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Second Day Recap From Cisco Live: DNA Center Takes The Spotlight

Partners say they're excited to have a new tool kit at their disposal following Cisco's announcement of new updates to the DNA Center platform.

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Cisco's David Goeckeler wasted no time getting down to business on Tuesday, telling the audience that the DNA Center updates will extend open and programmable access across the entire network.

"The whole idea is to build APIs and adapters so partners can extend that architecture in a way that we won't," said Goeckeler in an interview with CRN.

Partners and developers will now be able to build applications and solutions on top of the network management software. Network operators will also be able to manage third party devices through the DNA Center.

"Now I have a brand-new tool kit at my disposal, so I can interact with the network in a way that was never possible before," said Paul Giblin, Senior Solution Architect at Presidio.

It comes as Cisco doubles down on its intent-based network strategy, something that isn't unique to Cisco. But Cisco says the new version of DNA Center will set the company apart in the crowd.

"For partners, if they are selling someone else's switch, it's basically a switch. If they are selling intent-based networking it's an entire end-to-end journey that's backed with a very flexible partner consumption model," said Nirav Sheth, Vice-President, Architectures, Solutions and Engineering at Cisco Partner Organization. "So the customer is essentially future-proofed for the duration of that software subscription."

Cisco also added three new programs to its DevNet developer program on Tuesday: DevNet Ecosystem Exchange, DevNet Code Exchange and the DevNet Developer Center.

DevNet launched in 2014 and now has over 500,000 registered users.

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