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Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2
July 14, 2006
Cisco Application-Oriented Networking (AON) is the first in a new line of Cisco products that embed intelligence into the network to meet the needs of application deployment. AON enables you to:
•Integrate dissimilar applications by routing information to the appropriate destination, in the format required at the destination.
•Enforce policies for information access and exchange.
•Optimize bandwidth and reduce processing overhead for application traffic.
•Increase management of information flow, including monitoring for business and infrastructure.
•Enhance business continuity by transparently backing up or rerouting critical business data.
Working at the message rather than packet level, AON provides this support by understanding more about the content and context of information flow.
These release notes cover Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2 and include the following topics:
AON Application Requirements
Table 1 lists the minimum requirements for installing AON applications.
AON Supported Hardware
The Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2 introduces the upgraded Cisco 8342 AON Appliance hardware. This platform is ROHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) compliant.
Note ROHS is an European regulation that mandates that starting July 1, 2006, any equipment entering Europe must not contain certain hazardous material, for example, cadmium.
Table 2 lists the hardware platforms that are supported by AON version 2.1.2.
AON Appliance Supported Software
AON Node Supported Software
Table 4 lists the software levels for the Cisco platforms that support AON.
•The AON Management Console (AMC) supports only Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. AMC pages may not render properly in other Web browsers.
•AON is implemented in Java where memory is automatically managed by the Java runtime system. This means that there might be moments in the system where the garbage collection (automatic memory management) is still working at freeing up memory. The graceful handling mechanism checks the free memory to determine if a message should be let into the system. So under high loads it is possible that AON will reject messages because the garbage collection is taking time to free up memory.
•The following issues may affect AON Development Studio installation, however, the root causes are beyond the control of Cisco:
–Using the ALT key during ADS installation can cause some InstallShield screens to become corrupted. Despite this display problem, the ADS installer continues to function. If the display gets corrupted, minimize the ADS installer and then maximize it again. The display should return to normal. This is a known InstallShield issue when using JVMs with version 1.4.2.x.
–In rare situations when initially launching ADS on Windows 2000, an error message may be returned indicating the database is busy or unavailable. The error can occur even though the database is listed as started in the list of Windows Services. This occurs when a database port is chosen in the ADS installer that also appears in the output of the netstat -a command in a loopback situation. The port is shown pointing to another server port which in turn points back to it. This behavior has only been seen with one port, though not always the same port on the system. Reboot the PC to correct this problem.
Table 5 lists the caveats that have been resolved in this AON release.
Table 6 lists the caveat for this AON release. This caveat is in addition to the open caveats listed in the Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1 and Release Notes for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.1.
To view the open caveats for Cisco Application-Oriented Networking, use Bug Toolkit.
Note If you already have a Cisco 8342 AON Appliance hardware, your system does not need any software upgrade; however, if you have a Cisco 8340 AON Appliance hardware, you will need a firmware upgrade and an upgrade to Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2 software.
For detailed instructions on the firmware upgrade and upgrading to Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2 software, see the following document:
Note You must install the latest Cisco AON Management Console (AMC) release and AON Developer Studio (ADS) software on your node. Both these software versions must match for the node to work.
Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Version 2.1.2 will work with any node with Cisco AON Version 2.1 and Cisco AON Version 2.1.1.
Note Once you upgrade to AON Version 2.1.2, you cannot downgrade AON Appliance to any lower releases.
The AON documentation set includes the following guides:
• AON Development Studio User Guide—covers the AON Development Studio, Bladelets, and PEP creation.
• AON Programming Guide—covers the development of custom Bladelets, custom adapters, and other features related to extending AON functionality.
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