Cisco's IoT ship sails ahead as former captain joins startup

Guido Jouret will head a Silicon Valley lab for Shanghai-based Envision Energy

Mala Anand, [cq] senior vice president of Cisco's Services Platforms Group, spoke on Wednesday at Cisco Live in San Francisco.

Mala Anand, [cq] senior vice president of Cisco's Services Platforms Group, spoke on Wednesday at Cisco Live in San Francisco.

Cisco Systems has hinted at future plans for the Internet of Things even as its former IoT chief joined a Shanghai-based startup that plans to use sensors and big data for renewable energy.

In the next few months, Cisco will launch an application enablement platform to build new applications and adapt existing ones for the far-flung environment of IoT, said Mala Anand, senior vice president of the company's Services Platforms Group. It's a path to the highly distributed computing that will be a hallmark of IoT, with data being collected and processed in many locations, Anand said.

Cisco is aggressively investing in IoT because it plays perfectly into the company's experience and its relentless push to get customers to adopt end-to-end architectures. Earlier this year, the company laid out another $150 million to invest in startups over the next two to three years, with IoT among its targets. Cisco has already made minority investments in at least three IoT startups.

But the sprawling networking incumbent, celebrating its 25th annual user conference this year, is also in competition for brains and attention with those younger, fast-growing players.

On Tuesday, Shanghai-based Envision Energy announced that Guido Jouret, Cisco's recently departed IoT chief, would lead its Silicon Valley lab. Jouret had been at Cisco for 20 years and as vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group was an articulate spokesman for the company's IoT vision. Envision says its cloud-based operating systems for wind and solar energy manage more than 10,000 megawatts of power generation around the world. The company wants to incorporate cloud computing, advanced sensors and big-data analysis into energy management.

Software may be a bigger piece of the IoT puzzle than connectivity itself, a point Cisco itself readily acknowledges. Vendors are grappling with the hodgepodge of devices and applications that make up today's IoT and probably tomorrow's, too. With sensors, cameras, machinery, medical equipment and countless other objects gathering data, and various applications processing and analyzing that information, something will need to tie all those elements together. Even as Cisco was laying out its plans at Cisco Live in San Francisco, across town BlackBerry announced a cloud-based platform for developing back-end IoT applications, with the aim of saving effort for enterprises.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileNetworkingCisco Systems

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?