Cisco Unveils Adaptive, Evolving Network


Emma Okonji

Cisco has unveiled intent-based networking solutions that represent one of the most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking. The introduction is the culmination of Cisco’s vision to create an intuitive system that anticipates actions, stops security threats in their tracks, and continues to evolve and learn. It will help businesses to unlock new opportunities and solve previously unsolvable challenges in an era of increasing connectivity and distributed technology.

The new network is the result of years of research and development by Cisco to reinvent networking for an age where network engineers managing hundreds of devices today will be expected to manage 1 million by 2020.

Announcing the initiative, recently, the Chief Executive Officer for Cisco, Chuck Robbins, said: “The network has never been more critical to business success, but it’s also never been under more pressure. By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organisations everywhere.”

According to him, today companies are managing their networks through traditional IT processes that are not sustainable in this new age.

“Cisco’s approach creates an intuitive system that constantly learns, adapts, automates and protects, to optimise network operations and defend against today’s evolving threat landscape,” he said.
General Manager of Cisco Nigeria, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, said: “Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics solves a network security challenge previously thought to be unsolvable.

“ETA uses Cisco’s Talos cyber intelligence to detect known attack signatures even in encrypted traffic, helping to ensure security while maintaining privacy.”

“With the vast majority of the world’s internet traffic running on Cisco networks, the company has used its unique position to capture and analyse this immensely valuable data by providing IT with insights to spot anomalies and anticipate issues in real time, without compromising privacy,” Oloruntimehin said.

“By automating the edge of the network and embedding machine learning and analytics at a foundational level, Cisco is making the unmanageable manageable and allowing IT to focus on strategic business needs,” he added.