Over the past decade, a generational shift has taken place in the business: the shift from on-site data centers to the cloud.
Organizations continue to face the same issues they’ve always faced with networking, but with far less control due to the distributed nature of data, applications, people, and devices.
As organizations move their workloads to the cloud, networks must evolve. Cisco has historically led the networking industry through many of these changes, which it should, given that it is the de facto market leader. The networking giant is constantly innovating to bring new capabilities to market that meet the needs of today’s organizations.
Cisco takes Nexus to the clouds
I recently sat down with Ish Limkakeng, Sr. VP and General Manager of Cloud Networking at Cisco, to discuss some of the innovations launched at Cisco Live 2022. The in-person event kicked off this week in Las Vegas for the first time since the pandemic began. Highlights of my Interview with ZKastmade in conjunction with eWEEK eSPEAKS, are below.
- The complexity is all the greater for organizations today because they no longer own the data centers or control the applications that people use. organizations need high performance networking, as well as visibility into cloud networks and all distributed enterprise assets. This is a priority challenge for Cisco customers.
- Businesses need to adopt a strategy that leverages the best of the cloud and meets all traditional networking requirements. Much of the innovation announced at Cisco Live centers around platform strategy and operational simplicity. Cisco brings to market Nexus cloud, a “gateway” for cloud asset management. This cloud-delivered and managed platform is designed to run enterprise cloud networks with full visibility and ease of use.
- Additionally, Cisco is making enhancements to the Nexus Switch Platform, including 400 gigabyte solutions. Cisco launches new Nexus 9800 hardware with 400 gigabyte line cards. The hardware, which is ready for 800 GB, has a long lifespan over several generations. Cisco will continue to improve and deploy more products in this portfolio, especially the modular chassis.
- In addition to high-performance networking, Cisco addresses the needs of organizations moving their data and workloads to the cloud by enabling visibility between the public and private cloud environments in Nexus Cloud. In the future, more emphasis will be placed on management and configuration to make things easier for network operators.
- Sustainability is another focal point for Cisco, as more and more products are developed with energy consumption in mind. This is increasingly becoming a requirement for customers. Cisco believes there are many opportunities to bring sustainability to cloud networking because the network touches many parts of business operations.
- Cisco has been the industry leader in building the “cloud of the future,” starting with the distributed enterprise. Very few organizations have a single delivery model for their workloads and applications. The distributed enterprise is the model of the problems the vendor tries to solve for customers. For example, Cisco tightly integrates Nexus Cloud with its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN). Tighter integration between different products is where Cisco wants to add more value for customers.