The Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and Cisco 7600 Series Routers is a next-generation load-balancing and application-delivery solution. A member of the Cisco family of Data Center 3.0 solutions, the module:
It achieves these goals through intelligent load-balancing and content-switching technologies integrated with acceleration and security capabilities. A virtualized architecture and role-based administration help you provision and deliver multiple applications from a single module to increase data center scalability.
To increase application availability, the module uses best-in-class application-switching algorithms and highly available system software and hardware. You can manage up to16 Gbps of application traffic in a single module, and up to 64 Gbps with four modules, in a single Catalyst 6500 Series Switch chassis.
Flexible application traffic management, and offloading of CPU-intensive tasks such as SSL encryption and decryption processing and TCP session management, improve server efficiency. For long-term investment protection and scalability, you can upgrade your software license to add modules.
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