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Cisco Launches Panoptica and Calisti, the Latest API-First Solutions

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Cisco has launched Panoptica and Calisti, the latest additions to the company’s suite of API-first solutions and tools.

Designed to help accelerate application development cycles, these tools provide businesses with modern application connectivity, security, and observability essential for exceptional digital experiences.

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

According to Cisco, Panoptica and Calisti underline the company’s strategy for managing and securing distributed application architectures.

Cisco Launches Panoptica and Calisti, the Latest API-First Solutions

These additions enable developers to programmatically discover, connect, secure, and observe application programming interfaces (APIs), applications, and workloads across their cloud journey. This includes born-in-the-cloud use cases on a single cloud to hybrid and multi-cloud architectures spanning public, private, SaaS, and edge components.

Cisco said APIs are behind integrating systems, platforms, and applications, making it possible to create new business models and streamline strategies for delivering products and services across almost any digital channel.

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


The Cisco Secure Application Cloud, Panoptica, is designed to help developers and engineers provide cloud-native security from application development to runtime. A single interface for the comprehensive container, serverless, API, service mesh, and Kubernetes security scales across multiple clusters with an agentless architecture and integrates with CI/CD tools and language frameworks across various 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 was created to help application teams focus on application logic and site reliability engineers (SREs) to monitor and scale upgrades, mitigate risk, find root causes, and monitor service level objectives (SLOs).

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

Cisco EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, and GM of Applications, Liz Centoni, said: “Cisco enables developers to not only deliver IT infrastructure but also influence how software and software services are delivered across the API and application development space through a bottom-up adoption and product-driven growth (PLG) model, enabling them to try, purchase and scale their use of tools and solutions in the Cisco portfolio.”

Centoni continued, “Applications are no longer just an extension of the brand or an additional 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 operational models with cloud-native, API-first solutions that can be deployed in any business area.”

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