Modern enterprise organizations rely on a diverse and flexible cloud approach, incorporating both public and private solutions, to accomplish their mission.

In fact, 40% of enterprise CxOs say they’re embracing a cloud-first strategy. Doing so, they realize benefits like enhanced agility, efficiency, and scalability.

However, the combination of increased traffic from SaaS providers, on-premises applications, and public clouds like AWS or Microsoft Azure is placing a tremendous strain on enterprise networks in terms of operations, security, performance, and cost.

And oftentimes, it’s creating a negative impact on the business, as the user experience is frequently impacted when a multicloud strategy is supported by legacy networks.

Introducing Cisco Performance IT

To address multicloud challenges, we started working with customers to build a model for network transformation. Our goal was to make it financially feasible to deliver networks that provide high performance and superior user experiences. All while being operated more efficiently, and at lower costs. We call this model Cisco Performance IT.

It’s a framework that helps clearly illuminate the benefits of evolving networks to match multicloud realities. Ultimately, it shows you how transforming your network represents significant financial and operational benefits.

Cisco Performance IT helps you chart a long-term course for your network and your business—and shows how the right investments can pay for themselves.

Why transformation is critical

Many enterprise networks are built on legacy technology that’s not ready for the demands of multicloud. Today’s world is dynamic, and infrastructure built on manual processes and static configurations can’t keep up.

Take a look at these network challenges created by the multicloud shift, based on our real-world projects:

  • Connecting to SaaS provider isn’t as simple as it seems. West Coast SaaS traffic routed to a U.S. East Coast legacy data center where security is hosted—creating a massive performance bottleneck that slows application performance and impacts the user experience.
  • Dedicated circuits slowing deployment. Access to public/private connectivity requires dedicated circuits for connection to the cloud provider. This often results in provisioning times exceeding 60 days, delaying the ability to deploy new revenue services for the business.
  • High costs. Increasing demand for access to SaaS solutions requires dedicated links that come with expensive, multi-year commitments. Our enterprise customers are seeing circuit costs increase year-over-year as a result of SaaS connectivity growth.
  • Overwhelming complexity. When every new cloud provider requires manual configurations of rules and policies, the operational workload skyrockets. Combined with flat or declining operational budgets, this creates delays as workloads increase.

Overcome the budget challenges of network transformation

Given the issues caused by aging networks supporting multicloud strategies, it’s obvious that significant network overhauls are necessary. But transforming networks in the traditional way is manual, costly, time-consuming, and difficult.

The capital outlay required for network transformation is a barrier for many organizations. They see the need, and even know the technologies they would require to make everything work—but they can’t build the financial case to justify it.

However, early adopters of the Cisco Performance IT approach are seeing incredible results: such as self-funded network transformation, the ability to deliver new services in much shorter timeframes, and sustainably reduced operational costs with simplified and comprehensive security.

While navigating transformation in the multicloud era is difficult, Cisco Performance IT can help you find the most cost-effective and savvy path forward.

Read more:  Why multicloud means it’s time to invest in network transformation.


To learn more about the approach, visit the Cisco Performance IT homepage.



Ian Rutherford

Vice President

Cisco Performance IT