Cisco – The Future of Internet

On December 11th, Cisco announced the future in five categories.

  1. Silicon
  2. Optics
  3. Software
  4. Systems
  5. Architectures

1. Silicon – Referenced as the “engine to a car”, Silicon One is Cisco’s programmable silicon architecture – Q100. This transistor can handle large buffers, advanced programability and greater bandwidth!

Nerd Knob #1: 10 Tbps carrier-class capability

Finance: Drastically reduces the OpEx industry rate which sits at a 1:5 ratio

Read more here: https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/one-silicon-one-experience-multiple-roles

2. Optics – Slower interface speeds could easily cost a solution 10%. With new silicon photonics reaching 400G, the cost per bit can be driven down.

With the hardware becoming more diverse and software driven, we are now going to see an increase in cost on the speed.

Can you imagine? 400GbE connections. That’s an insane amount of data movement.

Read more here: https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/optics-fundamental-to-build-the-internet-for-the-future

3. Software – As Cisco references Silicon as the car, they reference Software as the steering wheel. Their Network Operating System (NOS) becomes an even more critical component in the future of the internet. With Cisco’s IOS XR7, come prioritization on operations. Their goal was to simplify and improve automation tasks with the overarching goal of “zero-touch”. With better efficiencies, comes more complexities. XR7 NOS allows teams to utilize the computer for insights and analytics.

Read more here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/ios-nx-os-software/ios-xr-software/index.html

4. Systems – Continuing the reference – the car. With Cisco 8000 series routers being deployed, we can now bundle the hardware and software for limitless opportunities. Okay, maybe not limitless for long, but definitely a game changer for the immediate future.

Nerd Knob #2:

1 RU Router can support 10.8Tb/s bandwidth…

3 modular form-factor platforms delivering support from 115Tb/s > 260Tb/s

Full Fabric redundancy

Top of the line security – Hardware based “Trustworthiness” for tamper proof control and visibility controlled by Cisco Crosswork Cloud

Finance:

Reduced power consumption per Gb (4W) which is 1/4th the consumption

Read more here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/ios-nx-os-software/ios-xr-software/index.html

5. Architectures – Everything listed above has been re-imagined with performance, trust and OpEx in mind. By keeping all of this on track, Cisco is reinventing how the internet operates with people and business in mind.

Read more here: https://blogs.cisco.com/news/future-of-the-internet-its-here


*This post is not endorsed by Cisco, nor is it a direct reflection of their beliefs and opinions.

Reflection & Vision

When you’ve reached a peaked plateau in any aspect of your life, it’s easy to feel lost, and fogged. Especially when you’re at a peak – but your internal furnace that drives for growth and learning beyond your current levels continues to beg the question; what’s next? It’s common for people my age to want more – and more constantly. It’s often referred as greed. And the definition may be accurate with that statement. I’ll debate it later.

It’s not a bad place to be and I realize this. I’ve had mentors, father figures and friends refer to this point in life as many different things. All of which have resulted in complacency, losing businesses, or failing on their part of the deal in partnerships. That’s where I was earlier this year. I was at my turning point. A point in time where I could choose to make a change. It would either result in returning to Port, maintaining my anchor or setting sail for the high seas.

My decision? Well, none of the above. I overthink everything. I decided to come back to basics. Develop a strategy that will ensure my success – long term, expand on my foundation, and then embark on my journey.

So, I’m in the middle of developing key skills that will last me another decade in this vastly dynamic world of technology. Being a network and systems specialist is only a fraction of who I really am and even of that percent that I am, I can still be greater.

Skill #1 Systems & Networking – I’ll spend time learning Cloud infrastructure from a technical stance. Mastering understanding from a top level managerial view down to the cleanest whitepapers written by the creators of these technologies. Wikipedia is not a proper source.

Skill #2 Management – I’ll spend time learning how to encourage natural incentive and effort for a common strategic goal.

Skill #3 Leadership – being prepared and present more frequently in meetings. I’m already good at this, but I’ll be even better. Providing more follow up and follow through on projects and goals. Creating an environment of care and compassion among my peers and colleagues.

Skill #4 Entrepreneurship – I’ll work on my partnerships. Creating strategic partnerships that truly benefit both sides with sustainability in mind.

Skill #5 Personal – removing limiting thoughts and hesitation from my mental reflex. Preparing to be a father and a better husband with every opportunity.


I think it’s important to understand why I chose skills rather than certifications for my goals. Having an understanding of your desired skill will remove the limiting factors of choosing a single cert and believing that it’s all you need. In reality, I must master my skills, which may equate to five certs, 400 hours of video lessons and another 10 years of experience. The later is much more appealing and hard to beat, especially when competing against a team of nerds, a processor and code for future jobs. It also empowers me to go out, gather the best data on the subjects and study them to a mastery level – then apply what I’ve learned to be truly great.