Cisco announces fresh automation capabilities to ease IT workloads

Joanna Estrada
June 12, 2019

In its press release, the firm cited 451 Research's findings that nearly two thirds of IT teams are experiencing jumps in workloads, while team expansion is only expected for a third of companies over the next year.

To improve insights into networks, Cisco uses machine learning to correlate the amount of data coming from the network against the individualized network baselines to uncover potential issues that will have the greatest impact on the network, which helps the IT teams find the issues that matter the most. Now, Cisco is leveraging new software capabilities created to utilize deidentified and aggregated data, which when combined with Cisco's 35 years of institutional knowledge building the world's networks, results in more intelligent solutions that allow IT teams to operate more effectively. These baselines constantly learn and adapt as the number of devices, users and applications evolves, and as environments change. It turns network devices into sensors, offering clear visibility that helps administrators manage all connected devices and services, solve issues before they become serious, pinpoint where and when problems occurred, and ensure a better user experience. At Cisco Live in San Diego, the company also announced new features for its developer programme DevNet and course for professionals, as well as new AI and machine learning functionalities for its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) products.

Cisco said it's introducing networking technology purpose-built to withstand harsh environments such as those of chemical plants, oil refineries and mines while providing IT and OT teams with intent-based networking functionalities to scale and accelerate IoT projects.

Cisco's latest announcements at the conference are around unifying enterprise collaboration tools for a more seamless user and IT team experience, as well as adding in more artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to software to help organizations glean more insights from their network data. Cisco said this helps IT detect issues and vulnerabilities, analyze the root cause and execute corrective actions at a faster rate.

New network technologies such as intent-based networking, multi-domain networking, and programmability fundamentally change the capabilities of the network, giving network engineers the opportunity to architect solutions that utilise the programmable network in new and exciting ways, wrote Susie Wee senior vice president and chief technology officer of DevNet. Because of this segmentation, IT is able to safeguard against unauthorized access to sensitive data and critical applications.

The Cisco Certified DevNet Associate, Specialist and Professional certifications will cover software development for applications, automation, DevOps, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). This allows IT teams to dynamically elevate application performance across the enterprise and branch.

Pervasive security: As an industry leader in cybersecurity, Cisco is leveraging its security innovations across all domains.

Cisco AI Network Analytics will be a standard part of Cisco DNA Assurance and will be available in the next version of Cisco DNA Center, generally available in the summer of 2019.

Wee also announced the DevNet Automation Exchange, a community that will offer shared code, best practices and technology tools for users, developers or channel partners interested in developing automation apps.

Based on its deep security portfolio, Cisco extended the ability to detect threats in encrypted traffic across public clouds.

Robbins added that there will be many IT professionals that focus on infrastructure and there will be many that are software developers.

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