Cisco AON accelerates application development and reduces costs.

Cisco IT's drive to converge networks and provide virtualized services brings it closer to the goal of an intelligent information network: a network that is aware of and immediately responsive to the needs of applications. Application-oriented networking (AON) is the current cornerstone of this goal of an application-aware network.

The Cisco AON product is a set of application-aware tools that reside on a module within the network. However, AON gives Cisco data centers and network managers the ability to quickly and flexibly apply blanket policies and service capabilities across all applications in the data center. AON provides a central way of organizing security and data transformation functions within the data center. In addition, AON has the potential to provide the network with flexible new ways to respond to traffic demands that are just now being explored.

This case study provides architectural diagrams, business benefits, and lessons learned from the global Cisco IT migration, and describes:

  • How Cisco IT has deployed AON, while reducing development, capital, and operational costs
  • The three AON solution components: hardware modules, Development Studio software, and management console
  • Summary of the business and IT benefits of AON-based development for Cisco Summary of the business and IT benefits of AON-based development for Cisco

Read the Application-Oriented Networking Case Study