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Cisco delivers on cloud services promise

Yesterday at Cisco Live in San Diego the vendor announced several new service provider security solutions, keeping the promise it made at Cisco Partner Summit 2015 when it rolled out version 2.0 of its Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP).

At that time, Steve Benvenuto, vice president, worldwide partners and alliances at Cisco, said that the enhanced CMSP offered partners three new cloud and Cisco Intercloud-related opportunities – one of which was a new set of opportunities for resellers as more Cisco Powered cloud services are offered to enable hybrid IT.

The vendor’s new service provider security solutions include Cisco Firepower 9300 Integrated Security Platform; expanded Advanced Orchestration and Cloud Capabilities; and, advanced features such as secure containers to accommodate future security services and applications, according to the announcement.

The announcement details include:

• Cisco Firepower 9300 Integrated Security Platform was designed and built for service providers and is carrier-grade, high-performance and scalable.

• The expanded Advanced Orchestration and Cloud Capabilities enable integration between the new security solutions and third-party software- defined networking/network functions virtualization (SDN/NFV) solutions, as well as Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance Virtual (ASAv) with Cisco’s Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) and Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Additionally, the orchestration and cloud capabilities include open APIs for integration with orchestration, Operation Support Systems/Business Support Systems, and Cloud Security as a Service solutions.

• In addition to the advanced features, Cisco ASA firewall and third-party DDoS migration from Radware are now supported. Expect to see additional capabilities in the second half of 2015.

Cisco’s security announcement for service providers highlighted the vendor’s continued push to expand opportunities with the emerging Internet of Everything (IoE).

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