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Cisco's Warrior in London

Michelle Donegan
1/31/2012

1:55 PM -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) CTO Padmasree Warrior took the stage at the company's annual user gathering, Cisco Live, in London Tuesday and stressed what challenges mobility, video and cloud services will bring to networks globally.

In her keynote address, Warrior said that there will be 50 billion devices that connect to the network in the next 10 years or so, bringing with them demands for new apps and services -- in particular, video. She cited recent Morgan Stanley research, which found that the No. 1 priority for CIOs globally is video.

"Video traffic is expected to quadruple all IP traffic by 2014," she said, noting that an hour's worth of video is uploaded onto YouTube Inc. every second already today.

It's no surprise then that all this puts constraints on how IT infrastructure is deployed, which Warrior said is driving the movement to the cloud. "This year, we expect enterprise by and large will be consuming multiple services from the cloud," she said.

So Warrior's top enterprise "mega trends" are mobilization (not just the bring-your-own-device phenomenon but also mobile application demands), cloud services and collaboration. In addition to that, Warrior said that also top-of-mind for CIOs were the issues of security, IT productivity and sustainability.

The company also took the wraps off a new Wi-Fi access point, which it claims is the fastest on the market.

So, while typical of such large events, it was somewhat awkward then to see complaints on Twitter Inc. , like this or this about how poor the Wi-Fi access was at this morning's session.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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