Cisco is unveiling what it says are new technologies for cloud computing and networking at its annual Cisco Live conference in Las Vegas later this week.

Today the company announced multiple additions into its flagship Catalyst 6500 Series Switches,  which it says will give customers the ability to evolve their network infrastructure to accommodate connected devices, video traffic, and cloud computing business models -- without requiring what it called “rip and replace upgrades.”

Tomorrow, Cisco Cloud computing vice president Lew Tucker will host a new conference expected to cover cloud infrastructure. He will be joined by Soni Jiandani, senior vice president for server access and virtualization, and Praveen Akkiraju, senior vice president for the services routing group. Also joining the Cisco executives will be Lou Modano, head of global infrastructure for NASDAQ, and Steven Senecal, manager of global server engineering for Travelport.

The conference will provide Tucker with his first big opportunity to articulate Cisco’s vision for the cloud since joining the company just over a year ago. Tucker was the former cloud visionary for Sun Microsystems.

The cloud has figured prominently in Cisco’s strategy since it launched its Unified Computing System in March of 2009.


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