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The top highlights and takeaways from Cisco Live 2022

The company unveiled its next wave of innovations around security, network agility, observability, collaboration and sustainability.

July 13, 2022

The top highlights and takeaways from Cisco Live 2022
Cisco Live 2022 was a huge success, with more than 16,000 in-person attendees and hundreds of thousands of virtual participants worldwide. Things kicked off Monday, June 13, with the Innovation Showcase World of Solutions, featuring Cisco’s next wave of innovations around security, network agility, observability, collaboration and sustainability. The presentation showed what’s possible as we look ahead to the future of technology. In addition, Cisco’s latest and greatest tech was on display, from its full-stack observability and hybrid cloud to DNA Spaces and autonomous racing cars. 
 
Here are a few of the top highlights and takeaways from this year’s event:
 
The innovation showcase offers a look at the future

Cisco previewed forward-looking technology in its “World of Solutions” at Cisco Live. A few highlights included:
 
  • Transforming automotive travel: A Ford Mustang Mach-E previewed Webex Meetings’ in-car capability. Ford announced earlier this year that two new electric vehicle lines—the Ford Blue and the Ford Model e—will feature 15.5-inch infotainment systems with Webex built-in. Attendees also saw a demo of Cisco-connected roadways and intersections in action.
  • Immersive 3D collaboration: Attendees also saw the next big business disruptor in hybrid work, Webex Hologram. The solution uses augmented reality headsets to combine feature-rich Webex functionality with 3D holograms, going beyond videoconferencing for a truly immersive experience.
Getting hybrid work right

To power an inclusive future for all, we must get hybrid work right, but it’s becoming a more challenging task than initially expected. At Cisco Live, Todd Nightingale, EVP and GM of enterprise networking and cloud at Cisco, and Jeetu Patel, Cisco’s EVP and GM of security and collaboration, showed how purpose-built devices and Webex Control Hub integration with ThousandEyes can now turn your customer’s home into a micro branch capable of delivering enterprise-grade experiences. They also showcased Cisco Smart Workspaces, the latest offering from DNA Spaces, built for enterprises that want to provide the next generation of employee experience, safety and productivity. It equips facilities, IT, HR and executive teams with tools to monitor real estate utilization and make data-driven decisions to promote space adoption and optimization.
 
For example, Cisco Smart Workspaces can transform flat floor plans into dynamic, interactive, highly intuitive 3D maps. The maps can be used in Webex boards and other digital signage, providing contextual awareness and helping users locate empty meeting rooms, desks and other vital points of interest.
 
Creating unified experiences

Nightingale announced several innovations in Cisco’s continuing platform strategy. One of the biggest takeaways was that Cisco Catalyst now works with Cisco Meraki, the industry’s simplest cloud management platform. Nightingale demoed how both simplify IT and provide unified experiences to users. 
 
He also introduced the Cisco Nexus Cloud, a SaaS offering for cloud networking powered by the Cisco Intersight platform and ThousandEyes WAN Insights, a vital first step in Cisco’s vision of predictive networks. 
 
Cisco also debuted AppDynamics Cloud, a new observability platform that cuts through the complexity of modern applications to give IT pros and solution providers a seamless, unified view of their cloud-native technology landscape.
 
Bringing the best of security and networking together

Hybrid work opened many new possibilities but also brought about new complexities. Cisco+ Secure Connect bridges these worlds with the best of Cisco networking and security in a single secure access service edge (SASE) solution. Cisco+ Secure Connect is an as-a-service, cloud-managed solution available to customers via a subscription. It’s quick to deploy and easy to manage, simplifying how organizations connect and protect users, things and applications wherever work happens.
 
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