The latest Forrester Wave™ for Infrastructure Automation Platforms names Cisco as a leader. This is a first for Cisco and I couldn’t be more pleased. Forrester states that Cisco’s solution offers rich infrastructure automation capabilities, particularly for our own hardware, and that we are stronger than most competitors at model creation and editing and application awareness. This recognition is significant for Cisco and Cisco customers, and here’s why:

We are evolving out of a period where every technology platform is a monolith, special and purpose-built for one function. In the past, the term platform would refer to a static technology that would require a fair amount of specialized knowledge to manage and maintain.

Fast-forward, and platforms have evolved from being “just a shell” for running software, to the foundation of IT operations. From infrastructure and compute to networking and security, platforms enable IT and application strategies across multicloud environments. Platforms provide light-weight toolsets and capabilities to integrate multiple users and vendors while providing seamless user experiences as a staple feature, not an afterthought.

IT platforms are changing and will shape the future around how we consume digital experiences. In an always-on digital world in which applications, data, users, and IT teams are distributed, only truly connected IT and Ops teams can accelerate digital transformation to securely connect all users and deliver connected experiences at scale.

At Cisco, providing Connected Experiences is our goal. Our strategy is to connect, secure and automate everything for our customers, equipping them with open platforms so that they can navigate the present and rapidly adapt during the unexpected.

We are delighted to be named as a leader in the in the latest Forrester Wave™ for Infrastructure Automation Platforms report. We believe it’s recognition of Cisco’s multi-year focus on helping customers transition. Beyond our history in networking, Cisco’s portfolio spans physical and virtual compute infrastructure and application lifecycle management to power full-stack telemetry and analytics that offer end-to-end visibility and actionable insights for our customers.

Our commitment is to bring compliance, scale, cost-optimization, and security, while reducing complexity for IT operations. Stay tuned as we expand on our vision for the entire portfolio and integrate more capabilities into the open IT platforms of the future.

Download The Forrester Wave™: Infrastructure Automation Platforms, Q32020 report.

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Ish Limkakeng


Cloud Networking