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The latest tech solutions and announcements from Cisco Live 2021

April 02, 2021

The latest tech solutions and announcements from Cisco Live 2021
The future of work will be hybrid, and business owners will have to deal with employees who are both in the office and at home, said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins during his opening remarks at Cisco Live 2021. This year’s virtual event boasted more than 100,000 online attendees from more than 200 countries worldwide. On day two, one of the presentations was Transforming Your Hybrid Workplace, which addressed the questions:

  • How do we prepare to go back to the office? DNA Spaces for wireless, IoT and cameras can help provide a safe user experience. Adopting smart building technology, including wireless, PoE and IoT sensors connected to lights, shades and HVAC systems, is also a vital part of the equation.
  • How do we stay safe working remotely? Cisco Secure Remote Worker, which comprises Cloud Security, Zero Trust Access, DUO multi-factor authentication and Umbrella Secure Web Gateway with AnyConnect, are essential components to this challenge.
Cisco had recently announced several collaboration innovations at its Webex One event, such as Webex Desk, Desk Pro, Desk Hub and Desk Camera, along with new software features like Webex for Government, or Legislators and transcription. All these collaboration solutions were on display at Cisco Live and tied into many of the solution outcomes and user experience stories powered by Webex.
 
Get ready for an unprecedented network traffic explosion
Since the start of the pandemic, web traffic spiked as much as 45% in many regions worldwide. But that’s just a taste of what’s coming—Cisco predicts there will be more than 29.3 billion connected devices across the globe by 2032, driving a massive internet traffic explosion.
 
Cisco has spent more than five years researching and investing in its Routed Optical Networking (RON) infrastructure to help connect more people, places and things than ever before, said Jonathan Davidson, senior VP and GM of Cisco’s Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group. The RON infrastructure will be powered by Cisco’s family of programmable Silicon One semiconductors used to build modular and fixed routers and switches. Cisco also announced a new family of 8000 series routers designed for access, aggregation, edge and core networks powered by its Q200 Silicon One chips, which will work in tandem with Cisco’s new Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway.
 
Here are some additional highlights from Cisco Live 2021:
 
Enterprise networking. For SD-WAN and routing, Cisco released the latest SD-WAN 17.5, featuring cloud connectivity partnerships and integrated solutions with Google, Megaport and AWS. The company also announced the new Cisco Catalyst 8200L and the new vManage-enabled Cisco ASR 1006-X router. 
 
Cisco also made new enhancements to the Catalyst 9000 portfolio, including the ThousandEyes integration and the new Catalyst 9300X switch.
 
For wireless, the company announced the new Catalyst 9124 outdoor Wi-Fi 6 access point, a dual-radio (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) AP that supports up to 200 devices per radio and comes with BLE, Zigbee and Thread for IoT deployments. The 9124 is the first outdoor Wi-Fi 6 AP with 802.11ax rate mesh deployment and features rich real-time analytics for cross-industry use cases.

Cloud and compute. The 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor will soon be available in Cisco Plus (Cisco’s new as-a-service offering), Infrastructure as Code for Compute (an all-new Intersight Service for HashiCorp Terraform), Intersight Cloud Orchestrator (ICO), Cisco UCS rack servers with AMD and Cisco UCS M6 servers.


Data center networking (DCN). Announcements include Infrastructure as Code for DCN (showcasing Cisco’s continued innovations on infrastructure as code), the new Nexus 3550-T (the first programmable switch with Layer 3 capabilities), and the new Cisco Nexus X100 SmartNIC (the company’s latest high-density, ultra-low latency smart network interface card).


AppDynamics. Cisco announced ThousandEyes Internet and Cloud Intelligence in AppDynamics Dash Studio, which combines the network and internet performance metrics from ThousandEyes into AppDynamics Dash Studio. This new integration provides a common operating language for network, application and cloud teams to quickly isolate and resolve issues across the entire digital delivery ecosystem, enabling them to deliver world-class digital experiences for both customers and employees. 
 
AppDynamics and Cisco Security announced the Cisco Secure Application solution that simplifies the lifecycle of vulnerability fixes and security incidents by creating shared context across application and security teams, defending applications against a broad range of exploits.
 
For more information on these new products and announcements, contact our Ingram Micro Cisco Customer Success (CX) team: CiscoCX@ingrammicro.com.