Cisco Unveils Workflows in Cisco Networking Cloud for Safe Community Automation


Gartner’s Market Information for Community Automation Platforms highlights that greater than 65% of enterprise networking actions are carried out manually, and solely a small however rising proportion of enormous enterprises automate greater than half of their community actions. Delivering superior digital experiences for an enterprise entails powering a number of, disparate networking domains and/or deploying a number of options inside a single area. This ends in a number of challenges for community operators, together with:

  • Cross-domain and cross-product integration end in “swivel chair” impact—context-switching between a number of administration consoles and dashboards—and require experience of particular person services to drive the required configuration.
  • Current group automation instruments require scripting expertise, in addition to further funding, to allow collaboration and governance, and help production-grade automation towards totally different services in an enterprise setting.

Because of this, customers expertise steep studying curves, prolonged implementation occasions, and in the end suboptimal and under-maintained automation adoption throughout their international infrastructure.

Determine 1: A number of touchpoints for an end-to-end community creates complexity

To deal with this complexity, we introduced Cisco Workflows, a brand new set of capabilities on the coronary heart of Cisco Networking Cloud, earlier this month in June at Cisco Dwell US 2024. Delivered as a cloud-hosted service, organizations can use Workflows to outline, automate, and orchestrate configuration duties inside and throughout their domains—branches and websites, campuses, information facilities, clouds—with only a few clicks utilizing a low- to no-code atmosphere. Cisco Workflows helps customers give attention to accelerating enterprise worth, enhance infrastructure utilization and efficiencies, and cut back prices and time misplaced to guide errors.

Determine 2: Jonathan Davidson asserting Cisco Workflows within the Cisco Dwell US Keynote

Workflows presents out-of-the-box automation throughout a number of merchandise and domains, following design tips and finest practices really useful in Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs). A strong set of low- to no-code customization choices (e.g., drag-and-drop API duties, information transformation) allow customers to simply modify and lengthen the automations for his or her particular use case. Workflows automates each cloud-hosted service APIs and on-premises community controller API endpoints. A safe cloud connectivity service hosted on-premises permits the connectivity from Workflows to the on-premises endpoints. Customers get real-time updates to trace workflows execution progress, pause execution to simply accept inputs from different customers inside the group, and evaluate audit logs of earlier automation runs. Workflows will probably be accessible from inside Cisco Networking Cloud’s Cross Platform Navigator, by way of single sign-on (SSO), and thru embedded hyperlinks in numerous Cisco controllers.

At present, Cisco Workflows consists of the next Cisco controller adapters to run automation—Software Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Catalyst Middle, Id Companies Engine (ISE), Catalyst SD-WAN, Meraki, and plenty of extra. The automation hub offers two ready-to-go pattern validated automations utilizing these adapters:

  1. Campus to information heart establishes a networking material, with macro- and microsegmentation, securely connecting customers in campus (Catalyst Middle and Id Service Engine) to workloads and purposes operating in an information heart (Software Centric Infrastructure).
  2. Automated hybrid department web site deployment for branches that embrace a mixture of Meraki (Wi-Fi and LAN) and Catalyst infrastructure (SD-WAN for routing). The automation performs stock pre-checks, onboards units inside the Meraki and Catalyst SD-WAN, and establishes connectivity between them.
Determine 3: Advantages of Cisco Workflows

Workflows, as a low-code procedural automation functionality, offers the fine-grained management and insights into execution stream required for the versatile implementation, debugging, and troubleshooting of cross-domain automation. Workflows resides on a platform that holds a number of certifications together with ISO 27001, ISO 27017, SOC 2 Kind 2, SOC 3, CSA, and STAR 1, underscoring our unwavering dedication to information safety and compliance. The service is designed to effortlessly scale automation throughout tens of millions of endpoints worldwide whereas making certain unmatched safety and seamless integration with hybrid cloud environments.

With this development, we proceed to simplify the expertise for our prospects, empowering organizations to thrive in right this moment’s dynamic digital panorama with confidence and ease. Clients and companions are already going by way of beta trials with Cisco Workflows.

“As beta testers, we’re starting to discover the brand new cross-domain automation performance inside Cisco Workflows. We’re beginning to migrate a few of our present automation scripts to the Workflows system and are excited to see how these capabilities will have the ability to simplify duties for our prospects sooner or later.” —Stefan Ronge, NTS (a managed service supplier in Europe).

“We now have been exploring the beta capabilities offered inside Cisco Workflows and see an actual potential to assist automate key components of the networking infrastructure. Our analysis has been operating on complicated multi-domain infrastructures together with Catalyst Middle SDA and ACI.” —Ingmar Schön, EnvOcean Community Programs (a community consulting agency in Europe).