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Encrypted data and other 'network nuts' Cisco AI wants to crack - SiliconANGLE

The world’s data just keeps growing, zipping information across global networks in excess of 1 billion gigabytes every month. Add the most advanced artificial intelligence software to date, shake and pour all over everything.

Encrypted data, among other things, makes AI for networking a whole different beast, according to Nicola Rohrseitz (pictured), lead of corporate strategy, AI program, at Cisco Systems Inc.

(* Disclosure below.) Cisco sees the gaps in AI for networking and believes filling them will pay off immensely. “It’s a tremendous business opportunity,”

“This is where, on one side, we have systems that work at scale, but also we have the kind of data that can be used by our customers to better understand their own business,” Rohrseitz said. “We are going to release products that have more and more AI in it, and the whole industry will evolve and have a better understanding of what’s possible and what’s not.”

QA: Cisco, Pure Storage dovetail for optimized AI tech - SiliconANGLE

Key to Cisco Systems Inc.’s evolving software strategy are its strategic acquisitions and partnerships with agile businesses building in artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, and other developing technologies.

While its collaborators offer fresh insights and market opportunities, Cisco’s experience and reputable product provide a powerful foundation for innovation, according to Kaustubh Das (pictured, right), vice president of product management at Cisco.

Das and Katie Colbert (pictured, left), vice president of alliances at Pure Storage Inc., spoke with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the Cisco Live event in Barcelona, Spain.

We are very similar in how our design philosophies work and how modern our infrastructures are, and that gets us to delivering solutions to our customers with less effort from our engineers.

We have 16 Cisco-validated designs for our FlashStack infrastructure, so huge amount of investment from engineers, product managers, on both sides of the fence.

On top of that, we’re doing some work in [artificial intelligence] and [machine learning], coupling Intersight, which is Cisco’s cloud-based automation suite, with Pure Storage and Pure Storage’s ability to integrate into the Intersight APIs.

What we provide together is that infrastructure so that the data scientists, when they build their models, have a place to deploy them and have that life cycle running in a smooth, production-grade environment.

FlexPod Extends the Converged Infrastructure Standard to AI/ML Workloads

FlexPod is constantly evolving and modernizing adding new Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) and NetApp Validated Architectures (NVAs) to its family of 170+ standard solutions, ensuring the performance of modern enterprise applications that run the largest and most complex, mission-critical enterprises like Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, and SAP.  The FlexPod standard is also continuously adding new applications, workloads, and technologies to ensure that customers that they have a long roadmap of both application and technology improvements.

These standardized, combined roadmaps and technologies have delighted many FlexPod customers.  The best predictor of success for FlexPod is happy customers.  Worldwide FlexPod has thousands of happy customers running mission-critical databases worldwide.  Please take a look at these videos to get a sense of FlexPod running mission-critical applications. 

FlexPod is a trusted platform that combines a unified management and unified fabric with best-of-breed compute, network, storage, and management products into an easy-to-deploy architecture., “FlexPod is a trusted and proven architecture from NetApp and Cisco that complements WWT’s broad portfolio of solutions and services for deep learning, giving customers an AI stack that can be implemented quickly with extreme efficiency and reduce any risk.”

Raphael Meyerowitz, Presidio, Vice President, Office of the CTO “Presidio is excited to be a part of the launch of a break though innovation with AI/ML/DL on FlexPod which is an industry trusted and proven architecture” “Realtime movement of large datasets from edge to core or core to cloud is challenging, and visionaries are looking for ways to convert and maximize data value independent of any location.

With the introduction of FlexPod AI, customers can now support adding state-of-the-art Deep Learning capabilities for their most strategic services without introducing the operational challenges that often accompany transcendent methods of application development.  ePlus is proud to be at the forefront of delivering optimized AI solutions by combining Cisco and NetApp technologies with our industry leading professional services offerings”

quick example of where the FlexPod standard assures performance of modern enterprise applications with next generation compute, storage and fabric is the end-to-end NVMe validated solution.  FlexPod’s introduction of NVMe from storage, to switch to server, increasing overall application performance by up to 60%.  Due to NetApp and Cisco’s FlexPod commitment, these new technologies find their way into FlexPod at a rapid pace, much faster than non-standard, competing solutions.

It delivers consistent and integrated hybrid cloud data services for data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security.  FlexPod customers can also use Cisco CloudCenter™ with FlexPod to securely deploy and manage applications in multiple data center, private cloud, and public cloud environments.

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