Cisco unveils AI-based networking portfolio

Subscription service now an essential element of its campus switching portfolio

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Cisco unveils AI-based networking portfolio The network has never been under more pressure, Robbins notes.
By  David Ndichu Published  June 22, 2017

Cisco has unveiled “intent-based” networking solutions, built on automation and machine learning.

This new network is the result of years of research and development, the company says, built to assist network engineers who will be expected to manage 1 million devices by 2020.

“The network has never been more critical to business success, but it’s also never been under more pressure,” said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer for Cisco. “By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organizations everywhere.”

Cisco can leverage its vast global install base to analyse data and provide IT with insights to spot anomalies and anticipate network issues while safeguarding privacy. By automating the edge of the network and embedding machine learning and analytics at a foundational level, Cisco is helping IT to manage their networks better.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA)

Cisco is introducing a suite of Cisco DNA technologies and services designed to work together as a single system.

DNA Centre. A centralised management dashboard providing IT teams with an intent-based approach spanning design, provisioning, policy and assurance. With full visibility and context across the entire network, DNA Centre allows IT to centralise management all network functions. 

Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). SD-Access uses automated policy enforcement and network segmentation over a single network fabric to simplify network access for users, devices and things. By automating day-to-day tasks such as configuration, provisioning and troubleshooting, SD-Access slashes the time it takes to adapt the network, improves issue resolution from weeks and months to hours, and dramatically reduces security breach impact.

Network Data Platform and Assurance. This powerful new analytics platform categorises and correlates the vast amount of data running on the network and uses machine learning to turn it into predictive analytics, business intelligence and actionable insights delivered through the DNA Centre Assurance service.

Encrypted Traffic Analytics. Today, almost half of cyber-attacks are hidden in encrypted traffic and this number keeps growing. By utilising Cisco’s Talos cyber intelligence and machine learning to analyse metadata traffic patterns, the network can identify the fingerprints of known threats even in encrypted traffic, without decrypting it and impacting data privacy.

Catalyst 9000 Switching Portfolio. Cisco is introducing a new family of switches centred on mobility, cloud, IoT and security. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 delivers security, programmability and performance by innovating at the hardware (ASIC) and software (IOS XE) layers.

Software Subscription. Cisco is now making software subscription an essential element of its flagship campus switching portfolio. When purchasing the new Catalyst 9000 family of switches, customers will access the DNA software capabilities by subscription, either via pre-bundled Cisco ONE software suites or a-la-carte components. Available across the entire enterprise networking portfolio, Cisco ONE software provides businesses with access to ongoing innovation, budget predictability, and a more agile way to consume the technology.

DNA Services. Cisco is offering a comprehensive lifecycle of advisory, implementation, optimization and technical services to help them on their journey. Cisco channel partners can also resell these services and build networking practices that incorporate software, security, automation and analytics for their customers.

Developer Centre. Cisco is releasing a new DevNet DNA Developer Centre with resources to help developers and IT professionals create network-powered applications and integrate them within their IT systems and workflows. This includes new learning tracks, sandboxes, and developer support resources for using APIs and building skills.

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