Global IT and networking giant Cisco yesterday announced advancements to its cloud strategy, hoping to accelerate digital transformation in the areas of connectivity, security and automation. 

During Cisco’s virtual Future Cloud event, the company introduced a number of innovations including Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) X-Series. The company says that its UCS is used by more than 50,000 customers globally, and the X-Series is directed towards hybrid operations with a particular focus on the versatility of workload.

Other investments in innovation include an automation framework that works to simplify workflows, a platform for modern cloud workloads, simplified management and visualisation of services and reductions to cost and complexity of hybrid cloud management. 

According to Todd Nightingale, SVP and GM of Cisco Enterprise Networking and Cloud, “Today, a simple, intuitive user experience is how to achieve success in a digital world.”

“We are focused on helping our customers be cloud smart to advance their digital operating models to securely deliver new types of apps that live across on-prem, multiple clouds and the edge.”

Cisco’s strategy over the past six years has included a number of multi-billion-dollar investments in network intelligence solutions for hybrid cloud. The focus, says the company, has been in building cloud strategies for customers that can be integrated into all aspects of the business.

According to Stephen Elliot, Program Vice President, “IT executives should view Cisco’s latest hybrid cloud innovations as a bold effort to position the company as a cloud-neutral enabler for businesses and addressing customers’ challenges by providing hybrid cloud solutions that help make it easier to execute their cloud strategies.”

According to Tom Hull, CIO of Kaleida Health, “Kaleida Health counts on Cisco for critical hybrid cloud technologies to help deliver high-quality care to patients, and to provide secure network access to electronic medical records, telehealth and other applications across nearly 80 sites.”

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