Organizations today are increasingly adopting DevOps strategies to create a competitive advantage with software innovation and deployment. In fact, the 2016 State of DevOps Report, which included feedback from 25,000 technical professionals, found organizations that use DevOps outperformed their mainstream counterparts by more than 2x. One of the challenges of DevOps, agile development and digitization is the huge pressure it puts on IT departments to adopt and deliver faster results without compromising reliability and safety of the network infrastructure.
Digital Network Architecture—a new approach to networking
Cisco’s response to partners’ need for a new kind of network is DNA (Digital Network Architecture). Cisco DNA is not a product, and it’s not a solution. It’s a vision on how a network infrastructure is designed and implemented to fulfil the needs of modern, digitized environments. Cisco DNA represents an architecture for how network infrastructure can be designed in such a way that the network (as part of IT) can adopt faster to meet the requirements and pressure from the organization. Cisco DNA includes an automation platform and applications, an array of cloud-based management services, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure software.
Make intent-based networking a reality
The goal of Cisco DNA is to enable a strategy the company calls intent-based networking (IBN), which is where the network constantly learns, adapts and protects users. Within the intuitive network is a variety of components, including the DNA Center, which is the provisioning dashboard for managing branch networks and campuses. The plan also includes Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), a new capability that combines the power of policy-based networking, an intelligent network fabric and automation to make IBN a reality. SD-Access makes the network look like a large virtual switch to the users and devices connecting to it. Establishing a layer of virtualization for the end user and the network node is becoming increasingly necessary to manage the growth of people and devices getting on to the network. Virtualization allows for agility and flexibility in ways that previously were unavailable.
SD-Access also enables security and segmentation within the network, making it intuitive to segment your network of IoT (Internet of Things) devices, guest devices and user devices within a single, converged infrastructure. SD-Access combines wired and wireless networks within the intelligent network fabric and makes it easier to seamlessly roam anywhere in the network, while providing uninterrupted mobility services to the end user. It also enables IT teams to offer customized services to different lines of business.
DNA-ready infrastructure devices
Almost all modern Cisco firewalls, switches, routers and wireless controllers support DNA. An easy rule to remember is that if the device has the UADP (unified access data plane) ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit), it’s DNA-ready and supports SD-Access. Here are a few examples:
- Cisco 3650, 3850 and 9000 Series Catalyst switches (The 9000 series switches also include the new UADP 2.0 ASIC, which enables it to support encrypted traffic analytics.)
- 4000 Series integrated services routers (ISRs)
- 5520 Wireless LAN controllers (WLCs)
DNA sales incentives for Ingram Micro partners
Ingram Micro has several sales incentives available for Cisco DNA partners, including:
- Up to 70% off Mobility Express and Intelligent WAN (IWAN)
- Eligible on Aironet 1850 with Mobility Express, ISR 4000 with IWAN/Akamai and APIC-EM appliances
- Includes SeedIT, which provides best available promotional pricing on the latest Cisco technologies
- Up to 8% off Enterprise Networks Dynamic (END) offers
- Plus, create customized END bundled solutions by group and receive additional, tiered discounts.
- No approvals required, discounts applied automatically.
- This offer includes Meraki switches, access points and security appliances.