Cisco consolidates IoT and cloud units

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Cisco consolidates IoT and cloud units
Chuck Robbins

New chief executive Chuck Robbins continues to restructure Cisco to fit his vision of a faster, "flatter" company.

Robbins has consolidated Cisco's Internet-of-Everything software and cloud businesses into two new organisations with new leaders.

He has consolidated Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group and its Software Platforms Group into an organisation led by Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's collaboration group, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The networking giant's IoT Software Group as well as its Industry Vertical Solutions Group will now report to Trollope as well.

Robbins is also consolidating its three separate cloud organisations under one leader, Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager of Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group. Kanouff will lead a new organisation that combines Cisco's Cloud Virtualisation Group, Cloud Infrastructure Services and SP Video Software and Services teams.

One US-based partner, Chris Bottger New York state-based IVCi, said: "Cisco has traditionally been a very layered company, so flattening it is absolutely the right thing to do."

Cisco sources also said the company will be consolidating its IoT systems into the company's core product groups. Cisco's IoT hardware, led by Richard House, senior director of engineering for Internet of Things Group, will become part of the company's Enterprise Networking Group. The company's IoT software, led by Rajiv Taneja, vice president, Internet of Things, is slated to be part of Cisco's Core Software Group.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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