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Cisco aims to diversify

Ong Boon Kiat

Cisco aims to diversify in the areas of WLAN, Content Delivery Networking (CDN), security and VoIP. Bill Chang Regional Managing Director, ASEAN, Cisco Systems, said that the company will approach these four areas by building hardware that has room to take up these new technologies when companies and ISPs require them.

Chang said one way of doing this is through a 'blade' architecture, where wireless gateways or firewalls can be inserted into existing equipment as they are needed. He added that the company wants to diversify its product focus so that it will not get caught when any market segment under-performs. "If you look at many of our competitors like Lucent and Juniper who are focused solely on the service provider business, they are affected when this segment suffered in the last two years," he said.

On another front, the company has also been making forays into storage networking. However, Chang said that this is a secondary focus compared to the above four immediate ones. For storage, he said that Cisco will focus on building 'storage network routers', which are essentially hardware devices that bridge storage protocols like fiber channel and networking protocols like IP. These devices will allow enterprises to extend its storage networks from local to WANs using IP. However, given that storage networking is an extremely lucrative market, it may not be long before this segment becomes Cisco's top priority.

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