Archive | August 9, 2019

Reuse, recycle, repeat: maximising the value of existing IT assets reduces cost and complexity

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Whether it’s plastic containers or software licences, we all need to find ways to make the most of the resources we already have.

A new business requirement shouldn’t automatically trigger a new IT investment. This is particularly true within the networking and security arena where costs and complexity increase with every new purchase.

Instead of constantly expanding the security management portfolio, organisations need to start thinking about rationalising and integrating it. According to Cisco, 82% of companies want an integrated security portfolio but very few are achieving it.

Computacenter and Cisco are working together to help change this. As more IT providers move to an evergreen world with rolling releases and bundled packages, it’s getting harder for CIOs and their teams to stay up to date. As a result, features are not used, integrations are not leveraged, and opportunities are not exploited.

Making the switch

Let’s take an example. The Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) subscription provides organisations with a new way of purchasing Cisco Catalyst 9K switches, which form the foundation of the modern intent-based network. But there’s a lot more to the software subscription than just the switches. And these added extras can make all the difference to the efficacy of security and networking operations in a digital age.

As well as providing organisation with access to software-driven rather than hardware-centric switches, the premier subscription also includes tools for managing security policies, detecting security threats, automating processes, configuring networks and generating actionable insights.

It’s hardly surprising then that the Catalyst 9K switches have been one of the fastest-selling new products in Cisco’s history: more than 1,100 customers signed up in the first quarter of availability. Eventually, it will become the standard platform for intent-based networking.

Although organisations have been quick to onboard the switches, the supporting software is still being under-utilised. As a result, CIOs often unnecessarily invest in additional point solutions or continue to use legacy tools that are no longer fit for purpose. They will also be missing out on the latest threat intelligence; the Catalyst 9K premier subscription enables CIOs to leverage the full power of Cisco Talos, which helps to protects people, data, and infrastructure assets.

Unlocking greater value

Computacenter has access to 10 Customer Success Managers – many of whom are Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts – who help organisations unlock the full potential of their technology investments.

We work with CIOs and their teams to drive greater value and enable business success. We share knowledge. We pinpoint existing resources that could be leveraged more effectively. We organise demonstrations and proof of concepts. And we flag potential new investments and integrations.

The shift to evergreen solutions and software subscriptions involves operational, cultural and financial change. Adapting to this new landscape while also delivering digital initiatives is a big ask for already stretched IT teams. But the quicker organisations can adapt, the quicker they can leverage the benefits.

Instead of fulfilling new requirements with new purchases, organisations will become accustomed to checking their existing IT entitlements and assets first. This will not only save money but also prevent the IT landscape from becoming even more cluttered. Maximising what we have today makes for a better tomorrow.

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