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Cisco launches Panoptica and Calisti, latest API-first solutions
Thu, 16th Jun 2022
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Cisco has launched Panoptica and Calisti, the latest additions to the company's suite of API-first solutions and tools.

These tools are designed to aid in faster application development cycles, and provide businesses with modern application connectivity, security and observability critical for exceptional digital experiences.

The announcement was made at Cisco Live, the premiere networking and security event.

According to Cisco, Panoptica and Calisti underscore the company's strategy towards managing and securing distributed application architectures.

These additions are designed to make it possible for developers to programmatically discover, connect, secure and observe application programming interfaces (APIs), applications and workloads across the breadth of their cloud journey. This includes from born-in-the-cloud use cases on a singular cloud, to hybrid and multi-cloud architectures that span public, private, SaaS, and edge components.

APIs are behind the integration of systems, platforms and applications, making it possible to create new business models and streamline strategies for the delivery of products and services across almost every digital channel, Cisco states.

Panoptica and Calisti, which are available for free, are part of a new class of open-source, API-first solutions from Cisco.


The Cisco Secure Application Cloud, Panoptica aims to help developers and engineers provide cloud-native security from application development to runtime. A single interface for comprehensive container, serverless, API, service mesh, and Kubernetes security, it scales across multiple clusters with an agentless architecture, and integrates with CI/CD tools and language frameworks across multiple clouds.


The Cisco Service Mesh Manager, Calisti is an enterprise-ready Istio platform that simplifies connectivity, lifecycle management, and security for microservices in complex, multi-cloud environments. It's created to help application teams to focus on application logic, and site reliability engineers (SREs) to control and scale, de-risk upgrades, find root causes and monitor service-level objectives (SLOs).

Cisco offers flexibility and choice for developers and software engineers and is deepening its commitment to open source as a powerful multiplier that accelerates innovation. The company initiates ventures and directed research using open-source projects including OpenTelemetry, OpenAPI, OpenInfra, Dex, Snort, and Kafka.

Cisco EVP, chief strategy officer and GM of applications, Liz Centoni, says, "Cisco is making it possible for developers to not only provision IT infrastructure, but also impact how software and software services are delivered in the API and application development space through a bottom-up adoption and product-led growth (PLG) model, allowing them to try, buy, and scale their usage of tools and solutions in the Cisco portfolio."

Centoni continues, "Applications are no longer simply an extension of the brand or an added channel to engage customers today applications are the business. Cisco is laying the groundwork for a more immersive digital future by rethinking technology, architectures and even operating models with cloud-native, API-first solutions that can be leveraged across every area of business."