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The 10 Biggest Cisco News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

From seismic shifts in IT selling motions, to the biggest channel program changes in more than a decade and some M&A activity along the way, check out how tech behemoth Cisco has spent the first half of the year.

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Making Moves

Cisco Systems is bouncing back from a rocky 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic made its mark on the tech industry. The company has spent the first half of this year working hard alongside its loyal partner base to deliver IT solutions to customers that they want, in the buying model in which they wish to consume IT.

The San Jose, Calif.-based tech giant has been on a mission for the last three years to further its software and services business and shift away from hardware. The company, under the direction of CEO Chuck Robbins, also vowed to transition the majority of its portfolio to an everything-as-a-service model. Robbins made it clear that every Cisco product would be evaluated, and nothing would be off the table. To that end, Cisco in April unveiled Cisco Plus, a new sales motion that is offering up networking, security, compute, storage, applications and observability solutions as-a-service to customers through channel partners. So far, the company has introduced its first two solutions as part of the Cisco Plus portfolio.

On the channel front, Cisco made news at the end of 2020 when the company promised big changes to its partner program structure. In 2021, Cisco made good on its pledge and rolled out the most significant changes in more than a decade. The newly simplified partner program honors the distinct roles that partners are playing with their customers, and it’s getting rave reviews so far from solution providers.

As if that wasn’t enough news, then came the acquisitions – three in the same month, in fact. Cisco so far this year purchased three companies and is in the process of closing another deal, including its $730 million IMImobile buy and pending Sedona Systems purchase.

Here are the 10 biggest Cisco news stories of the year, so far. ‚Äč 

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