Cisco explains Digital Network Architecture approach

Cisco network technolgy for CIOsCisco announced new technologies — Digital Network Architecture (DNA) — allowing enterprise customers to virtualize and secure their networks.

Cisco said network virtualization and integrated security are the main elements of Digital Network Architecture (DNA).

Cisco is adding a hardware platform and virtual network services to extend virtualization to branch locations, as well as a new solution that allows customers to virtualize their network perimeter and extend it to colocation centers.

Cisco will deliver software-defined segmentation across the entire network — from the network to the endpoint to the cloud — with complete application visibility.

Organizations are expected to triple the adoption of modern, automated networks over the next two years, according to a newly released IDC study.

Investment in Cisco DNA enables organizations to extend network services, like routing or security, to a set of platforms across branch, campus, colocation centers and the public cloud. By decoupling hardware from software, Cisco DNA allows for greater speed and flexibility.

Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5400 Series) will assist enterprise customers to accelerate their Enterprise NFV deployments. ENCS allows customers to extend routing, security, WAN optimization and other network services to their branch environments.

The new Cisco Secure Agile Exchange solution virtualizes the network perimeter and extends it to colocation centers. This allows organizations to dynamically connect customers, employees and partners using on-demand, virtualized network services.

Cisco DNA allows CIOs to detect cybersecurity threats and then automatically take action to stop them.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) provides visibility and control of users and devices on the network. ISE 2.2 offers much deeper visibility into applications on endpoints, including detection of anomalous behavior.

Cisco TrustSec provides software-defined segmentation to isolate attacks and restrict movement of threats in the network. This dynamic segmentation makes security policy changes 98 percent faster than traditional methods, with an 80 percent reduction in operational efforts.

IDC said 45 percent organizations expect to achieve digital-ready network capabilities – representing three times the current adoption rates over the next two years.

Companies that have invested in modern network capabilities are experiencing 2-3 times the rate of growth in revenue, customer retention and profit. They have deployed twice as many digital transformation initiatives compared to companies with legacy networks.