Cisco Systems unveils ‘Cisco Plus’ to broaden its NaaS platform


American multinational technology conglomerate- Cisco Systems has announced the expansion of its network as-a-service (NaaS) offerings through the introduction of Cisco Plus, which will help extend flexible consumption models to its clients.

As per a statement by the company, this move comes after various enterprise technology companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Technologies have offered their subscription models. With time, hardware will be acquired more as-a-service despite certain companies will want to purchase it upfront.  

In addition to the above, Cisco Plus will provide as-a-service models for its networking and storage hardware. When used with Cisco’s widening software offerings, most of the products by the firm will be as-a-service.  

In the coming times, Cisco is moving towards becoming network-as-a-service, a cloud platform for its routers and switches integrated with its observability and compute platform.

Kip Compton, Senior Vice President, Operation and Strategy at Cisco, was reportedly quoted stating that Cisco Plus is a platform for its customers who are seeking to expand Cisco purchases for hybrid cloud implementation and data center.

Kip further mentioned that Cisco aims at offering all of its portfolio as a service. For example, Cisco will introduce a limited release of its advanced network-as-a-service in the second half of 2021 through a bundle that integrates security, networking, and visibility across WAN, access, and cloud. He also added that along with focusing on flexible consumption models, the new Cisco Plus will carry more visibility.

Reportedly, the NaaS technology by Cisco will allow customers to combine their clouds and applications, pay within an operating expense model and have unified policies, security, analytics, and visibility. Initially the novel offering by Cisco will focus on secure access service edge.

Sources suggest that the California-based networking company will gradually introduce the Cisco Plus technology. The first one being the Cisco Plus Hybrid Cloud which will be made available by mid-2021.

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