Networking Infrastructure Portfolio Guide

Networking Infrastructure EA Portfolio Guide

Serve the broadest needs with a worldwide leader in networking

Cisco's Networking Infrastructure portfolio serves a broad range of networking needs across industries and segments. Our Networking Infrastructure portfolio helps you quickly adapt to change and simplify and scale operations as technologies and requirements change.

The new Cisco EA brings together our industry-leading Cisco DNA software, Meraki, and Cloud Networking offerings with other Cisco capabilities to accelerate your business. Your organization can implement critical cross-technology solutions more effectively, and the EA lets you adjust and adapt your networking infrastructure dynamically. Enjoy the convenience of addressing all your networking needs in one unified agreement.

1. Introduction

An enhanced Enterprise Agreement

Our new Enterprise Agreement (EA) offers you more than a master service agreement or buying program. It brings you the power and breadth of our entire technology portfolio under a single, simplified agreement. It gives you easy access to the Cisco technologies you need to scale rapidly and accelerate at the speed of business. It not only simplifies purchasing, it offers you a future-ready technology strategy that delivers greater value, agility, and flexibility for your enterprise.

Unlock more value across the entire Cisco portfolio
  • Business agility

    Accelerate business transformation with easier access to technology. The new EA makes it easy to quickly invest in the technology you need from all our portfolios—Networking Infrastructure, Collaboration, Security, Applications Infrastructure, and Services—with lower spend minimums.

  • Premium experience

    Easily buy, manage, and consume your software licenses and services. The new EA gives you common terms and conditions across portfolios, with a single renewal date for your organization. Plus, you can manage all your licenses from one place with the complete visibility and granular control of our EA Workspace platform.

  • Unmatched value

    Get more from your investment with access to exclusive offers. The new EA delivers preferred pricing that rewards increased commitment with increased benefits. You enjoy top value through pricing incentives, True Forward financial predictability, and investment protection.

Enjoy more network choice and simplicity

Our Networking Infrastructure portfolio focuses on helping you to adapt quickly to change and simplify and scale operations, while protecting against service degradation and threats.

The simplicity of the new Cisco EA brings together our industry-leading networking offerings with other Cisco capabilities in a way that can supercharge your business. Your organization can more easily and effectively implement critical cross-technology solutions, such as security and services. You can dynamically adjust and adapt your networking infrastructure and keep pace with your network's expanding and evolving demands.

2. Suites

Cisco Networking Infrastructure solutions

Under the new EA, our Networking Infrastructure portfolio include the following solutions:

  • Cisco DNA Software
  • Meraki
  • Data Center and Cloud Networking
Cisco DNA software

The software-defined approach of your Cisco Catalyst wired and wireless networks turns business intent into business results. It delivers end-to-end visibility, automation, and insights into your network so you can innovate more quickly, reduce costs, and lower risk with easy-to-consume services. With the new EA you can gain access to the latest innovations quicker and activate the features securely to the following Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) software suites:

  • Cisco DNA Software for Switching

    Scale your business, segment your network, and manage switching secure access. Options include basic to advanced policy-based automation, monitoring and Cisco DNA centralized management, as well as holistic traffic visibility, AI/ML-driven insights, and assurance capabilities.

    Learn more about Cisco DNA Software for Switching

  • Cisco DNA Software for Wireless

    Enhance wireless performance with Cisco DNA Center. Get centralized management and provisioning of wireless network devices, as well as options for advanced automation, assurance, and location analytics. You can also personalize services with location-based solutions and protect your network, devices, data, and business with strong, network-based security.

    Learn more about Cisco DNA Software for Wireless

  • Cisco DNA Software for SD-WAN and Routing

    Embrace a new approach to managing and operating your WAN infrastructure, built on Cisco edge platforms and Cisco routers and managed with the vManage platform. Make your network ready for SaaS applications and simplify your WAN architecture, making it easier to manage and more cost-efficient to operate and deploy. Plus, gain the ability to deftly balance built-in security and application experience with direct internet access at the branch.

    Learn more about Cisco DNA Software for SD-WAN and Routing

Optional add-ons:

  • Cisco Spaces—location analytics
  • Cisco ThousandEyes—internet network visibility
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine—microsegmentation for the SD-Access solution
  • Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)—encrypted traffic analytics for the SD-Access solution

Cisco Meraki provides cloud-first agile networking solutions that provide an end-to-end "connect," "converge," and "observe" experience. The Meraki platform allows customers to rapidly roll out secure agile networks with personalized experiences for employees and customers. With Meraki available on the new EA, customers can connect hybrid dispersed workforces, power smart spaces, and provide safe and secure environments via these Meraki suites:

  • Network Infrastructure

    The Network Infrastructure subscription allows your workforce to connect from anywhere with guaranteed physical and digital security. It enables you to deliver the experiences your customers want no matter where they are, from a single platform. It includes three product families: Meraki Wireless and Switching, Meraki Secure SD-WAN, and Meraki Sensors.

    Meraki Wireless and Switching
    Ensure seamless and faster wireless connections anywhere, support greater user capacity, and provide more coverage to transform how people connect. Intelligently adapt access control and application usage policies and dynamically enhance end-user experiences and network security.

    Learn more about Meraki Wireless and Switching

    Meraki Secure SD-WAN
    Securely connect your users and devices, no matter where they are. Use wired or cellular uplinks for internet-based traffic, data center, or multicloud environments with the Meraki SASE building blocks. Efficiently maintain optimized performance for every application on your network and optimize user experience. An integrated analytics engine intelligently analyzes connectivity from a client all the way to the application server.

    Learn more about Meraki Secure SD-WAN

    Meraki Sensors
    Provide real-time visibility into any physical environment and drive smarter business decisions. Increase operational efficiency, reduce inventory loss, and prevent downtime of business-critical assets through data-driven intelligence.

    Learn more about Meraki Sensors

  • Meraki Systems Manager for Mobile Device Management

    Enhance mobile security, empower workforce agility, and increase operational efficiency. Enjoy unrivaled security by simplifying the deployment of Cisco cloud security software. This subscription serves as the perfect bridge connecting cloud and network security.

    Learn more about Meraki Systems Manager for MDM

  • Meraki Camera Systems

    Ensure complete connectivity and coverage of multiple locations by integrating physical security and network security into a single point of control. Whether protecting people, places, or things, you can customize security to safeguard what matters most to your business. This subscription provides centralized cloud management across all the cameras in an enterprise, at any scale.

    Learn more about Meraki Camera Systems

Cloud Networking

Cisco offers Cloud Networking solutions built for scale with industry-leading automation, programmability, and real-time visibility. You can easily gain access to a wide range of our data center and cloud networking technologies under the new EA through the following suites:

  • Nexus Switching

    Take your network to where the data is, with solutions that connect applications and data across public cloud and on-premises IT resources. With the EA's simple Cisco Nexus Switching software subscription, you can choose the best time to migrate to our suite of data center and cloud network offerings.

    Learn more about Nexus Switching

  • Storage Area Networking (SAN)

    Take advantage of single-point management of your Cisco MDS 9000 fabrics or leverage a full set of advanced traffic-engineering and security features that facilitate management of complex SANs. The EA subscription for MDS helps you get the most out of Cisco storage networking solutions so you can respond quickly to new business needs, control IT costs, meet compliance requirements, scale, and continue business during disruptions.

    Learn more about SAN

3. Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements

To make EA more accessible, we've lowered its minimum eligibility requirements by reducing the required commitment across an organization as follows:

Term minimum: 3- and 5-year terms with a 7-year exception
Contract value: $100,000 net at program level, after discount and pre-IB credits at program level

Fully committed suite Partially committed suite
$50K minimum net requirement, enterprise-wide device coverage No minimum requirement
Customers receive all EA benefits for committed suites Limited benefits for partially committed suites

4. Popular add-ons, software support, and available services

Accessing security and services for Networking Infrastructure

One of the primary benefits of the new EA is that it makes it easier to quickly bring into your environment a broad array of technologies from across Cisco portfolios.

Security portfolio offerings

The close and intertwined relationship between networking and security often leads Cisco networking customers to also take advantage of solutions from our security portfolio, such as Zero Trust, Cloud and Network Security, and Secure Platform and Response.

Solution Support services

Cisco Customer Experience (CX) has a portfolio of end-to-end services that provide world-class expert guidance and digital intelligence to help our customers drive business outcomes faster. Our Solution Support provides centralized support across more than 30 solutions and more than 250 products. Our Security Services Support offers organizations the technical expertise needed to implement, optimize, and manage their security.

5. Available portfolios

Easy access to other Cisco subscription portfolios

Now that the new EA brings all Cisco portfolios under one agreement, it's easier for you to access our full complement of technologies and innovations and be able to respond to the dynamic changes in your industry.

Application Infrastructure portfolio

From hybrid cloud architectures to application experiences, enterprisewide full stack observability to low-code workflow design, Cisco's broad portfolio of applications can address your most pressing technology requirements and help your business meet its strategic objectives.

The new Cisco EA makes it simpler to get the applications your business needs today and lets you adjust with agility as your needs shift. It also simplifies and speeds up your organization's ability to deploy other critical Cisco portfolio solutions, such as combining with collaboration tools for hybrid work or leveraging networking technologies for more efficient data center operations.

Collaboration portfolio

Webex Suite, available in the new EA, delivers the calling, meeting, messaging, and events tools you need to bring people together easily and help them to work together productively. It can also help you meet increasingly complex security and compliance requirements, which are key to keeping your information safe and secure.

The new Cisco EA makes it easy to get a holistic collaboration enrollment with a single contract, standardized across your entire enterprise and with a higher level of comprehensive support. The new EA also makes it easier to take advantage of Cisco Collaboration solutions when you enroll for one of the other Cisco solution portfolios covered by the EA, including Networking Infrastructure and Application Infrastructure.

Secure Solutions portfolio

Cisco security solutions, known as Cisco Secure, take an integrated platform approach to radically simplify your security. It applies intelligence to anticipate the changing needs of your business and provide the protection you need everywhere so you can work anywhere. Our broad portfolio of security solutions includes leading solutions that protect organizations at the user, device, network, and application/data levels.

Plus, the new Cisco EA makes it easy to get a holistic security enrollment with a single contract, standardized across your entire enterprise and with a higher level of comprehensive support. The new EA also simplifies your ability to take advantage of Cisco Secure when you enroll for one of the other Cisco solution portfolios covered by the EA, including Networking Infrastructure, Collaboration, and Applications Infrastructure. Combine portfolios in ways that support cross-architectural solutions. For example, a secure access service edge (SASE) implementation might incorporate offerings from the Cisco Networking Infrastructure, Security, and Services portfolios.

Services Portfolio

Cisco Customer Experience (CX) has a portfolio of services that provide world-class expert guidance and digital intelligence to help you drive business outcomes faster. Solution Support streamlines your support experience across software, hardware, and partner providers so you can resolve issues quickly, focus on your business, and innovate with confidence.

The Services enrollment for Cisco EA helps you more easily take advantage of Solution Support across Cisco portfolios, including Networking Infrastructure, Security, Collaboration, and Applications Infrastructure. You get a holistic support contract across your Cisco technologies with unified terms and conditions. It helps you to:

  • Reduce contract complexity and administrative overhead
  • Predict and streamline costs
  • Speed up, simplify, and enhance issue resolution

6. Financial benefits

Financial benefits of the new EA

In addition to delivering on technology and business needs, the new EA offers financial benefits designed for the needs of enterprises. The following are a few examples:

Financial flexibility

As with technology, finance increasingly needs to be more dynamic. The new EA delivers new levels of flexibility for financing, such as flexible terms and volume ramp options.

Financial predictability with True Forward

The financial predictability of True Forward makes EA standout from other agreements. Unlike other enterprise license agreements that require you to true up every year, the new EA doesn't retroactively charge for a year's extra usage up to 15 percent. This saves you from potentially having a large, unexpected bill at your contract anniversary—as frequently happens with other vendors. Instead, we work with you to update your next year's contract to bring it closer in line with your actual usage.

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