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Why digital transformation and intent-based networks go hand-in-hand

Your customers need a network that constantly learns, protects and adapts to change

October 08, 2019

Why digital transformation and intent-based networks go hand-in-hand
The business world is moving faster than ever and technology is playing an increasingly important role in digital transformation by optimizing productivity, protecting data, reducing errors and creating a competitive advantage. But investing in new networking, security, data center and collaboration hardware and software can be cost prohibitive—not to mention highly complex. Many of your customers have the added challenges of limited IT resources and tight budgets.
Cisco and Ingram Micro are here to help you simplify your customers’ challenges with Cisco’s enterprise-grade technologies.
Enterprise-grade performance at affordable opex pricing
Among SMB and midmarket businesses, it was common for companies to avoid big capex investments by either purchasing consumer-grade IT equipment (at about 10% of the cost of enterprise-grade hardware) or using equipment three to seven years past its support expiration date.
By migrating to a Cisco offering, your customers don’t have to choose between “the IT they need” and “the IT they can afford.” They now get a manageable monthly subscription that scales (or contracts) as their business needs evolve. And, since it’s cloud-based, it’s always up to date—there’s no version control or patch management issues to ever worry about.
3 reasons your customers need an intent-based network
Cisco SDA (software-defined access), which is built on the intent-based network, enables your customers to meet today’s network demands—whether it’s the need for faster innovation or the ability to adopt useful technologies in a simplified way.
The new network is:
  1. Constantly learning—it supports 100x more devices, apps and users than a traditional network.
  2. Constantly protecting—it sees and predicts issues and threats, and responds quickly.
  3. Constantly adapting—it responds instantly to business demands with limited staff and budget. 
2 foundational Cisco enterprise networking products: Meraki and Catalyst 9000
Cisco Meraki and Catalyst networking product families of wired and wireless LANs (local area networks), routers and appliances simplify provisioning, optimization, content filtering, firmware updates, redundancy and monitoring. Each Cisco networking device can be shipped to the end user, plugged in and provisioned automatically in a matter of minutes.
With Meraki’s integrated Layer 7 client fingerprinting technology, all devices connecting to the network are automatically classified (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Android) and can be controlled via a user- and device-aware firewall, including restricting internet and network access and regulating bandwidth usage.
Our new Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series switches are the next generation of enterprise LAN access, aggregation and core switches. They form the foundational building blocks for Cisco DNA and for a new era of intent-based networking.
The entire Meraki lineup of switches, access points, cameras and firewalls can be managed centrally in the cloud from the same user interface. Additionally, Catalyst 9000 Series switches have a new feature where they can be managed from an internet browser-based GUI rather than using text-based commands. Each product family comes in a variety of models, ensuring buyers get the perfect fit for their business, whether they’re a small branch office, a large campus or somewhere in between.
Join the Ingram Micro Meraki team on Tuesday, October 15 at 1 p.m. ET for a one-hour beginner’s journey on everything Meraki. Learn how Meraki cloud-managed solutions can help bring your customers’ networks into the future. Register for “Cisco Meraki 101” today.