AXP 1.6 User Guide
Downloads: This chapterpdf (PDF - 72.0 KB) The complete bookPDF (PDF - 3.06 MB) | Feedback


Table Of Contents



Revised: June 8, 2011, OL-22623-01

This guide describes the commands and tasks for installing and configuring the
Cisco Application eXtension Platform (AXP) on Cisco Integrated Service Routers (Cisco ISRs). For more information on Cisco AXP, go to

To create applications for Cisco AXP, refer to Cisco AXP Developer Guide.

Use this guide to:

Set up the router and the service module.

Configure the application environment on the service module.

Perform advanced networking tasks.

Troubleshoot the application environment.

The Cisco ISR is an integrated system within a single chassis. The Cisco ISR ties together and runs multiple value-added services such as voice, layer 2 switching, security, and application acceleration. In addition, integrated services can be hosted within Cisco OS software or decoupled and hosted on modular application service modules.

The Cisco ISR allows for blade hardware plug-in network modules. These application service modules enhance the functionality, intelligence, and flexibility of the router. Cisco AXP provides the tools required by third-party developers to integrate their applications on Cisco ISRs.

Cisco AXP allows third parties such as system integrators, managed service providers, and large enterprises to extend the functionality of Cisco ISRs by providing their own integrated services. On the application service module, Cisco AXP hosts applications in a separate runtime environment with dedicated resources. Cisco AXP provides Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) so that functions such as packet analysis, event notification, and network management can be utilized by hosted applications.

Cisco AXP consists of the facilities and frameworks to host applications, and service APIs for integrating applications into the network.

Cisco AXP provides the following features:

Ability to modify the Cisco IOS software configuration and obtain the status of Cisco IOS software features via the provided API.

Embedded Linux environment supporting the execution of applications written in the following programming languages: Java, C, Perl (interpreted), Python (interpreted), and Bash (interpreted). Native and interpreted applications written in other programming languages can be integrated by the application vendor if the vendor uses additional support libraries and interpreters.

Integration of virtual devices.

The Cisco IOS auxiliary serial port can be virtualized, appearing as a local device in the Cisco AXP OS. The application controls external peripherals attached to the auxiliary serial port of the router without special knowledge of where the device is located.

Predictable and constant set of application resources.

These resources (including CPU, memory, and disk) are segmented, which ensures that the application and router features work independently, and without interference.

Protection of the router and applications from rogue applications.

If an application crashes, this incident does not affect the router or other applications, because of the installed application being placed in its own virtual instance.

Protection against running unauthorized software.

Only Cisco-certified parties can install software on Cisco AXP.

Robust debugging and troubleshooting facilities.

Support of event notification.

An application can receive the status of the Cisco ISR and take appropriate action.