I am working in a team as part as a managed service/cloud provider, and I am thinking of recommending Cisco to our MSP portfolio. Does Cisco provide solutions for cloud providers? Something like managed firewall/IPS?
Sorry for the delayed reply.
I haven't explained correctly. My company is a multinational co-location provider, and our business unit focuses on managed services for some of our clients. An example is given below:
Customer A buys co-location space and infrastructure as a service. We provide them the hardware and manage their infrastructure. Their infrastructure may consist of anything including servers, storage, switching, routers, firewalls, load-balancers and IPS. Cisco is NOT our main platform for firewalls/IPS for the following reasons:
Last time we checked, Cisco did not offer a licensing solution for cloud providers; something equivalent of Checkpoint's Provider1.
Cisco does not offer a solid reporting solution for IPS; we use weekly automatic reporting to our managed customers.
Licensing is not flexible with Cisco; i.e. we could not lease a firewall/IPS for 2 years and renewing it on a yearly basis.
Do you know if Cisco provides a solution for companies like us?
This is getting outside my area now.
I am not aware of any special licencing solutions for cloud providers. However I have never looked for inquired about such,.
With Cisco you can buy the kit, for you can lease it from Cisco finance (usually a minimum of a three year term). After that you have you annual licencing.