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Cisco’s role in simplifying network management

Network management has long been a central task for business IT staff. IT professionals are responsible for handling the backbone of modern network infrastructure, which ranges from managing switches to routers and a number of other critical components. However, navigating and supporting this type of environment has become significantly more complex over the years. An IT infrastructure includes many different types of hardware, often from a variety of vendors with an array of security components and requirements. Cisco is driving an effort to simplify network management and give IT teams the tools they need to control this environment.

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Automation can help simplify network management processes.

Automation, more like complication

As network management becomes more intensive, IT leaders are looking into leveraging technology in order to handle it all. Some experts have suggested that artificial intelligence and automation are going to put IT staff out of a job, but this couldn’t be further from the case. Instead, complication brought on by the growth of the Internet of Things is bound to bring the potential for a greater chance of errors and overstretch to IT teams. ITProPortal noted that because of automation’s potential, organizations are actually going to expect more out of their IT departments than they do today, and automation will be an essential part of keeping everything running appropriately.

Cisco has built a strategy to bring services and silos together into a platform that makes the user experience better and the back-end easier to manage. By identifying where resources connect and how they can collaborate, organizations can cut through unnecessary complexity and allow companies to leverage automation in these operations. Businesses can use this strategy from their own perspective to build networks for the new automated world and simplify management.

“The latest release of ACI contains multi-site management capabilities.”

Cisco updates introduce simplified network management

Beyond Cisco’s strategic approach, the organization has also delivered updates to its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), offering to simplify network management for customers adopting complex multi-cloud strategies. According to ZDNet, the latest release of ACI contains multi-site management capabilities that will help network operators easily move and manage workloads through a single pane of glass. The offering also includes more consistent layouts and simplified topology views as well as troubleshooting wizards. ACI’s new capabilities improve visibility, flexibility and security across network environments. With this, IT teams can be sure that attacks are mitigated and that user-authenticated workloads are placed in trusted security groups.

With Cisco’s ACI 3.0 release, organizations can use policy-driven network fabrics to automate many day-to-day operations across data centers and network processes. Policies can be applied to a single site to be tested out before rolling the changes out across multiple sites. This will make it easier to eliminate problems earlier and maintain network management across the business.

Cisco is making significant headway with simplifying network management and providing tools that businesses need to facilitate these objectives. Organizations can utilize Cisco’s advancements to better support their own environments and take some pressure off of internal IT resources. To learn more about how Cisco is revolutionizing network management, contact Pinnacle Business Systems today.