December 18, 2017
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Cisco Announces Digital Network Architecture Platform for Faster Digital Transformation

On their recent Partner Summit 2016, Cisco announced their new software-driven framework, Digital Network Architecture (DNA), as an initiative towards accelerating digital transformation for consumers.
The network architecture is made to make IT innovation and integration simplified till date. Digitization is opening opportunities for every business and can potentially be a $2.1 trillion in global market by 2019. With enterprises jumping to digitization, and the growing evolution of networking, connectivity simply is not enough anymore unless it is properly adapted and useable by everyone. The Digital Network Architecture is such a tool that is going to enable the next level of collaboration for businesses and developers by bringing together critical elements of network integration.

Digital Network Architecture

Digital Network Architecture is an open,extensible and software driven architecture meant for business intending to go digital. DNA works alongside Cisco’s market leading, data center based Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology by extending the policy driven approach and software strategy. Cisco DNA is included within the Cisco ONE™ Software group, enabling easy software-based licensing, investment protection and flexibility. Digitization has a lot of elements added to it that businesses must adapt to such as mobility, analytics, cloud services and digital security. The goal is to reach maximum business potential with the most efficient speed in every aspect. Cisco DNA is aimed to make these processes easier and accessible to all through their five principles.

The first is to virtualize every aspect of the business to enable the maximum freedom and flexibility for work. That means, any service can be run from any device from anywhere without any hassle. Secondly, the Cisco DNA promises to automate mundane management tasks to ensure that day to day network operations are consistent and easy to maintain. With automation, there is always room for human error and inconsistency that slows down progress. The next principle is to enable network analytics for everyone to assess and utilize. Data is key for improvement in today’s world and with the Digital Network Architecture, can provide great insights and information that can otherwise be overlooked. Next is the addition of cloud services to unite and speed up business operations starting from policies, security to document management. Lastly, they made the DNA open and extensible, giving room for great innovation and development. The framework can integrate with 3rd party programs and the API can be used by developers for new possibilities. Overall, the DNA can potentially make the lives to businesses much more advanced and digital.

If businesses can take advantage of all these benefits, there is a huge opportunity to grow. Let’s consider the financial protection for instance, due to the fact that it comes with plug and play cloud services and automation. The network architecture also offers reduced risk because of its simplified licence policy and provide an open ecosystem for third party collaboration. The DNA is designed to deliver an enhanced and simplified user experience and offers training if required too. Digitization open countless possibilities for businesses to grab and the Digital Network Architecture can make that process much faster.

However, some partners fear that the transformation might end up taking much longer than Cisco anticipates. Pelz-Sharpe, vice president and managing director of Digital Clarity Group, noted that, in the end, it will be customers who dictate the shift, not service providers. “I think it is going to take ten to twenty years to happen,” he said, “We are all talking about digital transformation, but the fact is everybody is in a different place, and the truth is most people are not anywhere close.”

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