We all know, as a Service Providers you have to operate much faster. You have to adopt much faster and to respond much faster to consumers like us. The good news is, we see many examples of how this can be done. Network operations is picking up speed fast. And as technology matures the momentum is picking up speed even faster. This is the proof of Service Providers’ digital transformation. The key for moving faster is AUTOMATION. A network business is complex; therefore, automation has to take place in many areas of the network architecture. Remember, Automation is only as fast as the slowest link.

So, how can You do it?

At Cisco Live, some of our customers will join us and share their success stories. Solutions enabled by a high degree of network automation. Even better, they will explain to you how they did it. At the Cisco campus, Verizon will show their SD-WAN solution, which they just announced. Our SolutionPlus partner Netrounds will present our recently announced joint solution for Orchestrated Assurance. In addition, we will present several other automation solutions across the entire network architecture. For example, if you need to automate virtual networks you can explore the full NFV-MANO software stack based on Network Service Orchestrator Cisco NSO. See how simple it can be to operate the complete NFV infrastructure. Data centers are highly automated already and you can do even better with the Virtual Topology System VTS, which automates the deployment of simultaneous overlay networks. But it does not stop there. Planning across multiple layers in the network is a very complex process. The multi-layer optimization solution makes this a lot easier and enabling resilience and predictive optimization at an operational level. While you are there, take a look at Operations Transformation, and how we will take automation to the next level by transforming how networks are operated in the future.

Remember, all automation tools depend on the smarts of the infrastructure they can talk to. Working hand in hand with the infrastructure, you can see demonstrations on model driven programmability, which is changing the way you talk to your network. Use segment routing to regain control over your network in a simple and scalable way. Apply model driven telemetry to get real-time visibility into your network. Don’t forget to check out our operating software, automating day-zero tasks and bringing up your network devices in a fast and reliable way.

And wait, there is more. Actually, do not wait, keep going!

Automating the complete vertical stack makes fully automated solutions possible, like SD-WAN, security, video and mobile solutions. Now the network automatically executes requests from consumers and machines / software.

There is a lot to see, which will make visiting the Service Provider area in the Cisco campus an exciting experience.

Sometime all these new tools can be overwhelming and you may wonder how to get your arms around it. We have a solution for that as well. As you begin to transform your networks and to embrace virtualization and automation, network operations teams need to adopt a high degree of automation & DevOps practices. This includes adopting new tools that enhance agility, implementation of agile operational and organizational models and procedures. In some cases it may require adopting a new culture. Cisco Services partners with our customers to help them achieve their agile, secure, and transformational objectives by driving rapid adoption of Automation.

We will also featuring our automation solutions in several speaking sessions during the event including, which will also streamed live for remote viewing, so search for “Automation” and make sure to catch these session, like those below and many more:

  • An SD-WAN Success Story: Cisco + Verizon: Session ID: SOLSPM-2001, Monday, Jun 26, 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., World of Solutions, Solutions Theater, Cisco Booth # 4223
  • The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Services a Reality in Dynamic Networks with Cisco NSO, Session ID: PSOSPG-2940 – Tuesday, Jun 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Level 2, Mandalay Bay K
  • Cisco Orchestrated Assurance Powered by Netrounds, Session ID: SOLSPG-1000 – Wednesday, Jun 28, 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., World of Solutions, Solutions Theater, Cisco Booth # 4223
  • Cisco and Intel: Innovative Delivery of High-Performance VNFs on Cisco NFV Infrastructure, Session ID: PSOSPG-1000: Thursday, Jun 29, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Level 2, Lagoon CD

Stop by the Cisco Campus and discuss your challenges with the experts. I am sure together we will find a solution for your challenge.

See you in Vegas!


Volker Tegtmeyer

Senior Manager, Product and Solution Marketing

SP Cloud Virtualization