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Cisco announced during its virtual ‘Future Cloud’ event that the company aims to advance its cloud strategy to help customers develop complete cloud strategies with confidence across five key areas: Continuity, Insights, Security, Connectivity and Operations to deliver seamless digital experiences in today’s hybrid cloud world.  

Cisco has invested multi-billion-dollars over the past six years to build cloud into every aspect of its business.

“User experience is key to success in a digital world,” said Todd Nightingale, SVP and GM, Enterprise Networking and Cloud, Cisco. “We are focused on empowering technology groups to securely deliver the best possible application experiences. Only Cisco can power the hybrid cloud solutions, observability, insights and automation necessary to be truly cloud smart.”

New hybrid cloud innovations announced include:

Cisco’s unified computing system (UCS): UCS is used in data centers by more than 50,000 customers worldwide. Fully integrated with Cisco Intersight, UCS X-Series is a first-of-its kind system designed for hybrid operations from the cloud and across the clouds. Blending the best of rack and blade systems and featuring revolutionary UCS X-Fabric technology, it’s built for workload versatility today and comes future-ready for the next decade of industry innovation in processors, accelerators and computing interconnects.

Intersight cloud orchestrator: Provides a low-code, easy-to-use automation framework that simplifies complex workflows, so IT Ops can easily orchestrate infrastructure and workloads and accelerate delivery of services.

Intersight workload engine: A powerful platform for modern, cloud native workloads. Built on an open-source Kubernetes and Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) foundation using container-native virtualization, Intersight Workload Engine is a Cisco operating system for HyperFlex™ featuring consistent SaaS management.

Cisco service mesh manager: A new extension to the Intersight Kubernetes Service, bringing deep observability and simplified management with policy-based security and intuitive visualization of services topologies across K8s clusters on-prem and in the cloud.

Cisco cloud ACI: Available on AWS, Azure, and now on Google Cloud, The Cloud ACI is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of managing hybrid and multicloud deployments.

To provide customers with valuable insights on network health and application performance by monitoring across campus, branch, data centers and every point of the WAN network between the user and applications Cisco integrates ThousandEyes Internet and Cloud Intelligence with the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Series for SD-WAN and Cisco Nexus 9000 switches for data centers.

Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator acts a single pane of glass for configuring and managing common policies across multiple on-prem ACI sites, AWS and Microsoft Azure regions and, announcing today, coming this fall to Google Cloud.

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