by Gina Narcisi

Cisco Systems is taking a page out of its security book by introducing Cisco Networking Cloud, a platform approach to managing the entire on-premises and cloud-based networking environment, at Cisco Live 2023.

The tech giant last June unveiled Cisco Security Cloud, the company's security plan for the future that includes a unified, open-standards-based platform for securely connecting people, applications and devices located anywhere. Now San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco is doing the same thing on the networking front with Cisco Networking Cloud.

"Cisco owns the network," said Chris Konrad, area vice president of global cyber for St. Louis-based Cisco Gold partner World Wide Technology.

Customers are looking to consolidate and reduce technical debt by moving to a platform approach for their IT needs, he added. "For us, it's a big deal. It gives us an opportunity to go in and have a new conversation with [customers] about consolidation," Konrad said.

The company's vision for Cisco Networking Cloud is to make managing networks easier by converging its disparate offerings over time to create a unified network management platform that works on-premises and in the cloud, Rebecca Stone, senior vice president of customer solutions marketing and CMO of Cisco Meraki, told CRN.


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