CHAPTER 3

HOW CISCO DELIVERS

CHAPTER 3

HOW CISCO DELIVERS

Only Cisco provides the foundation for digital transformation by bringing everything together into a simple, intelligent, automated, and secure infrastructure.


Cisco makes things simple by providing cloud-ready products and services with flexible consumption models. Our infrastructure solutions provide intelligence at the edge and help you unlock the value of data so you can make faster, better decisions. Cisco also provides efficiency and agility through its automated services. Our solutions also secure your infrastructure from end to end, enabling the trust that’s essential for fueling collaboration and innovation.



Only Cisco provides the foundation for digital transformation by bringing everything together into a simple, intelligent, automated, and secure infrastructure.  

Cisco makes things simple by providing cloud-ready products and services with flexible consumption models. Our infrastructure solutions provide intelligence at the edge and help you unlock the value of data so you can make faster, better decisions. Cisco also provides efficiency and agility through its automated services. Our solutions also secure your infrastructure from end to end, enabling the trust that’s essential for fueling collaboration and innovation.

CISCO LEADS IN SECURITY.  

Security is fundamental for every digital transformation. Customers want to detect every threat faster and effectively remediate. Cisco is the best in the industry to do this, as it provides:

Most comprehensive threat intelligence

Fastest threat discovery in the industry

Highest security effectiveness

Security is a fundamental part of every digital business transformation strategy. The threat landscape is changing fast as the growth in connected devices creates exponentially more targets and as attacks become more sophisticated. As the IoT continues to mature, your potential exposure to threats is growing as well. Cisco is unique in its ability to deliver the performance and reach you need to see more, protect better, and respond faster. According to Gartner Research, Cisco provides the industry’s largest breadth of security offerings.


MOST COMPREHENSIVE THREAT INTELLIGENCE

Cisco Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group is an industry-leading threat intelligence organization dedicated to providing protection before, during, and after cybersecurity attacks. With Cisco Talos, you gain 360-degree threat intelligence across all attack vectors. The solution examines diverse sets of data threats and malware, web and email traffic, DNS, network intrusions, and endpoint intelligence while providing insights about attackers’ infrastructures. Talos continually leads the industry in threat intelligence breakthroughs. With Cisco, you can confidently remain a step ahead of the bad guys.  

Cisco has visibility into 2 percent of global Internet traffic, 18.5 billion malware queries, 500 billion emails a day, and 16 billion web requests.10

Cisco blocks 19.7 billion threats a day—more than 2.5 blocked threats a day for every person on earth.10

FASTEST THREAT DISCOVERY IN THE INDUSTRY

Infrastructure threats act fast, so rapid threat discovery is key to minimizing liability. Cisco next-generation firewalls and FirePOWER Management Center provide ultimate visibility and threat discovery across the network. Cisco was a leader for the third year in a row in the latest NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems (BDS) test, detecting 100 percent of malware, exploits, and evasions.

In the first 5 minutes, Cisco detects 96 percent threats, Palo Alto Networks 27 percent, and FireEye 6.5 percent.11

HIGHEST SECURITY EFFECTIVENESS

Cisco helps you stop threats across the attack continuum—before, during, and after the attacks—with its Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), email security and encryption, and next-generation intrusion prevention systems (NGIPS). Our solutions are designed to provide nonstop protection to help safeguard your most critical business processes and data.

Cisco security delivered the highest security effectiveness (99.2 percent) in a recent NSS Labs study.12

CISCO SUPPORTS AUTOMATION. 

Becoming more lean and agile is another key piece for transformation, and that means automation. Cisco automates more parts of your business than anyone else by providing:

Fastest private and hybrid cloud deployment

Zero-touch deployment for branch and campuses

End-to-end security and IoT lifecycle automation

The ability to automate time-consuming, manual processes is one of the key benefits of digital business transformation. When you’ve deployed a secure, fully connected infrastructure, you can take steps toward gathering data from your environment to build insight and agility. But to make the most of all these connections, you need automation to help your IT team manage them. Automating manual processes across your organization lets you unleash business agility and take advantage of policy-based networking and self-service deployment models.  


FASTEST PRIVATE AND HYBRID CLOUD DEPLOYMENT

Cisco helps to build your private cloud within hours with Cisco Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). CliQr lets you securely deploy and manage applications to data center, private cloud, and public cloud environments. This application-centric data center and cloud management solution can improve your data center service delivery or add public cloud application deployment to your service offering. The solution also enables you to apply seamless automation across the cloud vendor environment of your choice. Preinstalled support is available for more than 19 environments, including data center, private cloud, and public cloud solutions. With Cisco cloud solutions, you can mitigate multivendor deployment complexity that results from data sovereignty compliance needs.  

CliQr helps to deploy applications in 30+ public, private, and hybrid clouds with a single click.

ZERO-TOUCH DEPLOYMENT FOR BRANCH AND CAMPUSES

Like most organizations, you’re probably contending with more users, more devices, and more locations to manage. More of everything means automation is more critical than ever. The Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) helps you deploy hundreds of new branches and manage changes within minutes. It enables you to automate Day 0 operations to gain the business agility you need. Network virtualization helps you manage networks and policies by user type, allowing for quick launches and faster threat detection.


END-TO-END SECURITY AND IOT LIFECYCLE AUTOMATION

Only Cisco enables common policy-based automated threat discovery and remediation all the way from endpoint to cloud. The network edge is the first line of defense—where policy is applied to determine who or what has access to your network. It takes only one time for a data breach to impact your organization. With so much potential for infiltration, it’s critical to have a trusted solution to identify and control what gets on the network.


Cisco Jasper Control Center, a leading automated connectivity management platform, helps ensure your IoT services run reliably, securely, and at the lowest cost. Because connectivity is what links your devices to global networks, your customers, and your back-end systems, it has to be continuously managed—not just turned on to bring a device online and turned off when a device is retired. Cisco Jasper automates the activation, provisioning, security, and management of millions of IoT devices across more than 100 providers.

CISCO MAKES IT SIMPLE.  

Simplicity is the cornerstone of digital transformation. Only by simplifying can you innovate and respond quickly to the ever-evolving market. Cisco is all about driving simplicity by providing:

Simplicity of a single vendor

Everything cloud ready

New flexible consumption models

Simplicity is the cornerstone of digital transformation. Only by simplifying can you innovate and respond quickly to the ever-evolving market. Cisco is all about driving simplicity by providing:


SIMPLICITY OF A SINGLE VENDOR

Cisco offers the industry’s broadest portfolio across networking, security, collaboration, IoT, cloud, and data center so that you can build and deploy services faster. Today, a typical customer has more than 30 vendors for security alone. Our comprehensive network platform lets you extend connectivity from the data center and cloud to the network edge and every device. Together with our partners, we enable you to create a scalable infrastructure for digital transformation that will set the stage for powerful outcomes—today and for years to come. 


EVERYTHING CLOUD READY

Cloud is the way of the future, and Cisco is investing heavily in a cloud-first model enabled by solutions like Meraki Cloud Networking Support Systems Manager software. The Cisco Meraki portfolio of networking devices is centrally managed from the cloud. Employing this feature-rich, easy-to-use cloud architecture enables customers to solve new business problems and reduce operating costs. Cisco has also invested in software-as-a-service offerings like Cisco Spark, an excellent tool for collaboration, and Umbrella for enterprise-class security.


Cisco is also making cloud simple with CliQr, Jasper, and ECS self-service capabilities. With Cisco ECS, you can build a private cloud within hours. Cisco CliQr helps to deploy applications in more than 30 public, private, and hybrid clouds with a single click.


NEW FLEXIBLE CONSUMPTION MODELS

Cisco’s new subscription models like Cisco ONE Software provide a flexible, convenient way to buy software for your data center, WAN, and access domains. At each stage in the product lifecycle, Cisco ONE Software helps make purchasing, managing, and upgrading your network and infrastructure software easier. It enables better OpEx predictability and lower initial CapEx. The Cisco Spark Flex Plan lets you choose between cloud, on-premises, or hybrid options without any price change.

CISCO BUILDS IN INTELLIGENCE 

Organizations are looking to unlock the value of data and make rapid decisions that help them understand their business better. Cisco provides end-to-end analytics from endpoint to cloud with:

Built-in analytics and telemetry

Contextual insights to understand your business better

Fast, easy access to actionable data

One of the main values of digital transformation is its ability to unlock in-depth insights and intelligence from your organization and your business processes. When you gather data from the people, processes, and things that reside on your network and enrich that data with analytics, you can better identify emerging customer needs, uncover trends, and innovate faster than your competitors. The more data you can collect and analyze, the more opportunities will open up for you. Cisco provides end-to-end analytics from endpoint to cloud. 


BUILT-IN ANALYTICS AND TELEMETRY

Cisco embeds analytics and deep telemetry in every product from endpoint to cloud at scale. Our solutions provide network analytics with Cisco Connected Analytics for Network Deployment (CAND), security analytics with Cisco Cognitive Threat Analytics, data center analytics through Cisco Tetration Analytics, and edge analytics through Cisco Edge Analytics Fabric. The result is comprehensive, end-to-end insight across your infrastructure. 


Cisco Tetration Analytics provides the ability to see every application and every process in the data center, providing the insight you need to predict failures and reduce downtime. The solution also collects telemetry from every packet in the data center. It analyzes millions of events and gets actionable insights from billions of records in seconds. With Cisco Tetration Analytics, organizations can retain data over the long term without a loss of granularity. 

“The need for a platform like Tetration is high. While there are several data center analytic platforms available, there isn’t a single tool designed to collect data across the data center and analyze it in real time.”13

CONTEXTUAL INSIGHTS TO UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS BETTER

To unlock the full potential of data, you need contextual awareness of users, apps, threats, and locations. Cisco delivers these in-depth contextual insights by correlating data across devices, network, users, applications, flows, and threats. Cisco Tetration AppInsight identifies application patterns and service dependencies in the data center for faster root cause analysis.


FAST, EASY ACCESS TO ACTIONABLE DATA

To gain full insight into the state of your digital-ready environment, you need to be able to gather, prepare, process, and aggregate data across the whole infrastructure. Cisco provides more exposed datasets that help organizations to easily gather analytics from every device in the network. Our solutions provide simpler access to data by aggregating and normalizing it from a wide variety of sources.

Once you have security, automation, simplicity, and intelligence built into your foundation, you’ll be ready to take on digital challenges and stay ahead of the competition. So what’s next?  

10 Cisco Cybersecurity: Pocket Overview 2016, Cisco, 2016.

112015 Breach Detection System Testing Report, NSS Labs, 2016.

12Cisco Advanced Malware Protection Leads Again in NSS Test, Cisco, 2015.

13“Zeus Kerravala, Cisco Tetration: The Timing Is Right for Cisco to Jump into Analytics,” Network World, June 16, 2016.