CHAPTER 4

How Cisco helps
you close the gap

How Cisco helps you close the gap

Reimagine your cloud for a hybrid IT world

Reimagine your cloud
for a hybrid IT world

Close the cloud gap and unlock the benefits of hybrid IT.

Close the cloud gap and unlock

the benefits of hybrid IT.

In a constantly evolving threatscape, the best defense starts with integrated security.

What’s so special about Cisco?


While other large IT players are trying to extend their proprietary environments or public clouds, which ends up actually generating new point-to-point IT “silos,” we do not have a public cloud business. This enables us, in collaboration with our global partner ecosystem, to take a cloud-neutral approach.

 

We use management, security, and analytics to provide cloud intelligence across your hybrid IT world—from the infrastructure to the application—for the cloud and noncloud alike. That means you can take full advantage of everything that cloud technology and services have to offer. You get ease of management for cloud and noncloud environments, security throughout, exceptional performance, intelligence, and automation for whatever deployment model or cloud works best for your needs.


This is how our cloud portfolio and partner ecosystem help you simplify, secure, and transform how you work in a hybrid IT world.


Click on each solution below to learn more.


Hybrid cloud solutions

Hybrid cloud solutions

Hybrid cloud solutions


In a hybrid IT world, applications matter. And since applications are everywhere, all your clouds matter as well. A true hybrid cloud knows this. You may be challenged by the proliferation of management tools; limited visibility into cloud applications insights; and, making matters even more challenging, dealing with all of this across multiple clouds. It takes more than just connecting clouds together to turn your hybrid clouds into engines for business success.


When it comes to hybrid cloud solutions, where better to start than the brain of hybrid cloud itself: the cloud management and orchestration system. Cisco enables you to use the idea of application profiles to massively simplify the way you manage complex cloud applications. Our solution is infrastructure agnostic and can deal with applications that are based on traditional virtual memory systems, platform as a service, or even containers. It delivers extensive support for the most-used clouds worldwide. And the benefit is straightforward—simplification from the use of an integrated platform to perform most of your application lifecycle management tasks for traditional as well as cloud applications.



And where does the data center come in for this story? The answer is “it depends,” because we believe it’s important to prioritize the solutions in a way that makes sense for your cloud strategy. In some cases, your interest in cloud may be driven primarily by your data center investments and requirements, which brings our data center portfolio front and center. But in other cases, your interest in cloud arises from your pursuit of moving workloads to the public cloud, in which case our solutions (for orchestration, security, analytics, and networking) and services (such as those from our Cisco Powered partners or cloud professional services) become paramount.


But even in these situations, our data center portfolio has an important role to play. Because as soon as you realize that there are some applications that can’t be moved to the public cloud, our ASAP data center architecture is there to help. ASAP is an architecture that supports both legacy applications in your on-premises data centers and the applications residing in your public and private clouds. By focusing on four areas—analytics, simplicity, automation, and protection (ASAP)—organizations simultaneously evolve and navigate digital transformation. What used to be inconsistent application performance, increasing complexity, and limited visibility becomes simplified, visible, and manageable.


Cloud apps

Cloud apps

Cloud apps


As you embrace the hybrid IT world, you’ll consume more of your applications and resources as a service (aaS). Our cloud applications enable us to provide a suite of enterprise-class aaS capabilities to unleash your productivity, innovation, and IT agility, while keeping everything secure.


We offer industry-leading collaboration-as-a-service applications, comprehensive security capabilities, cloud-based video, and innovative IoT and energy management solutions. We can make private cloud infrastructure simple with a premises-based, behind-your-firewall service. We can make IT simple with cloud management and simplify networking across your organization.



Cloud is not one thing but rather a different consumption model. Solutions from the cloud are just as critical to your organization as solutions for the cloud. So is the quality of those solutions. We understand that. The richness of our cloud offers is, in itself, a testament to our commitment to cloud models.


Security everywhere

Security everywhere

Security everywhere


A fundamental element of any cloud portfolio is security. You may be plagued by countless point solutions and fast-changing threats. But more importantly, you’re facing these issues while your attack surface is expanding exponentially: toward the cloud on one side and an increasingly more-intelligent edge and IoT domain on the other. Consequently, security can’t just be an add-on to your cloud deployment—it should be pervasive across everything you do. As you move into a hybrid IT world, your users, data, and applications will continually move across devices, clouds, and geographies. To succeed, you need security that enables you to securely adopt the cloud.


Cisco offers an industry-leading portfolio of next-generation security solutions built to meet hybrid IT requirements. We combine these with best-of-breed SaaS capabilities, such as cloud-based threat protection for users anywhere and security for any cloud application or platform. We also provide industry-leading secure DNS services that businesses worldwide are using to prevent distributed denial of service attacks every day.


Network for the cloud

Network for the cloud

Network for the cloud


When moving to the cloud, one thing that is often overlooked is the underlying infrastructure that connects users to cloud-based applications. Why? Because traditional network architectures have been designed in discrete silos and lead to poor user experience and greater exposure to security threats. This requires you to fundamentally rethink your network architecture for the cloud, and hence the need for cloud-ready networks. DNA for the cloud is an architectural framework that brings the value of Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), our digital-ready approach to open, software-driven networks, to your branch, campus, colocation centers, and public cloud.



Cisco offers network virtualization functions to simplify your operations, enabling you to roll out new virtual network services in minutes in the branch, help you save time, expand your choices, increase network uptime, and lower your CapEx and OpEx. Our cloud-neutral approach means we can also simplify and secure your extensions into the public cloud, offering routing, security, and network management as cloud services that are infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN and WAN and in the cloud. Cisco enables the network to help you deliver the best application experience regardless of where your users are and where your workloads are placed.


Cloud professional services

Cloud professional services

Cloud professional services


We recognize that making the transformation to hybrid IT involves not only changes to technology stacks but also transforming people and processes. Cisco and our partners can guide customers to an integrated and optimized cloud journey by advising and implementing these changes. Our cloud professional services suite is designed to address not only the technical challenges you face, but also challenges related to cost models, culture, and skill sets.



This involves three primary areas of solutions:



Our cloud professional services are able to help you simplify, accelerate, and optimize your hybrid IT journey.


Our cloud portfolio and partner ecosystem helps you simplify, secure, and transform how you work in a hybrid IT world.

Click on each cloud solution below to learn more.

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud solutions

 

In a hybrid IT world, applications matter. And since applications are everywhere, all your clouds matter as well. A true hybrid cloud knows this. You may be challenged by the proliferation of management tools; limited visibility into cloud applications insights; and, making matters even more challenging, dealing with all of this across multiple clouds. It takes more than just connecting clouds together to turn your hybrid clouds into engines for business success.

 

When it comes to hybrid cloud solutions, where better to start than the brain of hybrid cloud itself: the cloud management and orchestration system. Cisco enables you to use the idea of application profiles to massively simplify the way you manage complex cloud applications. Our solution is infrastructure agnostic and can deal with applications that are based on traditional virtual memory systems, platform as a service, or even containers. It delivers extensive support for the most-used clouds worldwide. And the benefit is straightforward—simplification from the use of an integrated platform to perform most of your application lifecycle management tasks for traditional as well as cloud applications.

 

 

 

 

And where does the data center come in for this story? The answer is “it depends,” because we believe it’s important to prioritize the solutions in a way that makes sense for your cloud strategy. In some cases, your interest in cloud may be driven primarily by your data center investments and requirements, which brings our data center portfolio front and center. But in other cases, your interest in cloud arises from your pursuit of moving workloads to the public cloud, in which case our solutions (for orchestration, security, analytics, and networking) and services (such as those from our Cisco Powered partners or cloud professional services) become paramount.

 

But even in these situations, our data center portfolio has an important role to play. Because as soon as you realize that there are some applications that can’t be moved to the public cloud, our ASAP data center architecture is there to help. ASAP is an architecture that supports both legacy applications in your on-premises data centers and the applications residing in your public and private clouds. By focusing on four areas—analytics, simplicity, automation, and protection (ASAP)—organizations simultaneously evolve and navigate digital transformation. What used to be inconsistent application performance, increasing complexity, and limited visibility becomes simplified, visible, and manageable.

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Cloud apps


As you embrace the hybrid IT world, you’ll consume more of your applications and resources as a service (aaS). Our cloud applications enable us to provide a suite of enterprise-class aaS capabilities to unleash your productivity, innovation, and IT agility, while keeping everything secure.


We offer industry-leading collaboration-as-a-service applications, comprehensive security capabilities, cloud-based video, and innovative IoT and energy management solutions. We can make private cloud infrastructure simple with a premises-based, behind-your-firewall service. We can make IT simple with cloud management and simplify networking across your organization.





Cloud is not one thing but rather a different consumption model. Solutions from the cloud are just as critical to your organization as solutions for the cloud. So is the quality of those solutions. We understand that. The richness of our cloud offers is, in itself, a testament to our commitment to cloud models.

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Security everywhere

 

A fundamental element of any cloud portfolio is security. You may be plagued by countless point solutions and fast-changing threats. But more importantly, you’re facing these issues while your attack surface is expanding exponentially: toward the cloud on one side and an increasingly more-intelligent edge and IoT domain on the other. Consequently, security can’t just be an add-on to your cloud deployment—it should be pervasive across everything you do. As you move into a hybrid IT world, your users, data, and applications will continually move across devices, clouds, and geographies. To succeed, you need security that enables you to securely adopt the cloud.

 

Cisco offers an industry-leading portfolio of next-generation security solutions built to meet hybrid IT requirements. We combine these with best-of-breed SaaS capabilities, such as cloud-based threat protection for users anywhere and security for any cloud application or platform. We also provide industry-leading secure DNS services that businesses worldwide are using to prevent distributed denial of service attacks every day.

 

 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Network for the cloud

 

When moving to the cloud, one thing that is often overlooked is the underlying infrastructure that connects users to cloud-based applications. Why? Because traditional network architectures have been designed in discrete silos and lead to poor user experience and greater exposure to security threats. This requires you to fundamentally rethink your network architecture for the cloud, and hence the need for cloud-ready networks. DNA for the cloud is an architectural framework that brings the value of Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA), our digital-ready approach to open, software-driven networks, to your branch, campus, colocation centers, and public cloud.

 

 



Cisco offers network virtualization functions to simplify your operations, enabling you to roll out new virtual network services in minutes in the branch, help you save time, expand your choices, increase network uptime, and lower your CapEx and OpEx. Our cloud-neutral approach means we can also simplify and secure your extensions into the public cloud, offering routing, security, and network management as cloud services that are infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN and WAN and in the cloud. Cisco enables the network to help you deliver the best application experience regardless of where your users are and where your workloads are placed.

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Hybrid cloud

solutions 

Cloud

apps 

Security

everywhere 

Network for

the cloud 

Cloud professional

services 

Cloud professional services

 

We recognize that making the transformation to hybrid IT involves not only changes to technology stacks but also transforming people and processes. Cisco and our partners can guide customers to an integrated and optimized cloud journey by advising and implementing these changes. Our cloud professional services suite is designed to address not only the technical challenges you face, but also challenges related to cost models, culture, and skill sets.

 

 


This involves three primary areas of solutions:



Our cloud professional services are able to help you simplify, accelerate, and optimize your hybrid IT journey.

The partner connection

A key part of our cloud portfolio is the way we can deliver these services and benefits to best suit your needs through Cisco Powered services and our Partner Ecosystem.

Cisco Powered services

Cisco Powered services

Cisco offers the industry’s broadest ecosystem of partner-delivered as-a-service (aaS) capabilities through Cisco Powered services. These partners transform our technology into compelling cloud solutions for your organization. From disaster recovery to contact centers to on-demand infrastructure and more, our leading cloud partners deliver multicloud aaS capabilities that aren’t possible through most public cloud offerings. Through more than 250 cloud providers in 56 countries, our partners help you address local requirements everywhere you operate, while assuring a high quality of experience, fast time to market, and security everywhere.

Cisco Partner Ecosystem

Cisco Partner Ecosystem

It’s clear that there’s no single “right” cloud answer for all your business needs. Openness and flexibility are a hallmark of being cloud neutral in a hybrid IT world. That’s why our approach works in collaboration with our world-leading Partner Ecosystem. We have a long history of partnering to solve your most pressing challenges, whether the answers are solutions or skills. With our partners, we’re able to provide the software tools you need in the way you need them: easy, fast, and familiar. We can deliver infrastructure solutions that bring you the choice and flexibility necessary to address your specific needs. With our 600+ cloud providers, resellers, and builders across the globe, we provide a global ecosystem of cloud software and tools, infrastructure, cloud application and service providers, resellers, builders, and system integrators. Wherever your business operates and wherever you’re trying to go with cloud, our partners can help you get there with solutions and services.

Software and Tools

Software and Tools

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

600+cloud providers,
resellers, and builders
in 56 countries

Infrastructure

Software and Tools

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

600+cloud providers,
resellers, and builders
in 56 countries

600+cloud providers,
resellers, and builders
in 56 countries

Seamless with Cisco


Cisco’s cloud portfolio, partners, and expertise span the entire landscape of your business: from the data center to the branch; across private and public clouds; spanning applications, colocation facilities, IoT endpoints, and the network that connects them all. Other vendors might provide great solutions for one piece of the cloud puzzle. Only Cisco addresses the full hybrid IT picture by providing you cloud intelligence based upon management, security, and analytics. From the infrastructure to the application, we take a cloud-neutral approach to your hybrid IT world to help you in closing your cloud gap.