Cisco picks up the pace of its software-defined makeover

Cisco Systems, Inc. may have been late to the software-defined networking party, but it’s trying to make up for lost time. Four months after it announced its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) initiative – which puts virtualization, automation, cloud and analytics front-and-center in Cisco’s product evolution plans – the company is upgrading customers’ software with security features gained through recent acquisitions at no additional charge to subscribers. DNA is part of Cisco’s new embrace of software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) and other technologies that move functions that were formerly in proprietary integrated circuits into software. DNA “is about driving toward an application economy where applications change on a daily basis,” said Prashanth Shenoy, the company’s director of enterprise networks. More than 11,000 customers have bought the software to support…

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