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Application Networking Services

Application Networking Services Technology

With Cisco Application Networking Services, you can deliver advanced technologies with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), enhance application performance, and increase both data center and solution scalability.

Cisco Router and Switch Integration

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) modules integrate with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series enterprise Ethernet switches and the Cisco 7600 Series carrier-class routers. ACE integration offers up to16 Gbps of application traffic in a single module, and up to 64 Gbps with four modules, in a single Catalyst 6500 Series Switch chassis.

Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) technology integration with Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) includes Cisco WAAS Express, software-based WAN optimization integrated within Cisco IOS, on-demand WAN optimization on the Cisco Services-Ready Engine for ISR G2, and dedicated modules for both ISR and ISR G2. Router integration can dramatically decrease branch IT costs.

Cisco Virtual WAAS (vWAAS) and Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), a Cisco Unified Network Services (UNS) component, both integrate with Cisco Nexus 1000V Series switches, offering reduced deployment and management costs, particularly for mobile virtual machines. Cisco VSG secures the virtualized environment to which applications delivered with ANS are moving.

Cisco Network Analysis Modules (NAM), a Cisco UNS component, integrates with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, and Cisco ISR and ISR G2 routers. NAM integration offers the most accurate network monitoring as data is collected at its source switch or router. Cisco NAM supports ANS by verifying the benefits of Cisco ACE and Cisco WAAS.

Cisco ACE solutions can use Cisco Nexus 7000 Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) to support multi-datacenter load balancing and advanced cloud-bursting virtualization methods.

Virtualization Technologies

A virtualized architecture is a unique advantage of Cisco ACE. IT managers can configure up to 250 secure and isolated virtual devices on a single Cisco ACE platform. Cisco ACE virtualization results in far fewer devices to manage as application deployments grow, significantly lower power and cooling expenses, and faster time-to-service for new applications.

Cisco WAAS WAVE Appliances offer virtual blade technology validated in the Microsoft Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP), with support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2. The combination of the SVVP and Cisco WAAS virtual blade technology allows IT administrators to:

  • Deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2 and additional applications and servers, including Microsoft, third-party, and proprietary solutions
  • Profile applications and services on Cisco virtual blades with the same methods used with industry-standard servers
  • Depend on the tight partnership of Cisco and Microsoft for support

Cisco solutions using WAAS virtual blades include Cisco NAM and Cisco ACNS.

Advanced Traffic Steering

In 1997, Cisco developed WCCP, a protocol that localizes network traffic and provides "network-intelligent" traffic steering that many vendors depend upon. Cisco WAAS offers industry-leading WCCP integration, providing industry-leading data center scalability for WAN optimization up to 32 devices in a WCCP cluster combined with hardware-optimized WCCP on Cisco Catalyst switches.

In 2010, Cisco developed vPath technology for the award-winning Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch. Cisco vPath technology is aware of L4-7 policies associated with individual virtual machines. Once data packets of a specific virtual machine have been identified and policies applied, the remaining data packets flow directly to the virtual machines.

Using vPath, vWAAS is unique in the WAN optimization market as a solution for public or enterprise private clouds or data centers with elastic deployment and virtual machine mobility awareness.

Cisco VSG leverages vPath to ensure security without compromising performance and maintaining security policies across virtual machine mobility.

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