UPDATED 09:00 EDT / OCTOBER 31 2019

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Cisco unveils new tools for CloudCenter so developers can focus on code and logic

As Cisco Systems Inc. continues to build relations with enterprise developers, particularly through its growing DevNet program, the company is paying close attention to what that audience needs.

This focus can be seen in how Cisco has enhanced its CloudCenter Suite. Since January, the company made the platform available globally in a software-as-a-service deployment and added new orchestration and cost-management tools.

From a developer perspective, perhaps the best enhancement is that the suite is user friendly and requires little or no maintenance or installation.

“Developers really want to code at the end of the day, and they want to just focus on their business logic,” said Ali Ghorbani Moghadam (pictured, left), senior technical lead at Cisco. “They want the system to be automated; they want the system to be self-healed. This suite gives you that, so you just focus on your code and business logic, nothing else.”

Moghadam spoke with John Furrier (@furrier), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, in Palo Alto, California. He was joined by Matt Ferguson (pictured, right), director of cloud management and orchestration at Cisco, and they discussed new tools for developers that have been added to the CloudCenter platform and enhanced capabilities for the use of containers (see the full interview with transcript here). (* Disclosure below.)

Cloud interface and cost visibility

The recent enhancements to the CloudCenter Suite include Action Orchestrator, which provides standardized interfaces for cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud. Cisco also added Cost Optimizer to provide visibility into the expense for using public or private clouds.

“We have to enable the development community as they are going through their proof of concepts, as they are becoming more agile, as they are doing the true continuous integration and the continuous delivery of the POC that will ultimately land into production,” Ferguson said. “What we want to provide is the tools.”

Those tools also include adapters as part of Action Orchestrator to simplify workflow automation for developers using Kubernetes containers.

“We’re not actually putting a cluster on AWS — we’re leveraging EKS; we’re connecting via application programming interfaces the cluster you are controlling,” Ferguson explained. “We’re trying to bridge that on-premises world to the public cloud.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s CUBE Conversations. (* Disclosure: Cisco Systems Inc. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Cisco nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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