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Cisco reveals its 'network of the future'

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Cisco has unveiled its network of the future designed with the ability to learn, adapt and evolve to combat security threats and manage the increased load put on networks by an ever-increasing number of devices. 

The company created its new network with the intent of developing an intuitive system that can anticipate actions, stop security threats and continue to evolve and learn over time.  Cisco's network of the future will allow businesses to solve the challenges they face in a time of increased connectivity and distributed technology. 

Today network engineers manage hundreds of devices but in just a few years time, they will be expected to manage one million by 2020.  Cisco has spent years researching and developing the technology to bring its new network to life.

 The chief executive officer of Cisco, Chuck Robbins, highlighted the problems today's networks faced and explained why the company decided to develop a more intuitive network that can adapt to a number of situations, saying:    

“The network has never been more critical to business success, but it's also never been under more pressure.  By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organisations everywhere.” 

David Goeckeler, the senior vice president and general manager of networking and security at the company detailed how its new network can solve problems previously thought to be unsolvable saying:    

“Cisco's Encrypted Traffic Analytics solves a network security challenge previously thought to be unsolvable.  ETA uses Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence to detect known attack signatures even in encrypted traffic, helping to ensure security while maintaining privacy.” 

A vast majority of the world's internet traffic runs on Cisco networks and 75 leading global enterprises and organisations have already begun field testing the company's next-generation networking solutions.  Some of the companies conducting early field trials include Jade University of Applied Sciences, NASA, Sentsy, UZ Leuven and Wipro. 

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After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.