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June 12, 2012

Cisco News - Cisco Delivers Cloud Solution Designed to Redefine WAN Architecture

By Jacqueline Lee, Contributing Writer

According to Cisco’s (News - Alert) 2012 Global Cloud Networking Survey, one in three respondents stated that having a cloud-ready WAN was essential for virtualizing applications. Nearly 75 percent of respondents expressed concerns over data security with cloud migrations, and nearly one-third responded that training for a marathon would actually be faster than migrating their company’s applications into the cloud.

Seizing the opportunity, Cisco has delivered the Cloud Connected Solution, which it unveiled this week during Cisco Live in San Diego. Cloud Connected delivers cloud-enabled routing, WAN optimization platforms, and Cisco software and services providing users with a secure connection to cloud services.

Cisco designed Cloud Connected to deliver a great user experience and easy cloud deployment for the lowest possible cost. The solution works hand-in-hand with Cisco Unified Data Center and Cisco Cloud Applications and Services to form the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network.

The three primary components of Cloud Connected include cloud connectors, cloud-enabled platforms and cloud services.

Cloud Connectors consists of new software embedded into the Cisco Integrated Services Router G2 (News - Alert) Platform. In addition to improving the security, availability and performance of cloud applications, Cloud Connectors was developed with open architecture. This allows third-party providers to tweak the service to provide differentiated products to their customers.

To create cloud-enabled platforms, Cisco has expanded its Aggregation Services Router platform with the Cisco 1002-X ASR router in addition to introduction the UCS E-Series Server Modules on the ISR G2. These tools will allow the hosting of multiple third-party services on single branch platforms. Additionally, the Cisco Cloud Services Router will allow enterprises to extend their VPNs into the cloud.

Cisco also unveiled a menu of cloud service capabilities such as Cisco Application Availability and Control, which is integrated with ISR and ASR platforms and enables both the delivery and troubleshooting of cloud applications on the network. Another new service, Cisco AppNav, clusters Cisco’s Wide-Area Application Services appliances, both physical and virtual, into a single resourced pool managed by a single controller.

“The Cisco Cloud Connected Solution redefines the WAN architecture with key innovations that leverage the network intelligence as a critical link in cloud deployments by putting more functionality into traditional enterprise routing, allowing customers to connect to the cloud with an optimal user experience,” concludes Praveen Akkiraju, VP and general manager of the Cisco Services Routing Technology Group.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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