Choosing the right software can be a complex task, and in a time where the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing and developing, there is a need for ongoing improvements of network agility and maximising efficiency. Cisco recognises the growing demand and has evolved their software offering to simplify and optimise intelligence across businesses. There is extensive information surrounding Cisco EA’s currently which can be difficult to comprehend, but here at Softcat, we like to keep things simple, so let’s take a look at the facts and see what works for you.
Cisco enterprise agreements can be a cost reducing and time saving three to five year buying programme to consolidate all your Cisco software purchases. There are currently different enrolment options to cover their four architectures; datacentre, enterprise networking, collaboration and security, with a Meraki EA enrolment also now in its pilot phase.
The Cisco Enterprise Agreement is ideal for organisations that want financial predictability, a simplified IT environment, or have a technology growth plan, allowing organisations to select from one or more enrolments to address business needs. The multiple enrolments covering Infrastructure, Security and Collaboration software, each with a number of products to choose from, each with unique benefits.
The DNA EA enrolment requires a subscription across either routing, wireless or switching. The Data Centre and security enrolments introduce a self-selection element: for Data Centre you pick two subscriptions and for Security, three subscriptions to suit your requirements from the listed products. The collaboration enrolment works slightly differently as it is a flexible plan based on a minimum number of knowledge workers.
Cisco Enterprise Agreements allow great agility and can increase efficiency for your organisation, however there are some exceptions to consider. We have a Cisco software team at Softcat ready to help you see if a Cisco EA is a suitable fit for your software needs.
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