The innovation witnessed at Cisco Live 2023 stood out as a testament to the technological evolution the world is undergoing. As Jeff Sharritts, Cisco’s executive vice president put it,
“the caliber of innovation that we’re now launching is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 23 years here at the company.”
From the adoption of AI-driven security platforms to full-stack observability and data-center transformation, Cisco Live 2023 was a hotbed of groundbreaking announcements. The event, held in Las Vegas, primarily underscored the remarkable role of Cisco’s global partner ecosystem in driving innovation.
Cisco Live 2023: A Deeper Look into Cisco’s Innovative Spectrum
This year, Cisco didn’t just focus on product development but presented a holistic innovation strategy. As per Oliver Tuszik, Cisco’s SVP for global partner sales:
“We developed an end-to-end security strategy because that’s what partners and customers are looking for.”
The approach aimed at simplifying operations, increasing efficiency, and most importantly, responding to the needs of customers and partners.
‘Zero Trust and Zero Friction’: The New Mantra
Cisco’s AI-driven Cisco Security Cloud already stands as a testament to their innovation, but with the launch of Cisco Secure Access, they took a step further. This security service edge (SSE) solution is designed for the emerging hybrid work environment, ensuring seamless security and connectivity. Jeetu Patel, executive vice president, praised the platform, saying, “We make sure that it is done with Zero Trust and zero friction.”
Partnerships Paving the Way: Apple and Cisco
Cisco’s emphasis on partnerships shone brightly with the integration of Secure Access into Apple’s operating systems. Later this year, iPhone, iPad, and Mac will have native support for network relays. Susan Prescott, Apple’s VP of enterprise and education marketing, hailed this as an opportunity for enterprises to “do their best work from anywhere, on the best devices for business.”
The Advent of the Full Stack Observability Platform
At Cisco Live 2023, the launch of the new Full Stack Observability Platform, enriched by partner contributions, stood as a highlight. The platform, according to Liz Centoni, executive vice president, is “open, extensible, and API-driven”, designed for scalability, performance, and data streaming.
AT&T and Cisco: Mobility for the Hybrid Work Era
Collaborating with AT&T, Cisco announced breakthrough mobility solutions for the hybrid work era, featuring integrations of Cisco’s Webex Calling and SD-WAN with AT&T’s mobile network. Mike Troiano, AT&T’s senior vice president, stressed the shared vision to empower organizations with secure connectivity and unmatched reliability.
Cisco Live 2023: The Power of Partnerships
Cisco Live 2023 underlined the power of partnerships in driving the tech world forward. As Oliver Tuszik stressed, “Cisco cannot do it alone.” The event unveiled a slew of initiatives that are not only groundbreaking but have been shaped and honed by years of collaborations.
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