Cisco Seeks to Consolidate Cloud Management into One Place

Cisco Systems, Inc. is launching a new software licensing strategy aimed at consolidating enterprise cloud initiatives into a single solution set. The company is also extending the capabilities of its Meraki cloud line, acquired in 2012.

The new licensing strategy, Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, is an engineered software solution intended to deliver a hybrid-ready private cloud software solution. The solution set is intended to serve as an “out-of-box” product designed to accelerate the design and deployment existing and cloud-first applications across private and hybrid environments, Cisco said.

Cisco ONE is a modular set of products that provides tools to replace manual provisioning and de-provisioning, and ensure consistent delivery of application stacks. The solution is intended to binds hundreds of separately priced hardware-specific perpetual licenses into three hardware-independent software suites: Data Center, WAN and Access, which are available via enterprise, perpetual or subscription-based licenses. The three suites include core, security, networking and systems software and appliances, including Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure fabric. Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is intended to enable enterprises to adopt automation at a “comfortable pace,” the vendor also promised.

Cisco’s Meraki offering will be expanded into what it now brands as its Cloud Managed IT service, providing a cloud model for managing on-premises IT infrastructure, including routers, security appliances and switches, in addition to WLAN technology. The service is intended to provide centralized management of users, mobile devices, applications, VPNs and firewalls, as well as content filtering, location analytics, and intrusion prevention.

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