Cisco® announces the availability of Cisco Configuration Assurance Solution 2.0 (CAS) and Cisco Configuration Assurance Solution-Service Provider 2.0 (CAS-SP).
Cisco CAS and Cisco CAS-SP are vital software tools for improving network availability as well as application and service continuity for enterprises and network service providers, respectively. Cisco CAS and Cisco CAS-SP automatically perform regular, systematic audits of the production IP network configuration to diagnose device misconfigurations, policy violations, inefficiencies, and security gaps. They use a high-fidelity software model of the network infrastructure, accurately simulating the behavior of routers, switches, and protocols, to enable a broad scope of analyses. These include network configuration and security baseline and postchange audit and analysis functions that are critical to a successful network configuration and change-management strategy.
Table 1 describes the new features of Cisco CAS and Cisco CAS-SP.
Table 1. New Features
Security analysis enhancements
Over 40 additional network security-related rules. Improved Security Demands analysis for non-intrusive vulnerability assessment. Support for Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM), Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA), and Cisco PIX.
Cisco CAS-SP offers additional support for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IPv6, IS-IS, and Private Network-Network Interface (PNNI).
Additional device support
In addition to the security devices listed above, this release adds additional support for 3rd party security and network devices.
Cisco CAS-SP offers additional support for Cisco IOS XR Software-based devices Cisco 12000 XR and Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1).
Enables the tracking of network audit results over time
Flow Analysis Module add-on package
This optional module enables simulation-based analysis, enabling automated studies of how application flows would be affected by node, link, or resource group failures.
Web console for remote Cisco VNDS status monitoring; auto-configuration of device access and collection; support for multiple schedules; group-based reporting; network browser view; performance improvements; additional Cisco and third-party network hardware support
CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution integration
Event processing to detect and trigger an audit analysis based on network device configuration changes
(Cisco CAS only)
Allows greater flexibility for Cisco CAS deployment with granular license node packs
Cisco CAS 2.0 and Cisco CAS-SP 2.0 will be available beginning December 26, 2006. Customers interested in purchasing these products can place orders through their normal sales channels beginning December 11, 2006.
Table 2 provides ordering information for Cisco CAS and table 3 provides ordering information for Cisco CAS-SP.
Table 2. Ordering Information for Cisco CAS 2.0
Cisco Configuration Assurance Solution 2.0 - 50 nodes, no VNDS
Cisco Configuration Assurance Solution 2.0 - 100 nodes with VNDS