Cisco Launches Full Stack Observability Platform

Ecosystem of Partners Enable New, Extensible Observability Use Cases to Unify and Secure Digital Experiences

Cisco announced the launch of a new Full Stack Observability Platform—a vendor-agnostic solution that harnesses the power of the company’s full portfolio. It delivers contextual, correlated, and predictive insights that allow customers to resolve issues more quickly and optimize experiences while minimizing business risk. 
This industry-leading offering enables a new observability ecosystem that combines data from multiple domains, including application, networking, infrastructure, security, cloud, sustainability, and business sources.  
“Full-Stack Observability is critical in today’s digital-first business environment,” said Liz Centoni, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and General Manager, Applications. “Cisco Full-Stack Observability brings together network intelligence, security insights, and application observability across the multi-cloud environment and the full technology stack to enable enterprises to deliver unmatched digital experiences with deep business context.”  
Cisco’s FSO Platform is focused on OpenTelemetry and anchored on Metrics, Events, Logs, and Traces (MELT), enabling businesses to collect and analyze MELT data from any source seamlessly. The Cisco FSO Platform is also designed as a unified, extensible platform, allowing developers to build their observability solutions, empowering an ecosystem of customers and partners. 
Cisco FSO Platform Applications: Cloud Native Application Observability  
Cloud Native Application Observability is the solution delivered on the Cisco FSO Platform, helping customers achieve business outcomes, make digital experience-related decisions, ensure performance alignment with end-user expectations, prioritize, and reduce risk while securing workloads. 
In addition to Cloud Native Application Observability, the first set of modules on Cisco’s FSO Platform are:  

  • Cost Insights: Provides visibility and insights into application-level costs alongside performance metrics, helping businesses understand their cloud applications' fiscal impact while supporting sustainability efforts. 
  • Application Resource Optimizer: It provides visibility into Kubernetes workload resource utilization, so businesses can maximize resource usage and reduce excessive cloud spending, helping them meet financial targets and sustainability goals.   
  • Security Insights: Generates an application-based business risk score to help DevOps and SecOps teams prioritize and eliminate vulnerabilities on cloud-native applications or services with a high likelihood of exploitation.   
  • Cisco AIOps: Visualize contextualized data relevant to infrastructure, network, incidents, and performance of a business application, all in one place. Simplifies and optimizes IT’s operational needs. 

Cisco is already collaborating with partners, including CloudFabrix, Evolutio, and Kanari, to develop and monetize a diverse ecosystem of solutions for the Cisco FSO Platform that enable meaningful, new use cases and rapidly deliver customer value from observable telemetry.  
Cisco FSO Platform launch partners are building novel solutions and extending the Platform’s reach to new customers and business use cases: 

  • vSphere Observability and Data Modernization from CloudFabrix: This solution observes vSphere data through the Cisco FSO Platform and correlates it with Kubernetes and infrastructure data to generate insights and recommended actions across infrastructure and the containerized application stack. 
  • Evolutio Fintech: This fintech observability solution is designed to help customers draw business insights by monitoring KPIs based on data such as payments and credit card authorizations. 
  • Kanari Capacity Planner and Forecaster: This provides visibility into time series data associated with capacity planning and forecasted events with risk factors determined through predictive ML algorithms (ARIMA, SARIMA, LSTM). Capacity Planner and Forecaster also allow organizations to take a sustainable, resilient approach to planning and tracking resources.  

The Cisco FSO Platform marks an advancement in Cisco's accelerating FSO strategy. Partners can unlock even more value for themselves and their customers through extensibility. AI-driven root cause analysis, experience optimization, and incident management are tied to business context so teams can identify, prioritize, resolve, and predict issues before they impact end users and their businesses. 


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