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Cisco Live EMEA ’19: What you need to know

by Stephanie Chan

Cisco Live Europe ’19: What you need to know

Everything you may have missed from the conference in Barcelona.

Cisco Live EMEA wrapped up this week in Barcelona, but not before partners, customers and attendees joined together to showcase the latest innovations in tech. Along with plenty of new announcements from Cisco, the company also unveiled its latest co-innovation center in Barcelona, a place where people can co-develop digital solutions. This center adds to the company’s global network of 12 Co-Innovation centers across the world. Customers and partners use these centers to accelerate business growth and social good in the area.

Below is an overview of all of the announcements that came out from Cisco Live EMEA. Read up for everything you need to know about the week:

Data anywhere

Cisco EVP and GM of Networking and Security David Goeckeler hit the stage in Barcelona to announce “Data Center Anywhere”, the idea that data centers are anywhere the business has data. Goeckeler announced three new product updates, including ACI Anywhere, HyperFlex Anywhere, and CloudCenter updates.

ACI Anywhere extends intent-based networking to any workload, location and cloud. Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is now also integrated with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds. HyperFlex Anywhere extends Cisco’s hyperconverged infrastructure HyperFlex into remote offices, helping businesses run analytics closer to where their data is. The CloudCenter management solution also has new enhancements, including a workload manager and cost optimizer that provides visibility across the public and private cloud.

Intent-based networking and IoT

Cisco also announced extending its intent-based networking (IBN) to the network edge. Cisco’s SVP and GM of IoT Liz Centoni says this is crucial because it turns the network into a “secret weapon” for IoT customers. This is accomplished in three ways: through using familiar tools like DNA Center to simplify deployment, by using a modular design that can be easily upgraded, and by enabling a multi-layered security approach.

DevNet drives change

SVP and CTO of DevNet Susie Wee also delivered a keynote about the accomplishments of Cisco’s developer network. Wee touted some impressive numbers.  She said that since the summer of 2018, DevNet has grown from 500,000 to 550,000 members, it has gained 108 new partners in the ecosystem, and has added eight independent software vendors to Cisco’s global price list. But the DevNet team is also forward-looking—Wee says DevNet can be used to drive innovation, business disruption, and cultural change.

For more information and to watch the entire DevNet keynote, check here.

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