Telefónica, Cisco Enhance Operational Capabilities
June 10, 2022
Tech, Telefónica’s digital business unit, and Cisco started a strategic alliance
and an innovative global managed service, which includes SD-WAN, security and
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architectures.
This new service, designed to address the needs of both large companies and SMBs,
will consist of an integrated connectivity and security offer to connect
enterprises across data centers, branch offices and remote employee locations.
The connectivity portion of the managed service will leverage the full portfolio
of Cisco SD-WAN solutions, along with the Cisco Meraki cloud-managed platform
and wireless solutions. Customers can pair these connectivity solutions with
Cisco security technologies, including Cisco Umbrella, advanced firewalls,
anti-malware, intrusion protection, and zero-trust access controls.
In addition, following Telefónica Tech’s convergence strategy of networking and
security services, a cloud security module with Cisco Umbrella will be included
in the services. In this way, the portfolio services based on Cisco SD-WAN
capabilities will be complemented with cloud security functionalities easing and
protecting the experience of employees when accessing the Internet or business
applications, regardless of their location.
With this launch, a new offer will be introduced within the existing flexSITE
service which will include Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi, LAN and security
solutions, starting in Spain and then expanding into other European and Latin
American markets. Its main advantages will be the ease in the implementation and
deployment of the network, visibility, and management of the security layer in
Sarwat, Director of Cybersecurity and Cloud Products and Services at Telefónica
Tech, says: “This alliance reinforces the work done with Cisco for years and
will allow Telefónica Tech’s capabilities as a managed services provider within
the Cisco ecosystem to evolve. We seek to meet the current needs of our
customers, facilitating from the same solution any connectivity and security
challenges they may face in the era of hybrid work”.
“The shift to hybrid work has accelerated the need for businesses to connect and
protect employees and their devices anywhere,” says Shailaja Shankar, Senior
Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Security Business Group. “Telefónica
Tech’s new managed service will offer customers an innovative, managed service,
combining Cisco’s SD-WAN and cloud security solutions in a way that simplifies
connectivity and security for office workers and telecommuters. Cisco remains
committed to digitalization through the CDA program, named ‘Digitaliza’ in
Spain, promoting innovative services like this.”