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Cisco releases new network automation software portfolio

Cisco releases new network automation software portfolio

Aims to help global service providers, such as Telstra, run large-scale networks

Cisco has introduced its new Crosswork Network Automation software portfolio in a bid to improve how global service providers run large-scale networks.

The new portfolio extends capabilities of the Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), providing a comprehensive closed-loop multi-vendor, multi-domain automation solution, with service orchestration and automation applications that support third-party solutions with open APIs.

It aims to help service providers, such as Telstra, automate their networks and explore how to extract and manage huge amounts of data to help their networks react to common events and impending security threats. 

The vendor said the new offering also provides service providers with a single point of integration with zero-touch telemetry and machine learning intuition. It is also backed by Cisco Services to assist customers with planning, customisation and implementation.

“We are committed to delivering superior quality networked experiences to our customers,” Telstra's director of network transport and routing engineering, David Robertson, said.

“We are equally focused on anticipating the challenges and opportunities that affect our business goals. Our work with Cisco to reinvent our network operations through orchestration, automation and advanced data models offers us valuable insight for mass data collection, applying analytics and machine learning, and taking decisive action through automation.”

The portfolio includes: Crosswork Change Automation, which is an application that enables large scale change and closed loop control; Crosswork Health Insights that offers smart sensors, alerts and remediation to optimise and monitor networks; and Crosswork Data Platform that features both OpenSource and commercial-class data analytics.

It also includes Crosswork Network Insights, which is a cloud-based analytics solution for solving large routing issues and Crosswork Situation Manager -- a machine learning-based event correlation featuring social tools such as chat functions to solve repair issues.

“Our primary goal for network automation is to help our customers turn growing pains into growing profit, and streamline operations so they can spend less time on tactical ‘firefighting’ and more time on identifying and trialing new revenue streams,” Cisco senior vice president and general manager of service provider networking, Jonathan Davidson, said.

Recently, Cisco unveiled three new cloud-based endpoint solutions designed to improve protection levels of businesses across Australia and New Zealand, delivered through managed security service providers (MSSP).

Under the banner of Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager, the offerings aim to target advanced malware and threats in organisations outsourcing security expertise.


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