Cisco gears up for digital-ready networks

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Cisco announced its support to engineers, developers, partners and customers to ensure smooth transition to digital-ready networks.

Cisco will also reveal new technologies designed on networking and security link to simplify branch office security and make it effective.

The company recognized the need for the digital network which come without complexity, security issues, and with the mobility, cloud, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) features , which will be flexible, programmable and open.

Cisco DNA will address these demands by moving networking from hardware-centric to software-driven, from manual to automated, and from reactive to adaptive.

“With DNA, Cisco is reinventing how we secure networks for the digital era by embedding advanced security capabilities into a single network architecture,” said Jeff Reed, senior vice president, Networking Infrastructure and Solutions at Cisco.

To turn the Cisco DNA vision into reality, Cisco will take inputs from sources varying from customers and engineers to partners and developers to include skills for developing a scaled, secured, and innovative digital-ready networks, said the company.

Meanwhile, a Cisco-sponsored IDC research reveals that many customers are already embarking on the journey to a digital-ready network, with the percentage of net customers planning to implement software-delivered, automation-capable networks to become thrice in the coming two years from 13 to 44 percent.

Also, research points out that four out of five of organizations have not aligned their business and networking strategies with those having done benefiting with double the revenue growth compared to their non-aligned peers.

Cisco enhances security solutions

Cisco has revealed cloud-based security solutions designed on threat proof security architecture and is working on preparing the industry for the move to digital-ready network.

The Cisco security portfolio offers industries with a way to secure the digital business models. It has an array of security solutions specifically designed for use by industries for an integrated, automated and simple functioning.

The architectural solution will aid customers and detect threats in all fields of network, user end and cloud. The average time for detection required has also been reduced significantly to less than 17 hours, as compared to the current standard of 100 days, claims the company.

Owing to the transformation, the number of users, services, apps and connections are growing with each day. Hence, there is a need for more than 70 different type of products to meet the needs of the security sector of the digital industry, which is not manageable for an industry. The services though increase the ability to detect threats, are very difficult to maintain.

The Cisco security portfolio remedies this by offering both capability and simplicity, to help bridge the effectiveness gap previously existing in the industry.

The company claims that the portfolio can be implemented on all layers of an industry right from a branch office to the headquarters or the end user, effectively.

Cisco Security Services for Digital Transformation will be assisting clients to design a security foundation by examining core security fundamentals that identify their readiness to adopt digital technologies with expert advisers recommending security strategies and giving tailored solutions based on industry trends and business requirements.

“Companies are struggling to manage the security challenges from both large, distributed environments and the active adversaries aggressively targeting these expansive attack surfaces every day,” said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Security Business, Cisco Systems.

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