Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript

May 16, 2018 • 04:30 pm ET


Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript


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Chuck Robbins

are consuming services from multiple cloud providers, multiple SaaS applications, connecting billions of new devices which are generating massive amounts of data and the network is pervasive across all of these environments. We have been evolving our portfolio to help our customers deal with this complexity and provide unprecedented simplicity, visibility and security across on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Now, I'd like to review our momentum across key priority areas and share some of the innovations we're driving across our portfolio. First, let's start with Infrastructure Platforms. We are leading the network industry's transformation to intent based networking across the campus, branch, data center and the edge. We are paving the way to help customers simplify and manage the network. Only Cisco offers an end-to-end, intent based networking portfolio that delivers assurance, industry-leading security, policy based automation and segmentation.

We continue to see very strong adoption of the Catalyst 9000, the fastest ramping new product introduction in our history. This includes another quarter of high uptake of our advanced subscription offer in DNA Center, our automation and analytics platform. The Catalyst 9000 now has over 5,800 customers up from 3,100 last quarter. This is an excellent example of how we've begun to scale our enterprise networking business into a subscription model. We've also recently introduced additional intent based networking innovations. These include new access solutions and routing software subscriptions, which expand our software defined WAN capabilities onto any platform.

We are extending our leadership in data center and cloud by providing highly secure and differentiated offerings such as our ACI SDN solution. With growing 100 gig deployments, especially in cloud infrastructure, we remain well positioned for future growth with our data center switching and intent based portfolio. We also announced new hybrid cloud workload management solutions with ACI Multi-Site Management and new flexible consumption models, including SaaS delivery for our Tetration platform. Whether deploying enterprise applications or containers in a multi-cloud environment, customers are increasingly turning to Cisco's unique architectural approach. This is leading to strong momentum with UCS, our compute platform and HyperFlex, our hyperconverged offering as customers benefit from simplicity and scalability to support their hybrid cloud strategies.

Now turning to Security, which is foundational to everything we do. Our architecture delivers highly effective security from the network to the endpoint to the cloud. This unique ability to bring together networking and security at scale gives us a huge competitive advantage. With the largest customer base in enterprise security, it is clear that our strategy is working. The strength we saw in the quarter is driven by our integrated architecture combined with best-of-breed products.

We are also leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to reduce time to detection and remediation. A great example of this is our Talos intelligence platform, where we block 20 billion threats every day.

We continue to rapidly innovate in security to address key areas of concern for our customers such as security in their complex data centers. We introduced a comprehensive, integrated data