Cisco Systems, known for its massive portfolio of networking products, is also known for complexity. It’s a legacy that the tech giant is planning to shake off with its strategic focus on unified experiences, executives and partners told CRN at Cisco Live 2022.
Cisco kicked off the event by announcing a breakthrough in network management: the powerful Cisco Catalyst portfolio can now be managed via the popular and simplistic cloud-based Meraki dashboard.
Kent MacDonald, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Cisco Gold Partner Long View Systems, said that Todd Nightingale, who joined Cisco with the Meraki acquisition in 2012 as executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s enterprise networking and cloud business, understands the reality of what networking professionals need today because of his background in cloud-first networking.
“[Nightingale] isn’t saying Meraki is the golden child, but they built something successful because customers got the power of cloud management,” MacDonald said.
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