Cisco has announced its launch of Cisco Plus, what it calls a Network-as-a-Service offering to deliver simplified IT and flexible procurement for customers looking for speed, agility and scale.
In a press release, Cisco said it is transforming how the company brings its hardware, software and services to market with new buying and operating experiences designed to make the procurement process simpler. The solution includes the company’s networking, security, compute, storage, applications and observability solutions in an as-a-service, subscription offering.
According to Cisco, Network-as-a-Service is a cloud model that enables customers to easily maintain and operate the outcomes they expect to get from the network without having to own, build and maintain their own infrastructure.
“As IT teams strive to provide consistent, secure access to their growing remote and mobile workforce with less complexity, they want the benefits of NaaS models,” the company said. “They need a simple and reliable approach to protect and connect people across the hybrid workplace.”
The company says the new solution will provide:
- Seamless and secure onramps to applications and cloud providers
- Flexible delivery models, including pay-per-use or pay-as-you-grow options
- End-to-end visibility from the client to the application to the ISP
- Unified policy engine to ensure the right users have access
- Security across everything, not bolted on as another point solution
- Real-time analytics providing AI/ML-driven insights for cost and performance tracking
- API extensibility across the technology stack
According to Cisco, the offering will first focus on a cloud-based as-a-service solution for secure access service edge (SASE). The Cisco SASE offer currently available enables customers to leverage future services with investment protection, the company says.
Cisco is planning limited release NaaS solutions later this year to unify networking, security and visibility services across WAN and cloud domains, the company says.
The Cisco Plus Hybrid solution-as-a-service will be available in the middle of this year and include the company’s entire data center computer, networking and storage portfolio along with third-party storage and software. It features a flexible consumption model and a full lifecycle suite of services through Cisco Customer Experience and with partners, according to the company.
Later this year, the company will introduce the Cisco Plus Experience, a self-service engagement portal built on the Cisco CX Cloud that allows customers and partners to learn about, consume and track usage of Cisco’s as-a-service solutions.
The Cisco Plus offering will leverage the company’s existing partner ecosystem, delivering more than 2,300 service offers together.
To learn more about the program, visit the company’s website.