Cisco Unveils Unique As-a-Service Solution

Cisco Plus will offer networking, security, compute, storage and applications

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Cisco Unveils Unique As-a-Service Solution

Cisco has announced Cisco Plus, the company’s unique as-a-service strategy to help customers connect, secure and automate to accelerate their digital agility in a cloud-first world.

Cisco Plus will offer best-in-class networking, security, compute, storage, applications and observability solutions as-a-service with unified subscriptions that are easy to consume, simple to use and deliver an unparalleled experience.

Todd Nightingale, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Networking and Cloud, Cisco, said: “I believe every organisation would benefit from simplifying powerful technology.

“Network-as-a-service is a great option for businesses wanting to shift to a cloud operating model without a heavy lift. Cisco is leading the industry in its approach with Cisco Plus. Together with our partners, we intend to offer the majority of our technology portfolio in the simplest, most flexible way: cloud-driven, cloud-delivered, cloud-managed and as-a-service.”

Buying and operations experiences from Cisco Plus provide simpler consumption and use of the Cisco portfolio.

Driving to Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)

Network-as-a-Service is a cloud model which enables customers to easily operate and maintain the outcomes they expect to get from the network, without owning, building and maintaining their own infrastructure. As IT teams strive to provide consistent, secure access to their growing remote and mobile workforce with less complexity, they want the benefits of NaaS models. They need a simple and reliable approach to protect and connect people across the hybrid workplace.

Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud

Cisco’s Plus Hybrid Cloud solution as-a-service includes Cisco’s entire data centre compute, networking and storage portfolio in addition to third-party storage and software, bridging on-premise, edge and public cloud.

It features a flexible consumption model and a full lifecycle suite of services through Cisco Customer Experience (CX) and with partners. Customers can choose the level of services they desire for planning, design and install. Matching a wide range of customer needs, Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud offers extremely flexible payment options, with order delivery within 14 days. Initial as-a-service offers will be available as a limited release in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, UK and the U.S.

Cisco Plus Experience Built on CX Cloud

Later this year, as-a-service customers will be able to engage quickly and easily with Cisco via the Cisco Plus Experience, a self-service engagement portal built on Cisco CX Cloud that allows customers and partners to learn about, consume and track usage of Cisco’s as-a-service portfolio. The intuitive interface will include a marketplace where customers can choose from a broad catalogue of Cisco and partner services.

Continuation of Partner-First Model

Cisco Plus will leverage the existing partner ecosystem to help more customers get access to the outcomes they need. Cisco and its partners bring over 20 years of experience, delivering over 2,300 service offers together. Cisco Gold Provider program partners will play a key role in delivering Cisco Plus offers, accelerating their as-a-service practices.

Other Cisco partners can also benefit from selling and supporting more complete Cisco experiences.


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