Cisco communicates with the “new normality”Max Wolf | 20.06.2020
Cisco has announced advanced technologies for the “new normality” – that is, those life principles, which we have to live after the pandemic. Announcements were made in
annual conference Cisco Live. In 2020, the event attracted 124 thousands of participants – three times more than the year before.
Major news included the renewal of the architecture of the SD-WAN networks “based on intent” (IBN, Intent Based Networks), network technologies, user-defined (User Defined Networks) and
platform for collaboration Webex.
All changes are directly connected with the new realities faced by customers, primarily large corporations. Their corporate network, with the introduction of remote work radically
transformed in a matter of days, and after the abolition of isolation and the introduction of rules of distancing in office – continues to mutate at an incredible rate. Including at the expense of strict
regulations governing the stay in the premises and disinfect them, and also because of the connection to a variety of new classes of IoT devices. The impact of those habits which
developed from the users during the work in the home office, which moved to the offices of conventional. One of them is preserved priority of online communication before meeting face-to-face, remaining even
return old office building.
Following the trends and demands, Cisco offers new automation features to improve user experience and simplify IT services. For the latest on the first place is always
security. It increased, by integrating the architecture of Cisco SD-WAN with Cisco cloud services Umbrella, which includes the functions of a secure web gateway SWG, protection level DNS firewall and broker
secure cloud access CASB. This helped to protect companies against all major web attacks related to the SaaS service and Internet access.
Security can monitor as network administrators and artificial intelligence, and the users themselves. They are the User Defined Network, gave the opportunity to safely
connect your gadgets and decide which devices can connect to their personal network space.
Since July, Cisco will expand the analytical possibilities of the DNA Center, giving the AI the power to collect data not previously monitored devices, classify them, in accordance with the practices and
regulations to give access to the right parts of the network. With this AI, used in DNA Center when analyzing the potential danger of network devices will be based not only on information about themselves
devices, but also on the traffic they generate, and the changes that brings to their work. Including in the activities of the operating systems.
Also since July, Cisco will join the DNA Toolbox function Spaces actual and retrospective analysis is designed to monitor the jobs in order to comply with the recommendations on social
the distancing. Customers will be able to control the density of visitors in the premises for the planning of effective operation and compliance with sanitary safety.
In addition, Cisco DNA Spaces July for the first time will offer IoT – as-a-service indoor (Indoor IoT-as-a-Service) based access points Wi-Fi 6. This should help companies quickly, economically
deploy and scale IoT apps. And maintenance of Cisco DNA Spaces now fall and beyond before the Bluetooth device (BLE).
Returning the network architecture to the platform of corporate communications Webex, we can note a few key points.
First, Cisco was able to cope with hugely increased volumes of traffic, jumped during a pandemic. The company behind last spring significantly increased the capabilities of the infrastructure that supports
users of Webex. It was not a trivial task, given that before the pandemic Webex was considered the largest platform of corporate communications, despite the fact that in January 2020 remote access
actively used not more than 20% of employees. And in April this figure rose to 90%, traffic increased 3.5 times, while alone video conferencing via Webex users
spent 25 billion minutes.
Traffic raised including doctors, including because Webex quickly integrated with Epic American medical information platform where data is stored 250 million
patients. Established data-sharing Webex and Epic allows users Webex Teams to conduct a video session with the patient to review medical history and make necessary entries in the medical
documentation. While patients do not need to download any application to get help, simply register using the browser in a secure session.
The demand for Webex from the physicians, including the services of telemedicine, including due to high security standards. Which came from corporate communications and polished on
a long period of time – the platform Cisco Collaboration today is trusted by 95% of companies in the Fortune 500. Despite the fact that before the security standards of corporate communications
Webex was high in Cisco called the measures taken for its increase is unprecedented. Developers using the built-in security mechanisms, expanded policies to prevent loss and
data safety and storage of legally significant documents in Webex Meetings. It provides a new level of protection for all content, remote meetings: records
transcriptions, planned activities and main decisions. In addition, expanded options for end-to-end encryption, including AES 256 GCM mode, which provides even greater
the safety Advisory data and prevents unauthorized intervention.
According to a survey conducted by analysts from Cisco, the company today concerned two main issues: how to efficiently support remote staff and how to ensure safer
consultative environment in the office. Answering them, the developers offered the updated Toolkit Cisco Webex Control Hub with intelligent Analytics. It allows you with a single dashboard to manage all
workloads, regardless of where employees are — at home or in the office.
Users of Webex, which are also not forgotten, designed the Webex Assistant and allowing voice control of various processes, as well as to create structured transcripts of meetings
decoding the text messaging participants. Russian language, however, not yet supported assistant this year, is not likely to be available, but plans for the more distant
future, he, nevertheless, judging by statements of top managers of the Russian office of Cisco, enabled.
In Russia, the popularity of Webex in 2020 is not increased by 3.5 times as the world in General and the several orders of magnitude. But, as explained by Maxim Repin, head of the Russian division of Cisco
promotion of technologies to work together on this explosive growth of the product is affected primarily low base. And the fact that the company offered corporate customers free of charge
he borrowed a decision within 90 days. In the organization of conferences of potential customers to restrict almost did not, which made communication platform available
for any, even the largest organizations.
As explained to IT News Maxim Repin, the number of projects for testing (more on free use full-fledged, in fact, the version of Webex), initiated in recent months has exceeded 700. In
mid-summer those 90 days will end, and companies will have to decide whether to switch to the paid version. And judging by the talks, many customers do not plan to abandon the test
platform Webex and replace the “probe” for a full commercial solution.
The main distinctive features of the Webex platform that allows you to compete with Zoom and all other applications, including the development of Russian Maxim Repin took the safety, functionality (including
availability in the platform tools corporate communications Tools, Webex) and the price of the product. Which, according to a top Manager, surprisingly competitive.
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