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Cisco CTO: The Network Is Evolving

LAS VEGAS. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior took the keynote stage at the Interop conference today to detail where the world of networking has been and where it is going. It's a world where the network's value is about individual users.

Warrior began by explaining that the first phase of the networks evolution was just about getting access. The second phase was the digital revolution, where ecommerce and IP telephony took root. In the third phase, which is what we are in today, the network economy with social networking mobile and cloud are the key driving factors. Looking forward, the next phase is the so-called human network, which will deliver a fully immersive digital world where experiences will all be more contextual.

he future and the present of IT is also about the cloud, which requires secure access.

"We believe the network provides a huge role in connecting people to both private and public clouds," Warrior said. "In June, we're announcing Cisco Cloud Connect, which will allow for secure connections to data centers."

Overall, Warrior noted that networking is now in a period of transition.

"This is an important time in the industry, where we're about to re-invent the fundamentals," Warrior said.

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Cisco CTO: The Network Is Evolving

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.