Cisco Introduces New Virtualization and Security Technologies

According to a newly released IDC study, organizations around the world are expected to triple the adoption of modern, automated networks over the next two years. To accelerate the journey to these digital-ready networks, Cisco is introducing new technologies that would allow customers to virtualize and secure their networks.

Legacy networks would be struggling to combat sophisticated cyber-threats, or keep up with the requirements of today’s mobile workforce and their use of IoT devices and new cloud applications. According to Cisco, a new approach is required. With its Digital Network Architecture, Cisco DNA, Cisco is now ushering in a new era of networking that would rip up the playbook for how companies build and manage network infrastructure.

Cisco is introducing a new hardware platform and virtual network services to extend virtualization to branch locations, as well as a new solution that allows customers to virtualize their network perimeter and extend it to colocation data centers.

Cisco delivers software-defined segmentation across the entire network – from the network to the endpoint to the cloud – with complete application visibility. With Cisco DNA, organizations can now extend network services, like routing or security, to a diverse set of platforms across branch, campus, colocation centers and the public cloud. By decoupling hardware from software, Cisco DNA would allow for greater speed and flexibility.

New security features introduced with Cisco DNA include:

  • Visibility and Control – Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) provides visibility and control of users and devices on the network. ISE 2.2 offers much deeper visibility into applications on endpoints, including detection of anomalous behavior. It also offers more granular control with the ability to define ‘DEFCON’ policy sets that allow customers to escalate their response to prolific threats.
  • Software-defined Segmentation – Cisco TrustSec provides software-defined segmentation to isolate attacks and restrict movement of threats in the network. This dynamic segmentation would make security policy changes 98 percent faster than traditional methods, with an 80 percent reduction in operational efforts. TrustSec 6.1 is now available across Cisco’s entire enterprise networking portfolio and integrates with Cisco ACI. With these advancements, TrustSec enables dynamic segmentation anywhere on the network, from the edge to the data center and cloud.

Digital-Ready Networks

Cisco also unveiled the results of a major global study into the adoption rates of digital-ready networks. Conducted by IDC and commissioned by Cisco, the research surveyed 2,054 global organizations across 10 countries to determine the digital readiness of their networks. The survey covered both mid-market and large organizations from the Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Key findings of the IDC study include:

  • Organizations clearly recognize the need to evolve their networks: Over the next two years, 45 percent of organizations expect to achieve digital-ready network capabilities. That represents three times the current adoption rates.
  • Modern networks are delivering real, tangible benefits: Companies that have invested in modern network capabilities are experiencing 2-3 times the rate of growth in revenue, customer retention and profit. They have also deployed twice as many digital transformation initiatives compared to companies with legacy networks.
  • Adoption rates comparable across company size and industry vertical: It turns out that network maturity levels are comparable across market segments, with minimal variation between mid-market (500-999 employees) and large (1000+) organizations.
  • Emerging countries to leapfrog developed nations: The real variance occurs when comparing countries. North America currently has the highest level of network maturity, while Asia Pacific and Latin America report the lowest. The most mature countries include the UK, USA and Australia. However, the most significant jump in maturity is expected to occur in emerging economies — India, China, and Mexico.
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