5 Things Partners Should Know About Cisco's New Crosswork Network Automation Portfolio

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Cisco Systems this week unveiled a portfolio of network automation software intended to hasten time to value for service providers and cut down on the time it takes to fix network problems.

Called Crosswork Network Automation, the portfolio combines five software platforms with the aim of helping service providers automate their networks while managing and understanding the vast amounts of data in order to respond to common problems and impending security threats.

The portfolio also is intended to help network migrations take less time and become less error-prone. It's Cisco's first closed-loop, mass-scale automation solution that embraces multivendor networks. The system runs on open APIs, and features a WAN automation engine, data consolidation in data lakes, and uses machine learning to take the human element out of the equation.

The San Jose, Calif., networking giant said its channel partners have a big opportunity to profit from the tremendous amount of integration required for customers to bring the new platform into their environments. Partners, the company said, will be able to help service providers solve specific problems rapidly with either their own services, or Cisco's suite of services.

Here are five things solution providers should know about Crosswork Network Automation.

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