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, along with the slew of
Android-based tablets, spells big opportunity for
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, according to Robert Lloyd, the networking giant's executive vice president of worldwide operations.
"It means that the network does play, and will play, a critical role in opening up these devices into corporate IT," he said during an interview at Cisco's headquarters. "Our customers are saying 'How am I going to exploit that [tablet innovation] and use that in the enterprise?'"
|Cisco sees opportunity in the new Apple iPad.
Cisco, which busted out strong
last month, is rebounding from a
in company history. After undergoing a massive corporate overhaul, though, Cisco is enjoying healthy growth in key areas such as switching and routing.
Cisco's switching revenue, which accounts for almost a third of total sales, climbed 8% year over year during the second quarter. The company's routing revenue, which makes up just under a fifth of Cisco's sales, also grew 8%.
Lloyd added that Cisco has seen improved demand for a number of its offerings since Apple kick-started the tablet revolution in early 2010.
"We have seen a huge amount of growth in our Wi-Fi business," he said, adding that tablets have also boosted Cisco's security sales."The network is more relevant than ever before, and we're really looking at that change in devices and explosion in mobility as a huge opportunity for Cisco."
Cisco, of course, has its own tablet, the business-focused
, although Lloyd said the device should not be compared to Apple's iPad.
"Don't confuse the Cius with a consumer tablet," he said. "It's a business device that's optimized not only for communications, but [also] for this increasing trend to mobility in the enterprise workplace."
Cisco unveiled the Cius last year, combining tablet functionality with telepresence, a form of high-end video conferencing, when hooked up to a docking station. The networker also debuted AppHQ, its Cius app ecosystem, which includes
View Client for desktop virtualization and
receiver for remote desktop access.
Cius, however, has been relatively low-profile at Cisco recently, particularly when compared to the company's UCS server technology. The tablet, for example, has not even been mentioned on the networking giant's recent quarterly conference calls.