Cisco Live 2018: Vendor Opens Management Console to Partners
Posted by Force 3 | June 22, 2018
In this article for TechTarget, Force 3’s VP of Client Solutions Jason Parry weighs in on the new opportunities arising from Cisco DNA Center.
In Cisco’s latest nod to software, the company has opened its Cisco DNA Center to developers, including a number of IT services providers and consultancies.
At Cisco Live 2018, the networking vendor continued its emphasis on software, opening Cisco DNA Center to developers and talking up opportunities for channel partners in building solutions on its intent-based networking platform. The Cisco conference was held this week in Orlando.
Cisco Live 2018: Developer base grows
The networking vendor used the occasion of Cisco Live 2018 to point to its growing developer base. Susie Wee, vice president and CTO of DevNet innovations at Cisco, said the company’s DevNet developer program has reached the 500,000 registered members mark. “It means we’ve hit critical mass with a developer community who can program the network,” Wee wrote in a Cisco blog post.
According to Cisco, its developer allies include infrastructure developers, cloud developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), systems integrators and network automation consultants. Cisco’s traditional partners — networking resellers — have been retooling in response to Cisco putting software in the lead.
Jason Parry, vice president of client solutions at Force 3, an infrastructure and security solutions provider based in Crofton, Md., said network engineering is becoming more of a development and network programming endeavor. Force 3 is a Cisco Gold partner.
“I think the trend or the move towards software continues to be very evident,” Parry said.
Cisco DNA Center opens opportunities
Parry said Cisco DNA Center will likely follow the path to greater openness that Cisco technologies such as Application Centric Infrastructure have taken.
“We will see them continue to open that up as they have other platforms,” he noted.
The ability to access analytics and telemetry through the Cisco DNA Center APIs will let developers “leverage the network … access layer in ways they really haven’t before,” Parry said. That ability will enable use cases around security, he added.
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