Cisco Announces New Technologies, Management

New UCS servers, re-branded private cloud and a new exec highlight Cisco's big partner summit event week.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Nov 3, 2016
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Cisco is having a busy week as it kicks off its annual partner summit, announcing new technologies, a product re-branding and a new senior manager.

Among the new products, Cisco announced on November 1 the UCS-S Series, a storage-focused version of its Unified Computing System server portfolio. The first new server in the series is the UCS S3260 Storage Server, which can be configured with up to 600 terabytes of storage capacity.

On the software side, Cisco announced the ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, which is a hybrid cloud software platform for cloud automation and self-service IT. According to Cisco, with the ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, organizations can deploy workloads to over 20 different data center, private and public cloud environments.

Security is also on Cisco's agenda this week, with the debut of its AMP for Endpoints solution. AMP is Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection product, acquired by way of the company's $2.7 billion acquisition of SourceFire in 2013. To this point, AMP had been available on Cisco's networking gear and not in a focused endpoint product.

"Cisco continues the relentless evolution of our security architecture from the network to the endpoint to the cloud," Scott Harrell, vice president for product management in Cisco's security business, said in a statement. "Today's AMP for Endpoints launch is a critical milestone. Customers now have the opportunity to simplify their endpoint security strategy, securing mobile users, servers and desktops by leveraging Cisco's threat-centric security architecture."

Metapod Rebranded

Cisco is now also rebranding its private OpenStack cloud service. Until October 31, the service was known as Metapod, but has now been re-branded as Metacloud. If the Metacloud name sounds familiar that's because Cisco acquired Metacloud in September 2014.

Various global trademark issues had prevented Cisco from using the Metacloud name worldwide, but apparently those issues have now been resolved.

Management changes

Cisco is also adding new management with the addition of Roland Acra as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Group. Acra starts his new position on November 3. Acra's area of responsibility is vast and includes Nexus data center switching products, UCS and SAN storage. Acra will fill an important role in Cisco's executive ranks and helps to bolster the management after the departure of Rob Soderbery in September.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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