Cisco has continuously responded to emerging essentials in cloud-based business operations. The latest of which was unveiled at the “Future Cloud” which underscored the company’s efforts to enable organizations to build and strengthen their cloud strategies.
Cisco has made multi-billion-dollar investments over the past six years to build cloud into every aspect of its business, focusing on helping customers build complete cloud strategies with confidence across five key areas: continuity, insights, security, connectivity, and operations.
Among the innovations Cisco introduced is the Cisco UCS X-Series. Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is used in data centers by more than 50,000 customers worldwide. Fully integrated with Cisco Intersight, UCS X-Series is a system designed for hybrid operations from the cloud and across the clouds. Blending the best of rack and blade systems and featuring revolutionary UCS X-Fabric technology, it’s built for workload versatility today and comes future-ready for the next decade of industry innovation in processors, accelerators and computing interconnect.
The Intersight Cloud Orchestrator provides a low-code, easy-to-use automation framework that simplifies complex workflows, so IT Ops can easily orchestrate infrastructure and workloads and accelerate delivery of services.
Intersight Workload Engine is a powerful platform for modern, cloud-native workloads. Built on an open-source Kubernetes and Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) foundation using container-native virtualization, Intersight Workload Engine is a Cisco operating system for Hyperflex, featuring consistent SaaS (software-as-a-service) management.
Cisco Service Mesh Manager is a new extension to the Intersight Kubernetes Service, bringing deep observability and simplified management with policy-based security and intuitive visualization of services topologies across K8’s clusters on-prem and in the cloud.
Cisco Cloud ACI is available on AWS, Azure, and now on Google Cloud with general availability in the fall of 2021. The Cloud ACI common policy and operating model drastically reduces the cost and complexity of managing hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.
In terms of analytics and intelligence, Cisco also introduced offerings that will enable organizations to maximize their data that can help in their decision-making processes.
Integration of ThousandEyes internet and cloud intelligence with the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Series for SD-WAN and Cisco Nexus 9000 switches for data centers to provide customers with valuable insights on network health and application performance, monitoring across campus, branch, data centers, and every point of the WAN network between the user and applications.
Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator acts as a single pane of glass for configuring and managing common policies across multiple on-prem ACI sites, AWS, and Microsoft Azure regions and coming this fall to Google Cloud.
Intersight Cloud Orchestrator provides a low-code, easy-to-use framework to create and automate complex workflows.
For customer service, Cisco introduced three customer experience services. The CX Business Critical Services for Cloud provide advisory services plus the expertise to architect, deploy, secure, and optimize digital transformations. CX Intersight Workload Optimizer Services enhance the resource consumption of applications in the cloud. CX Advanced Services for ThousandEyes and SD-WAN deliver the best application experience for cloud solutions, providing expert design and integration to reduce project complexity and speed transformation. Custom Quick Start Solutions provide services for end-to-end automation and infrastructure-as-a-code (IaaC).