John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco Systems, emphasized the word “architecture” multiple times during his keynote at the recent Cisco Live! in Las Vegas. He also listed architecture in the Cisco Top 5 Priorities. From the notes I jotted down, Cisco’s Top 5 Priorities were:

• Leadership in core routing and switching
• Collaboration
• Data center/virtualization/cloud
• Video
• Architectures

From my understanding, architectures are Cisco’s vision of how to get humans connected from any device at any time to any resource or content in a secure fashion. The best architectures enable mobility, collaboration, social networking, video and the cloud to play together. Cisco is taking an architectural approach to creating products, solutions and services that better support customer’s business architecture.

This reminds me of CommScope’s Living Infrastructure, which was introduced several months ago.

It is an architectural approach to designing, deploying and evolving data centers that encompasses a comprehensive portfolio of structured cabling solutions and planning tools. These solutions and tools can help customers drive efficiency and scalability through flexibility in addressing unanticipated changes in network design and priorities.

From listening to Mr. Chambers’ keynote, Living Infrastructure has three points shared in common—in my opinion—with Cisco’s architecture vision. Both are architectural approaches, both are all about customers and both are for scalability.

After listening to his address, it appeared to me that Cisco’s architecture outlook almost describes our Living Infrastructure, because whether it is to operate an enterprise-owned or co-location data center, Living Infrastructure can provide the infrastructure vital to support a network’s current and future requirements.

Tell me what your top priorities are for a network.

About the Author

Frank Yang

Frank Yang is manager, Market Strategy Development, for the ISP Fiber business unit of CommScope. Frank leads the market strategy development for data center, central office and enterprise campus markets. Prior to CommScope, Yang worked at Dell and was responsible for server hardware development. He serves as Marketing Chair for Next Generation Enterprise Cabling Subcommittee of Ethernet Alliance. He received a Master of Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and has several patents, articles, white papers and publications under his name. Frank is a frequent speaker at various global and national level opportunities, for example, Data Center Summit, Ethernet Technology Summit, OFC conference, the Ethernet Alliance’s Technology Exploration Forum, Cable Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) Webinars, BICSI conference, etc. Frank holds CloudU, Cisco Certified Network Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificates.

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