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  • New solutions enable IT to simplify their operations and gain consistency across on-premise, edge and public clouds through best-in-class insights and automation
  • New software-delivered capabilities accelerate application and digital services delivery in a hyper-distributed world by connecting teams, infrastructure and tools
  • Cisco’s 25th annual Partner Summit kicked off virtually focused on being “Future Ready”, providing partners with the latest business and tech insights needed to help customers achieve new levels of business agility and resilience

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Cisco announced new software-delivered solutions designed to simplify IT operations across on-premise data centers and multicloud environments.

This was announced at Cisco’s 25th annual Partner Summit kicked off virtually on Wednesday with nearly 13,000 partners in attendance representing 157 countries. Sessions and announcements were focused on being “Future Ready”, providing partners with the latest business and technology insights needed to help them and their customers achieve new levels of business agility and resilience.

With this milestone, Cisco is enabling greater business agility for its customers and empowering developers to deliver and scale innovative application experiences faster.

This year, Cisco’s leaders discussed their strategy focused on building an inclusive future for all and how Cisco is reshaping its business to drive further customer and partner success. Cisco made several announcements focused on helping partners and their customers better respond and adapt to business disruptions, accelerate their digital journey and cloud adoption, as well as transform their operating model with automated platforms.

Specifically, Cisco introduced new features for security, cloud and data centre platforms with innovations aimed at delivering new levels of agility, simplicity, and resilience. Additionally, Cisco featured new tools and solutions to keep legislative bodies and judicial services operating seamlessly worldwide.

Today’s business environment is changing faster than ever. Applications have become more distributed, workforces are more mobile, and the demands on our systems are greater than ever.

New Simplified Partner Program Platform: 

Cisco shared the biggest changes to the partner program in over a decade by creating a new single, unified partner program that recognizes and rewards the roles that partners play with customers. Consolidating nearly a dozen partner programs over the next 12 – 18 months, Cisco’s simplified partner program will serve partners in a more flexible and agile way than ever before.

In addition, Cisco launched a new digital partner platform – Partner Experience Platform (PXP) – that will provide all the tools and resources a partner needs when working with Cisco, allowing a new level of collaboration and co-selling. PXP will be available to all global partners starting November 30, 2020.

For more information, read  Cisco Introduces New Partner Program Enhancements that Simplify the Partner Experience and Drive Increased Agility & Growth 

SecureX platform powers innovations across portfolio:  

Cisco continues to deliver innovation on SecureX, a cloud-native security platform that launched in June, with measurable improvements in simplicity, visibility and automation across Cisco Security products and third-party infrastructure. Since its general availability, more than 4,000 customers have reported a 95% reduction in time to detect threats and 85% reduction in time to remediate. 

Cisco also debuted platform innovations aimed at delivering new levels of agility, simplicity and resiliency across the breadth of the portfolio, including enhanced capabilities in Extended Detection and Response (XDR); Zero Trust; and Secure Access Services Edge (SASE). 

For more information read Cisco Delivers Security Portfolio Simplification that Achieve New Levels of Agility, Simplicity and Resiliency.

Technology agility

In order to face challenges, IT teams need greater insights and automation to deliver true technology agility. Cisco is unveiling agile IT platforms to help technology groups respond to these market transitions.

Cisco Enterprise Networking and Cloud Senior Vice President and General Manager Todd Nightingale said complexity can paralyze our teams.

“Our systems can no longer be powerful, but brittle. For IT to be as agile as their businesses require, they need solutions obsessed with simplicity,” said Cisco Enterprise Networking and Cloud Senior Vice President and General Manager Todd Nightingale.

Cisco Enterprise Networking and Cloud Senior Vice President and General Manager Todd Nightingale said this year, technology groups around the globe were tested by unprecedented change.

IT platform

“This fundamental shift in how businesses, schools and governments operate requires IT teams to transform how they function. Today, Cisco is announcing IT platforms for multicloud operations that provide advanced insights and automation to help organizations transform faster,” said Cisco Enterprise Networking and Cloud Senior Vice President and General Manager Todd Nightingale.

Cisco is bringing a never-before-experienced level of efficiency to cloud, application, SecOps, NetOps and DevOps teams. As a cloud-neutral vendor, only Cisco allows customers to maintain choice and control across their full IT stack with simplified and consistent operations.

Cisco provides unrivaled visibility from the application to the infrastructure, allowing customers to deliver the best application experiences. New solutions include:

  • Cisco Intersight: Building on its foundation as a leading systems management platform, Cisco Intersight’s mission is to become the world’s simplest hybrid cloud platform that connects private data centers to private clouds. With the new Intersight Kubernetes Service, infrastructure teams can now automate the lifecycle management of Kubernetes and containerized applications across any environment. This represents a major leap forward in the container ecosystem by driving rapid and consistent application innovation. Intersight Workload Optimizer significantly simplifies application resources management. With a single tool that provides real-time, full-stack visibility and insights, customers can balance application performance and cost. Intersight integration with AppDynamics provides IT teams with visibility to improve management across infrastructure and applications and stay ahead of problems that can impact user experience.
  • Cisco Nexus Dashboard: The Cisco Nexus Dashboard is a single insights and automation platform to operate multicloud data center networks spanning on-premise, virtual edge and cloud sites. Bringing together Cisco’s orchestration, insights and assurance services together with critical 3rd party services, Nexus Dashboard is a simple to use interface to transform operations. The Nexus Dashboard drives the adoption of cloud-native application practices leading to a faster path to return on infrastructure investment.  
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE): Cisco ISE now simplifies secure network access across all domains, extending the zero-trust workplace to anywhere and on anything. With the latest innovations, customers can use ISE to intelligently identify a variety of IoT endpoints to enforce consistent policies from the cloud to give teams the agility and flexibility they need to secure their organizations. 

Moor Insights & Strategy Networking Practice Head analyst Will Townsend said Cisco’s new solutions are part of an overall effort to transform how customers connect people, secure their organisation, and automate their processes.


New Simplified Partner Program and Digital Partner Experience Platform:
 Cisco shared the biggest changes to the partner program in over a decade by creating a new single, unified partner program that recognizes and rewards the roles that partners play with customers. Consolidating nearly a dozen partner programs over the next 12 – 18 months, Cisco’s simplified partner program will serve partners in a more flexible and agile way than ever before.

In addition, Cisco launched a new digital partner platform – Partner Experience Platform (PXP) – that will provide all the tools and resources a partner needs when working with Cisco, allowing a new level of collaboration and co-selling. PXP will be available to all global partners starting November 30, 2020.

For more information, read  Cisco Introduces New Partner Program Enhancements that Simplify the Partner Experience and Drive Increased Agility & Growth 

SecureX platform powers innovations across the portfolio:  Cisco continues to deliver innovation on SecureX, a cloud native security platform that launched in June, with measurable improvements in simplicity, visibility and automation across Cisco Security products and third-party infrastructure. Since its general availability, more than 4,000 customers have reported a 95% reduction in time to detect threats and 85% reduction in time to remediate. 

Cisco also debuted platform innovations aimed at delivering new levels of agility, simplicity and resiliency across the breadth of the portfolio, including enhanced capabilities in Extended Detection and Response (XDR); Zero Trust; and Secure Access Services Edge (SASE). 

For more information read Cisco Delivers Security Portfolio Simplification that Achieve New Levels of Agility, Simplicity and Resiliency.

Business disruption

“It is designed to bring together platforms and portfolios to help customers respond and adapt to business disruptions, accelerate cloud adoption and transform IT operating models,” said Moor Insights & Strategy Networking Practice Head analyst Will Townsend.

The new Cisco Intersight innovations and the Cisco Nexus Dashboard will be available by the end of the calendar year. Cisco Intersight Kubernetes Service will be made available in the first half of 2021.  Cisco ISE innovations are available now.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering teams for a global and inclusive future.

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