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CliQr Lands New Certification with Cisco

By Steve Anderson February 10, 2016

Partner programs are a great way to let companies get access to new and different markets, while at the same time giving those partners new options for currently-established markets. Cisco has an impressively stocked partner program, and it's added a new certified company with CliQr.

CliQr handles enterprise cloud management systems, and its CloudCenter system recently gained a new certificate as interoperable with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). With this certified interoperability, CliQr can more readily put together and bring out new solutions that make ACI even better, and give customers the ability to realize the benefits that come along with software-defined networking (SDN).

Better yet, for companies looking to improve operations, CliQr CloudCenter can provide big help on that front by making it easier to automate both deployment and management of not only ACI policy objects, but also the application stack and the infrastructure that helps keep these systems operational. With CloudCenter, all of these points can be managed from just one platform.

CloudCenter works together with the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) to not only create, but also destroy, policy objects as need be without special scripting or user intervention. Customers not only get streamlined operations, but also the ability to bring out existing or new multi-tier applications without a lot of extra interference. That's a great leap forward from the manual processes many legacy systems required, and gives users a big edge in terms of time saved.

CliQr's CEO and co-founder Gaurav Manglik commented “CliQr's application-centric management platform is uniquely suited to work with Cisco ACI, and we are pleased to achieve the 'Cisco Compatible' designation that indicates the ease of integration and level of service we can provide to customers. Application-centric management coupled with application-centric infrastructure delivers to customers the full power and promise of software defined networking.”

This new partner in the partner program looks like it could be a real winner, offering some exciting new ways to trim some time off the IT department's schedule, and allow that time to be put back into other operations. The more automated a job can be, the less it requires a human to do it, and when a human isn't doing a job, that's one less person to pay. The retail and manufacturing industries have already put this point to great effect, and it's not surprising to see IT starting to go that route as well. Though this may not mean so many layoffs as it did in retail and manufacturing, it may well mean that departments will get a bit leaner for it.

Still, this is likely a welcome new application; whether used to lean up a department or just get more out of the current operation, CliQr and Cisco look like two forces that will work well together. 

Contributing Writer

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