Cisco’s Priorities Include Hybrid Work, Modern Apps
Robbins outlined four priorities for Cisco for the modern era: reimagining applications, powering hybrid work, infrastructure transformation and security.
Applications must be retooled because they’re at the heart of both customer and worker experience, and because the world for which they were built has changed, he said. Hybrid work is about much more than just collaboration technology and optimizing the meeting experience; it requires rethinking whole network architectures, physical spaces and device strategies to make work both intuitive and secure.
“Now you’re operating in this massively distributed world, where employees are everywhere, data’s everywhere and now you have devices everywhere,” he said.
The company made several announcements during the keynote, including:
- Cisco is connecting its Catalyst switching and wireless hardware to the Meraki dashboard. Customers will now be able to manage both via the same interface, which Cisco officials described as a major step toward helping IT administrators simplify their operations. “Campus and branch networking customers can now simplify their IT operations by combining the best in cloud management with the best in networking hardware,” Cisco said in a press release.
- Cisco also announced Cisco Nexus Cloud, which allows Cisco data center customers to manage their Nexus switches in the cloud. Delivered as a service, Nexus cloud makes it easier to deploy, manage and operate cloud networking, the company said.
- Cisco provided more information about Cisco+ Secure Connect Now, its new secure access service edge solution initially unveiled at the RSA security conference. It is designed to provide customers with a SASE product that is quick to deploy and easy to manage, and can simplify how organizations connect and protect users, things and applications, Cisco said.
All the new offerings are intended to help customers simplify their IT operations, unifying as many disparate applications as possible under a single, cloud-based management platform and offered as a service to customers.