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How Cisco’s Multicloud Portfolio makes multicloud management easier

February 20, 2019

How Cisco’s Multicloud Portfolio makes multicloud management easier
In a recent Q2 2019 earnings conference call, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins summed up nicely how the widespread adoption of cloud services is turning out differently than many IT professionals could have predicted:
“[Many of our customers] thought that they were going to move to the cloud. And we've joked about it being a euphoric neighborhood, you know, where they just move and everything is simple and somewhere along the way, they find themselves with four or five cloud providers, multiple collaboration cloud providers, 100 SaaS providers, and an explosion of IoT at the edge. And, so what's happening is they still have private data centers with applications that can't be migrated to the cloud.”
“They've now gotten to a place where they're repatriating certain applications from the cloud. And the reality is that, they're now finding themselves with a more complicated environment than they had five years ago when they began this journey to simplification. So that's the irony.”
Several industry analyst studies concur with Robbins’ point. For example, a 2018 study from Virtustream and Forrester Consulting found that 86% of enterprises now use multiple clouds.
Protect your multicloud world more easily, too
Some of the top challenges associated with protecting a multicloud environment include:
  • Inconsistencies in security process and policies across private and public domains
  • Increased security troubleshooting from misconfiguration of cloud environments due to unfamiliar and disconnected tools
  • New security breaches resulting from application developers opening holes in their efforts to develop and test new features
  • Complexity in designing and implementing a layered security model that covers multiple users, locations, applications and cloud environments
Cisco’s Multicloud Portfolio, which comprises Cloud Connect, Cloud Protect and Cloud Consume, was created to solve these challenges. Cloud Protect, for instance, includes AMP for Endpoint, Cloudlock, Meraki Systems Manager, Stealthwatch Cloud, Tetration SaaS and Umbrella. Together, these solutions enable Cisco partners to:
• Secure users and devices connecting to cloud environments from both on and off the network
• Provide endpoint protection by ensuring the right security services are installed and configured, and by constantly evaluating and dynamically taking corrective action based on changes to endpoint posture
• Secure cloud applications and data by detecting data leakages through sanctioned SaaS applications
• Discover, map, baseline and protect applications for cloud workloads to help plan application migrations, identify deviations in application behavior and apply security policies for enforcing fine-grain application microsegmentation
• Identify threats and monitor user and device behavior across public clouds and on-premises networks.
“All of the public cloud providers offer tool sets that allow partners to protect and connect their services,” says Jeffrey Barnhart, systems engineer at Cisco. “What Cisco’s done with its Multicloud Portfolio is to extend these same capabilities to private data centers, branch sites, end devices and multicloud architectures so partners can provide a consistent deployment and user experience across all IT landscapes. Without this offering, partners would have to aggregate tools from multiple vendors, which would be much more costly and complex to manage.”
To learn more about the Cisco Multicloud Portfolio or to connect with Ingram Micro’s software desk team, call (800) 456-8000, ext. 76747, or send an email to ciscosoftware@ingrammicro.com