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Cisco Cloud Management To Deliver Simpler, Smarter Networks

by Harold Fritts

Taking advantage of the Cisco Live security and networking event, Cisco unveiled new cloud management capabilities that provide a unified experience across the Cisco Meraki, Cisco Catalyst, and Cisco Nexus portfolios and a new Cisco ThousandEyes product to proactively forecast and optimize WAN performance. Cisco’s vision is to enable IT teams to work smarter and simplify their operations with innovations in cloud-managed networking and unified technology experiences.

Taking advantage of the Cisco Live security and networking event, Cisco unveiled new cloud management capabilities that provide a unified experience across the Cisco Meraki, Cisco Catalyst, and Cisco Nexus portfolios and a new Cisco ThousandEyes product to proactively forecast and optimize WAN performance. Cisco’s vision is to enable IT teams to work smarter and simplify their operations with innovations in cloud-managed networking and unified technology experiences.

To build business agility and resiliency, IT teams require unified solutions that bridge an organization’s technologies, locations, teams, and devices. Addressing the unpredictable nature of the modern business environment, the growing complexity of IT environments and higher user experience demands, Cisco delivers a more unified IT experience through cloud-based, intelligent platforms.

The innovations highlight Cisco’s strategy to provide customers with the agility, resiliency, and productivity that their businesses need to thrive in the face of unpredictability through the power of cloud-managed platforms.

The cloud management solution includes the following products:

  • Cloud Management for Cisco Catalyst: Customers have the option to bring the simplicity of the Meraki Cloud to their existing Catalyst deployments.
  • New Cisco Nexus Cloud SaaS: Powered by the Cisco Intersight platform, this service simplifies IT by providing a cloud-managed platform for cloud networking.
  • ThousandEyes WAN Insights: Available soon to Cisco SD-WAN customers, this is the first pivotal step toward delivering on the Cisco Predictive Networks vision.

The Future is Cloud Managed

With Cloud Management for Cisco Catalyst, customers can monitor select Catalyst Switches and manage new Catalyst Wireless devices through the Meraki dashboard, increasing visibility and flexibility of the customer experience. Campus and branch networking customers can now simplify their IT operations by combining cloud management with the best in networking hardware.

Cisco Nexus Cloud is a cloud-managed platform delivered as-a-service providing a more straightforward way to deploy, manage, and operate cloud networking. Nexus Cloud is powered by Cisco Intersight for switching and multi-cloud management. It will extend a customer’s ability to manage across public cloud, private cloud, and edge computing environments of any size or scale. Cisco Nexus Cloud is targeted for availability in Fall 2022.

A Predictive Future

Customers can now take advantage of predictive networking via Cisco ThousandEyes internet and cloud intelligence platform. ThousandEyes WAN Insights is the first step toward delivering on the earlier announced Cisco Predictive Networks vision, empowering enterprise IT to move from reactive to preventative-based networking, improving operational efficiency, and assurance of application experience.

Coming soon, ThousandEyes WAN Insights proactively alerts IT teams to issues before they happen, offering policy recommendations and path optimization guidance. Alongside ThousandEyes’s view of Internet health and behavior, the addition of ThousandEyes WAN Insights helps customers maximize their Internet and Cloud-centric environments and deliver mistake-free digital experiences.

Simplifying Security at the Edge

At the RSA Conference, Cisco also unveiled a unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution. Cisco+ Secure Connect Now is an as-a-service, cloud-managed solution available to customers via a single subscription. It provides customers with a SASE solution that is quick to deploy and easy to manage, simplifying how organizations connect and protect users, things, and applications.

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