Executives from telcos and Cisco talk about the company’s new service provider strategy, including IoT, AI and 5G, and how those technologies are reshaping networking. Watch my video from Las Vegas – or, to be more precise, I was in front of the camera – my colleague Dan Allen did the bulk of the work putting it all together.
Bob Bryan, Business Insider:
We’ve seen some crazy things on earnings calls before, but this has to take the cake.
During Ruby Tuesday’s second-quarter earnings call, an unidentified caller posed as Bud Fox, Charlie Sheen’s character from the movie “Wall Street,” and asked CEO JJ Buettgen if the burger chain’s business had been affected by the death of Harambe.
The caller even said they worked for the Geneva Roth Holding Corporation, a fictional company from “Wall Street.”
Earnings calls are almost always deathly dry, with the exception of Cisco when John Chambers was running things. But even Chambers never went dicks-out for Harambe.
I would die from joy if something like this ever happened on a call I was on.
Me, Light Reading:
Cisco said Wednesday it is eliminating 5,500 positions, 7% of its workforce, as part of an ongoing shift to recurring, software-based revenue models and the cloud.
That’s not as bad as expected. CRN reported Tuesday that Cisco would be laying off 14,000 employees — nearly a fifth of its workforce of 73,000.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said Wednesday that Cisco plans to reinvest the benefits of the layoffs in its growth businesses — security, Internet of Things, collaboration, next-generation data center and cloud.
I went to the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit on 36-hour turnaround. While at the airport I stopped in at the restaurant at the Virgin lounge for dinner, and thought, “Pretty soon I’m going to be a regular here and they’re going to start recognizing me. I wonder how I feel about that?” Then the waiter greeted me with, “Welcome back! You’ve been here a few times, haven’t you?”
Light Reading posted these articles from me while I was away:
Microsoft Planning 7-Day Phone Batteries
SAN FRANCISCO — MIT Technology Review Digital Summit — Microsoft is figuring out how to make mobile phone batteries last longer. How much longer? Try a week…
Is Cisco’s Chambers Retiring in the Fall?
Cisco CEO John Chambers may be planning to announce his retirement soon, and may leave the networking technology giant in the fall.
Cisco Systems Inc. is also embarking on a reorganization that will result in 20,000 people changing jobs inside the company, according to Silicon Valley chatter. The reorganization would be intended to reduce duplicate work. Many employees are developing the same technology for different business units; the reorganization would streamline those redundancies.
Google Exec: Internet of Things Requires ‘Brand New Network’
SAN FRANCISCO — MIT Technology Review Digital Summit — The Internet of Things will require telecom operators to turn their networks upside-down, believes Google Developer Advocate Don Dodge.
The Internet is currently designed for expensive, high-bandwidth connections such as video. The Internet of Things doesn’t need much bandwidth but needs to be inexpensive, Dodge said.
Overture Adds Hardware to Its NFV Pitch
Overture is extending its existing NFV proposition with a new product designed to combine the benefits of virtualized functions with dedicated hardware located at the customer premises.
More to come.
My flight got in very late last night and so I got a late start this morning. Tea, meet neurons.
The Cisco community hashed out the latest advances in networking technology in San Francisco. We were there with our cameras.
That’s me trying out the Oculus Rift virtual reality googles below. Pretty tame simulation — but I was still impressed.
From the article:
Cisco set up a demo showing how network operators can go into cyberspace to monitor the network and diagnose problems. In the demo, your avatar walks around a cartoon data center, looking at servers and switches. Information appears on floating (virtual) screens, or on an iPad in the avatar’s hands. At one point, I was looking at a virtual iPad inside a simulated data center, showing data about a simulated network running on a real Cisco UCS server on the real Cisco Live show network, noted David Ward, Cisco Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and Chief Technology Officer-Development. “You’re full Malkovich now!” he added. When I asked him whether the demo is practical, he immediately replied, “No, but it’s f—ing cool!” Fair enough…
– Me on Light Reading. More at the link.