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Cloud-Ready Networks

Can Your Network Deliver the Cloud?

Cloud computing is changing network requirements; learn how to keep pace.

Networking and Clouds: Era of Change

A world of many clouds means new requirements for your network. (PDF - 710 KB)

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Excellence Within, Between, and Beyond the Cloud

The network is the fundamental foundation that enables the benefits of cloud computing. Regardless of where a service is deployed, it's critical that the underlying infrastructure be capable of delivering high availability, security, mobility, and a great user experience. Cisco calls this "cloud-ready networking."

Cisco cloud-ready networks are designed specifically to meet the needs of many types of clouds, with the capabilities you need to efficiently operate and consume cloud services.

Cisco cloud-ready networks:

  • Enable cloud agility with a virtual network that dynamically delivers cloud services and understands content types (video, voice, data)
  • Instantly recognize end users and devices to tailor cloud services as needed, and optimize based on demands coming from other users
  • Help ensure the quality of cloud services, enabling quality and latency SLAs for a superior customer experience
  • Secure the cloud with multilayered security that gives the right users access to the right services at the right time
  • Are cloud-aware, dynamically adjusting to changes in the cloud

The Ideal Foundation for Any Cloud

Cisco integrates previoulsly disparate IT resources into a powerful data center fabric with its cloud-ready networks. In doing so, it helps create a unified cloud fabric within, between, and beyond the cloud.

Cisco's superior network architecture delivers cloud services from any cloud (public, private, hybrid, etc.) while reducing costs and increasing flexibility. Cisco cloud-ready networks bring the following advantages.

Network Virtualization

Network virtualization in both the network access and core layers provides network visibility and policy control down to the virtual machine (VM), even as it moves across the network. Network virtualization extends to LAN and SAN environments and dramatically simplifies overall operations.

VM Efficiency

Cloud-ready networks allow greater density of VMs per server. And the memory-expansion capabilities of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) helps you deploy IT infrastructure applications and virtual desktops more efficiently.

Outstanding Application Performance

Using Cisco VM-FEX and Adapter-FEX technologies between the Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus platform has fueled Cisco's 12 performance records for enterprise-critical applications in virtualized environments.

VM Mobility

Taking advantage of OTV, LISP, and other interconnect technologies, Cisco cloud-ready networks provide easy mobility for virtualized environments within and across data centers.

Security Virtualization

Unified Network Services allow security policies to dynamically move with a VM as it travels across the network, giving security and compliance teams deep visibility into virtualized environments.