Cisco’s innovations focus on simplifying business solutions

Cisco has introduced new technologies and innovations to address the challenges faced by customers in the IT industry. These innovations focus on simplifying user experiences.

One of the key announcements at this year’s Cisco Live is Cisco Networking Cloud, which aims to provide a simplified IT experience. This integrated management platform is designed for both on-premises and cloud operating models. Cisco acknowledges the difficulties customers face, such as fragmentation, lack of visibility, security threats, and time-consuming integration.

The platform features cloud-driven automation, network insights, and collaboration with partner ecosystems to accelerate the delivery of unified experiences and drive business outcomes.

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Cisco is simplifying its business to help customers simplify theirs. The company introduced a more flexible Cisco Catalyst switch stack, improved visibility into data center power and energy consumption, and (artificial intelligence) AI data center blueprints to enhance network performance and visibility for network operators.

Cisco Security Cloud

The AI-driven Cisco Security Cloud aims to enable secure remote work with a simplified cybersecurity solution. It launched the Secure Service Edge (SSE) solution called Cisco Secure Access, which simplifies access across various locations, devices, and applications. The highlights of Cisco Secure Access include a common access experience, a single cloud-managed console, and faster detection and response capabilities. The solution offers a unified way to access all applications and resources, simplifies security operations, and provides analysis to speed up threat detection and response.

Cisco has also previewed generative AI capabilities in the Cisco Security Cloud to enhance security analysts’ effectiveness in detecting and addressing threats. They have unveiled several key milestones, including Cisco Multicloud Defense, Cisco Secure Firewall 4200 Series appliance and 7.4 software, and cloud-native application security enhancements in Panoptica. These innovations aim to protect hybrid and multicloud infrastructures while providing excellent user experiences.

Full Stack Observability

Cisco also introduced the Full Stack Observability (FSO) Platform, a vendor-agnostic solution that represents a significant advancement in Cisco’s FSO strategy. This platform leverages the full range of Cisco’s portfolio to provide contextual, correlated, and predictive insights, enabling customers to promptly resolve issues, optimize experiences, and minimize business risks.

The FSO Platform establishes a cutting-edge observability ecosystem by consolidating data from various domains, including applications, networking, infrastructure, security, cloud, sustainability, and business sources.

At the core of Cisco’s FSO Platform lies OpenTelemetry, with a focus on Metrics, Events, Logs, and Traces (MELT). This foundation allows businesses to effortlessly gather and analyze MELT data from any source. Moreover, the Cisco FSO Platform serves as a unified and extensible framework, empowering developers to create their own observability solutions and fostering a vibrant ecosystem of customers and partners.

One of the flagship offerings provided by the Cisco FSO Platform is Cloud Native Application Observability. This solution helps customers achieve their desired business outcomes, make informed decisions regarding digital experiences, ensure optimal performance aligned with end-user expectations, prioritize tasks effectively and reduce the risk associated with securing workloads. Alongside Cloud Native Application Observability, the initial set of modules available on Cisco’s FSO Platform includes Cost Insights, Application Resource Optimizer, Security Insights, and Cisco AIOps.

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