First of all, this architecture/solution based integration, may seems simple form a high level, however ,the reality is, when there are multiple solutions, each has its own priorities and focus, there must be a strong valid reason to glue them and make that integration a priority (for both), to happen. The good news, in Cisco I noticed as long as there is a customer value, magic can happen. This is where I found that Cisco has a great innovation driven culture, as people from different teams, different geography/time zones they are willing to jump into a call and discuss things, while they are extremely busy. This experience made me really proud to be part of such a company that value new ideas and innovation.
Special thanks to Mike Herbert, for the support and shaping the design use cases along with the help and support of the wonderful experts Darren Dukes, Max Ardica and Mosaddaq Turbi.
So why this integration and why now?
Traditional businesses are becoming more digitized and technology adoption is an enabler for their survival and growth. With adoption of technology comes the need of adequate control and priority over challenges such as application sprawl and ever increasing bandwidth needs. Low priority applications if not controlled can starve critical applications impacting business operations. With businesses spreading over geographies, efficiency of data infrastructure can determine end customer satisfaction levels.
According to IDC “In the context of digital transformation, applications are the new face of business. Applications generate revenue, drive the business, and increasingly differentiate organizations from their competitors.”
Therefore, the availability and performance of applications should be key architectural attributes when designing any technology solution for today’s organizations.
Stay tuned, as more interesting capabilities will be introduced as part of this integration, in the future.