The digital transformation is happening right now and gaining steam. According to Cisco, the network is the foundation for the process. And the company is going to try and leverage its standing in the segment.

“The network has become the foundation of this digital transformation”. That’s what David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business, said on Wednesday morning at Cisco Live Las Vegas.

“As we look at the security architecture, the reality is you cannot build a world-class security architecture in the world today without leveraging the infrastructure and leveraging the network. And that is a really fun place to be for Cisco. Because our ability to bring all of these markets together and leverage the innovation that’s going on in the infrastructure is incredible.”

“This is really what DNA is all about: The Digital Network Architecture that’s going to enable this transition,” he said. DNA is Cisco’s solution for engineers, developers, partners, and customers to build and manage what Cisco calls “digital-ready networks”.

And, the good thing is, Cisco is adamant the tech will stay open. “Any modern technology stack, any modern security, any modern software architecture is based on the principle of open, allowing all of you to program on top of it,” he said.

The DNA of the network

Also, Cisco added new solutions to the DNA platform. They include Umbrella Branch, Stealthwatch Learning Network License, and Meraki MX Security Appliances with Advanced Malware Protection and Threat Grid.

And, they also follow Cisco’s vision of the network being at the foundation of the digital transformation. Todd Nightingale, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Meraki points to three pillars which rely on the solid foundation which the network sets: Automation; security; and insights and experiences.

“A network that really takes a ton of the possibility for human error out of the picture, because it really is an automated way of managing that infrastructure”, said Nightingale to ZDNet. “…the network has to be that security isn’t an afterthought. It has to be fully embedded. In fact, the network is the sensor and it has to be the enforcer for your infrastructure. And that’s why security has to be fundamental from the very beginning”, he added.

“And then the last one is this last concept of data. There’s a ton of data pouring in from these networks every day. And it really would be a shame to drop it on the floor. The data has this power to make us more intelligent. If we can harness the data into real analytics and real insights”. And again, the network would be the way to make it happen.

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