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Cisco Live sheds light on network observability, metaverse

Cisco Live returned to Las Vegas this month. Coming back to in-person events was refreshing, and seeing colleagues and friends remotely for the first time in a long time at this event was invaluable. I was joined by my fellow Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) analysts, Bob Laliberte and Rob Strechay, and we were able to divide and conquer many important topics shared by Cisco.

The event kicked off with Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins explaining how Cisco aims to reinvent applications, fuel hybrid working, secure the business, and transform infrastructure. Robbins’ message about reinventing apps means we need to rethink how we approach security and infrastructure — and how to deliver them in a way that drives an organization’s success.

The keynote then highlighted how Cisco simplifies and innovates modern, cloud-native observability with AppDynamics Cloud. Cloud-based platforms that provide a unified experience using the Cisco Meraki Dashboard, Cisco Nexus Cloud, and ThousandEyes WAN Insights are also in focus for the company.

Next, Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Massive-Scale Infrastructure Group, covered digitalization and Industry 4.0, and how IT and operational technologies enable products, processes, and models. business to add value to organizations. The goal is for Cisco and its customer organizations to deliver meaningful results when IT and operations teams work together.

Liz Centoni, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of Applications at Cisco, discussed how application performance, security, and trust will be at the center of immersive, virtualized, and augmented experiences.

Complete Network Visibility

Throughout the event, I noticed the term full stack observability has been used frequently, especially in the context of feeding the experience economy. Full-stack observability is a modern approach to network monitoring that tracks the performance of complex environments. It analyzes telemetry data collected from various sources, including apps, networks, and cloud services.

Cisco’s AppDynamics Cloud comes with vendor-proclaimed full-stack observability, providing visibility and actionable insights across the entire application stack, including end-user dependencies. Working with ThousandEyes and Intersight, Cisco hopes to deliver on this promise of full observability.

Continuing discussions on network innovation, the multi-cloud hybrid future was discussed by Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Security and Collaboration. His session focused on secure network as a service in public and private cloud environments.

The guiding principles Patel focused on were multi-cloud, cloud native, AI/machine learning, unified experience, and open yet extensible architectures. Cisco has also made it clear that the challenge of complexity must be addressed, as this burden can no longer be placed on IT users.

Explore the Metaverse

The session on the metaverse and beyond – and what makes it happen – was particularly interesting. A panel of Cisco leaders discussed the Metaverse and how it would be affected by changes in organizational landscapes.

One topic discussed looked at what metaverse companies are currently engaging or exploring. Virtual and augmented reality topped the list with 41% of responses. This was followed by decentralized storage, blockchain, digital twins, and cryptocurrency, to name a few. Unsurprisingly, some of the metaverse’s biggest challenges include cost, data privacy, security, and appropriate business usage.

Open source was also a key topic. Tim Szigeti, Cisco Director and Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, discussed the next evolution of Cisco’s service mesh and security. I met Szigeti at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022. He and Sanjeev Mervana, Cisco VP of Product Management, Emerging Technologies and Incubation, introduced me to a series of new Cisco offerings:

  • Calisti.app, a service mesh manager;
  • Telescope.app, a cloud-native app troubleshooter; and
  • Panoptica.app, a secure application cloud service.

This trifecta of tools provides a holistic view of application building, security, and DevOps environments. The suite enables optics throughout continuous integration and continuous deployment on the execution pipeline, while enabling fault isolation and detection. It’s available as a free tier, but Cisco also offers enterprise support.

Cisco demonstrated its commitment to the open source community with these offerings, along with the discussion focused on APIClarity, OpenClarity, and KubeClarity. This commitment leads Cisco to consider the future of AI, quantum computing, blockchain, low earth orbit networks, security and the metaverse.

Last but not least, I had a great conversation with Grace Francisco, VP of Developer Relations Strategy and Experience. We discussed DevNet, an important topic during Cisco Live. DevNet is a program to help developers write applications and integrate them with Cisco products and APIs.

To wrap up the event, Cisco Live is always a packed conference with a lot to cover in a short time. For more information, check out TechTarget’s full conference coverage.

ESG is a division of TechTarget.

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