologies like 5G, AI, quantum computing, IoT and others, the physical and economic limitations of the current infrastructure powering the Internet are becoming more apparent.

The traditional methods of squeezing more performance out of silicon chips will soon become prohibitively expensive and complex. Eventually, as The Economist puts it, microprocessor components will reach a “fundamental limit of smallness.” …


Cisco researchers working on bringing post-quantum cryptography to the entire Internet

A common saying about quantum computers is they have been 10 years away since the late ‘80s.

But the delivery predictions are starting to feel closer to reality today and many believe it’s actually now more like 2024. That belief is rooted in recent news of both landmark technological innovations, and the massive investments from governments, corporations, universities, research firms, and even startups. The ability to create a viable, general-use quantum computer now seems less eventual and more inevitable.

The potential in quantum computers is hard to even measure at this point. We know they will be good at polynomial…


How Cisco engineers apply machine learning expertise to anticipate outages, troubleshoot issues autonomously, and track down root causes.

Enterprise WiFi is undergoing a large disruption thanks to AI and machine learning. While it is a huge productivity and even a morale booster for employees, and holds promising opportunities for deeper and more targeted customer interactions, WiFi remains one of the most challenging and even frustrating domains of an IT operation — thanks mostly to complexity.

Many of these frustrations stem from the challenges in managing a highly dynamic environment, providing a good experience for customers and employees, and chasing down…


Cisco is designing the future network based on empathy and simplicity. It’s a departure from old ways, and that’s a good thing.

Design has taken a new position in the business world. In 2015, designer Jon Kolko published an article in the Harvard Business Review proclaiming that “Design Thinking” had come of age. The same year, Dr. Gjoko Muratovski of Tongji University in China, published an academic paper on the “new role of design in business and society,” writing:

“Design has never been more valued as an economic force, nor has it been as culturally influential as it is now. …


Susie Wee, Cisco’s VP and CTO of DevNet, has a clear message for network engineers: ‘You are a developer.’

Software is changing everything, even the networking world. Network engineers are reaching an inflection point. It’s clear now that software programming and DevOps will play a large role in an engineer’s work, and some have questions about how to get started.

Those unfamiliar with programming and software development are not alone, but the need for these skills is already at the top of the requirements list for hiring managers. Still, it’s not like a network engineer could slip on a Go T-shirt and call herself a developer.

So where does a network expert go to learn about coding in Python…


With Assurance, Cisco Takes Aim at Two of the Most Common Networking Issues: Troubleshooting and Human Error

In 2013, Tom Edsall, the CTO of Cisco’s Insieme engineering team, gave a talk titled “The Changing Data Center.” During this discussion, Edsall gave his perspective on the ongoing evolution within data centers toward becoming more software managed and application-centric.

While by then the topic was already considered one of the year’s most discussed and debated tech trends, Edsall also shared an industry insider’s point of view that troubleshooting a network was still a frustratingly manual and archaic process, using tools that were…


The frenzy around cryptocurrencies in 2017 pushed Bitcoin to atmospheric heights, and online criminals pounced.

Humble Yet Ambitious Beginnings

The year 2017 witnessed the largest cryptocurrency surge since Bitcoin’s humble yet ambitious beginnings in 2009. If you’ve missed the arrival of cryptocurrency, it’s likely because you might have blinked.

The promise of cryptocurrencies was to bring what some have described as a monetary revolution to the doorstep of big banks. So far they have brought a swift wealth of questionable value, speculators looking to make dividends from easy investments, and criminals looking to capitalize on the novelty of the market and the gullibility of its investors.

Impossible to ignore, however, is the pure hunger people feel for the freedom…


Microsensors are becoming cheaper to create and easier to obtain, which is great news for just about every industry: manufacturing, oil and gas, biopharmaceuticals, and even environmental science. We’re nearing a future 3where every object, even those not wired, will have something to tell us.

Microsensors are usually mere millimeters in size and can sense a huge array of different mechanical or physical signals like temperature, pressure, chemical changes, magnetic fields, radiation and others. Interestingly, despite their tiny size, microsensors can also often outperform their full-sized counterparts.

Some industries, like biotech for instance, have long shown a strong interest and…


Right now, the Internet connects some 8.4 billion things. In three years, this number will grow to an astounding number, with an estimated 1 million devices and “things” connecting to the Internet every hour. Every hour.

And the expansion of IoT is just one trend expected to push the limits of IT infrastructure and the networking professionals responsible for it. The adoption of multi-cloud computing models and a security landscape riddled with evolving threats will also challenge networks like never before.

This emerging IT environment will result in a prohibitive level of complexity. Currently, every box that plays a part…


It’s well known hackers will continually alternate and adjust their tools, and even migrate to different methods based on what works and what is more profitable. Increasing ransomware attacks are a manifestation of the evolution from other attacks like fraud and theft of payment info and login credentials, which have experienced an exponential drop in profitability. The same could be said for exploit kits, which have experienced a major drop-off after large coordinated take down operations by law enforcement.

Ransomware has been the attack of choice for hackers to obtain payments directly from victims versus relying on indirect methods like…

Owen Lystrup

Digital Content Director for Western Digital.

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