With the rise of smartphones and tablets, the pace of technological change has accelerated, leaving some companies scrambling to catch-up.
“It’s like a race against time,” said Chris D’Ambrosio, a senior vice-president of sales at Cisco Systems Inc., which makes the networking equipment that powers the internet’s core components.
“We have to be smarter about our processes, our processes have to change to be faster.”
The company is working on a set of changes that will include using a chip that’s smaller, more energy-efficient and more capable of processing the enormous amounts of data that cloud computing and artificial intelligence need to keep pace with the demands of businesses and the internet.
Some companies, like Apple Inc. and Google Inc., have been rolling out new chips designed to keep up with the latest innovations.
But for others, such as Cisco, it’s about making sure the software and hardware that power its networks stay up to date and that the computers around it can handle the ever-increasing amounts of information coming in.
“This is going to be a challenge,” said Rob Bajarin, Cisco’s senior vice president of product management.
“The number of processors in the cloud is staggering, so how do we keep pace?”
Companies that are moving in the right direction are starting to notice the impact the rise in computing has had on their business.
At Cisco, for instance, there’s a new chip in use that takes advantage of more efficient processors to make up for lost power and to cut the number of connections needed to reach customers.
The company has also moved to use newer computers that use less power and can run more software.
Some of its customers, like Amazon.com Inc. , have switched to using software that’s less reliant on proprietary drivers and other software that needs to be updated every six months to keep their networks up to speed.
And Cisco is also using a more secure software that protects sensitive information by encrypting it.
Cisco is hoping to catch some of the companies that have tried to catch them up by taking a new approach to making its systems more reliable and more resilient.
In the past, the company has built software that lets users download and run software updates that are as easy as a single tap.
But that approach was less secure than it needed to be, and it also was less effective.
So it’s now changing the way it does things by making the updates run automatically on all of its computers, not just those that are connected to a specific router or the internet at a specific time.
The change is being rolled out through a series of software updates called software-defined networks, or SDN.
It’s designed to make it easier for users to download software updates without having to worry about a computer breaking down or losing data.
The rollout of SDN has been slow in some markets, but the technology has been gaining traction in other areas as well, said David Stahl, an analyst with Jefferies Inc. “As we start to get the speed of the new technology coming online, the question is, can it be done quickly and safely?
Can we build a network that can withstand the demands and the speeds of the future?”
Cisco, which is a big consumer of cloud computing software, has a long history of making its products more secure and reliable.
But it’s also trying to stay ahead of the curve in some areas.
In February, it introduced an encryption algorithm that can encrypt data even if the underlying hardware doesn’t know it’s encrypted, an effort that Cisco said could help the company stay ahead in areas like data encryption and data-retention.
The new software update for Cisco’s routers will make it possible to download updates without any software-related failures or problems, Cisco said.
And in a new project called SANE, Cisco is working with universities to provide software for schools to teach students about cybersecurity.
The software-based update is designed to let students get the most out of their computers by providing the most secure software possible.
Cisco has also been working with government agencies to provide free software and cloud services for a long time.
But the company’s efforts to build more secure tools are a step in the direction of more secure services.
Cisco says that for the last several years, it has developed a new suite of security software that can be used by governments to help prevent or detect attacks.
The latest version of the suite, called a Security Suite, was recently released to the public.
The suite includes a suite of tools called Security-Enhanced Network Security, or SEN, that helps to identify and detect attacks on the internet, including ransomware, phishing, and botnets, said John Bailenson, Cisco Systems’ chief technology officer.
“When we see the use of ransomware, it means that the attack is not being done by a malicious actor, but it’s being done against a public network that is already in use,” Bailinson said.
“So SEN is designed with the