8 Companies That Launched Cool Products During Cisco Live
Market stalwarts like A10 Networks as well as startups like Aviatrix introduced solutions ranging from software-defined networking as-a-service platforms to container application platforms.
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Cisco made a splash with its announcements at the Cisco Live conference in Orlando, Fla., this week, and the event was a high-profile opportunity for several other vendors to launch new products of their own.
Market stalwarts like A10 networks, as well as start-ups like Aviatrix, introduced new offerings ranging from software-defined networking as-a-service platforms to container application platforms.
Some of the companies, like ScienceLogic and Barefoot Networks, partner closely with Cisco and introduced products that work hand-in-hand with Cisco systems. Others, like Aviatrix, are positioning themselves to compete with Cisco in certain areas of the market.
Here are a few of the new products rolled out during the Cisco Live conference.
The inability to easily network in the cloud has been holding companies back, says Palo Alto, Calif., start-up Aviatrix Systems. AWS predicts a huge increase in the number of virtual private clouds over the next three years, and Aviatrix argues that most networking vendors have a blind spot in networking between public clouds. The company introduced a software-defined cloud networking as-a-service platform for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud users. The platform is a good fit for an MSP sales strategy, the company says, and is intended to be simple to deploy and manage, especially for customers with little network experience who want to build hybrid and multi-cloud networks.
Network load balancing stalwart A10 announced an extension of its cloud strategy with the A10 Ingress Controller for Kubernetes during Cisco Live. The extension is an enterprise-grade container application platform that helps service providers more efficiently balance application traffic across multiple clouds.
Network performance management firm Nyansa introduced two new applications during the Cisco Live conference. The solutions, Voyance WAN and Voyance Client Agent, are designed to bring visibility to what the company calls "blind spots" on network endpoints. The solutions integrate WAN and client data and then analyzes and correlates them with transactions in order to bring insights to users.
In a new collaboration with Cisco, Barefoot Networks demonstrated real-time network visibility and analytics on a new Cisco networking platform, the Nexus 3400, that’s been built using Barefoot's Tofino product. The platform supports Barefoot’s Smart Programmable Real-time In-band Network Telemetry (SPRINT) feature, giving it the ability to export telemetry data to the Deep Insight network performance monitoring solution Barefoot introduced last December. From there, users are given real-time visibility into every packet in the network, allowing them to detect any anomalies including microbursts, path and latency variations, congestion and packet drops.
Washington, D.C.-based automation firm ScienceLogic was showing off its "context-infused" SL1 artificial intelligence for IT operations platform. Cisco uses the SL1 platform to give customers insights from their data. The platform connects mission-critical applications to underlying infrastructure, allowing customers to monitor the health of their services, stay ahead of problems and improve ROI.
cPacket Networks took the wraps off a new switch it says is the first to achieve 100 gigabit-per-second wire speed and precision monitoring on large enterprise networks. The switch's capabilities are important for compliance, security, capacity planning and troubleshooting, the company said. cPacket also introduced a new virtualized Visualization Dashboard, which can be deployed rapidly to provide single-pane-of-glass visibility and management at any location on the network.
Irvine, Calif.-based Lantronix introduced ConsoleFlow during the Cisco Live conference. ConsoleFlow is an on-premises or cloud management platform. The Software-as-a-Service offering gives customers an end-to-end management solution that operates from IoT devices to the data center. Lantronix says the technology allows solution providers to generate revenue beyond a one-time hardware sale, as well as providing more stickiness and value with customers.
SevOne at Cisco Live unveiled a new SD-WAN monitoring system. The product is based on the Boston, Mass.-based company's SevOne Data Platform and is intended to increase MSPs' agility, especially ones that offer multiple, complex network services over multi-vendor SD-WANs. The platform will initially support Cisco SD-WAN with an eye toward making deployments easier while enhancing performance.