Cisco has added new features to its enterprise IT network solution that use the likes of analytics and machine learning to boost productivity and improve security.

The vendor’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) offering now features a range of new hardware and software that it said was the result of years of R&D.

In terms of security, the solution claims to be able to identify “the fingerprints” of known cyber attacks in encrypted traffic without needing to decrypt it, thanks to input from Cisco’s Talos cyber-intelligence group.

Automation is another key focus of DNA. Software-defined access, for example, uses automated policy enforcement to simplify network access for users, devices and things.

This leads to reduced provisioning time, improved problem solving rates and lower opex, the vendor said, while a centralised management dashboard enables IT departments to manage “millions of devices in minutes”.

Meanwhile, a new Analytics and Assurance platform aims to improve productivity. It categorises and correlates data running on the network to provide customers with a range of services, including predictive analytics.

DNA also includes new switches and a developer centre featuring resources to build and integrate apps.

Cisco said the new solution aimed to “reinvent networking for an age where network engineers managing hundreds of devices today will be expected to manage one million by 2020”.

NASA is one of 75 organisations that are conducting field trials.

CEO Chuck Robbins said: “The network has never been more critical to business success, but it’s also never been under more pressure.

“By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organisations everywhere.”  

Cisco announced in May that it was cutting another 1,100 jobs as part of its restructuring efforts.

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