Cisco Router Software Connects Enterprises to the Cloud

As expected, Cisco in the week rolled out the Cloud Connected resolution, software for its ISR and ASR routers that is designed to enable enterprises to implement and access cloud networks and services.

Cloud Connected resolution conjointly includes a Cloud Services Router (CSR), a virtual router that lets enterprises extend their VPNs into the cloud. Cloud service suppliers can give CSR, that runs on a Cisco UCS server, as a “network-as-a-service” product, Cisco says.

Cisco created the announcement at the Cisco Live user conference here this morning.

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According to Cisco’s international Cloud Networking Survey for 2012, the bulk of IT “decision makers” cite a cloud-ready network because the biggest demand to foster the migration of business applications to the cloud. it’s against this backdrop that Cisco developed the Connected Cloud resolution.

In addition to CSR, Cloud Connected resolution includes software known as Cloud Connectors; AppNav for managing clusters of physical and virtual Cisco WAAS WAN optimizers as one resource pool; Application Visibility and management (AVC) software for routers for optimizing cloud application delivery; a brand new 1RU kind issue for the ASR 1002-X edge router; and therefore the Cisco UCS E-Series server modules on the ISR G2 routers.

Here are a lot of details on those Cloud Connected resolution offerings:

*Cloud Connectors run on the UCS E-Series modules. These software modules are designed to boost the performance, security and availability of cloud services and applications.

*Third-party software developers will write applications and services to the Cloud Connectors, and Cisco is additionally giving its own Cloud Connector services: Cisco Hosted Collaboration Services, ScanSafe Web-based security service and therefore the CTERA Storage Connector for voice and application survivability.

*In addition to virtualizing WAN optimization into resource pools, AppNav could be a traffic steering technology that may be allotted and enforced through policies, Cisco says. AppNav will be put in as a hardware module on existing Cisco Wide space Virtualization Engine appliances or as software on the new CSR.

*AVC is predicated on stateful deep packet inspection. It permits ASR and ISR G2 routers to spot applications inside the traffic flow in order that they will then collect varied performance metrics like bandwidth use, response time or latency. The routers will then assign QoS priorities to crucial applications or enforce application bandwidth use to boost performance, Cisco says.

*The ASR 1002-X currently comes in an exceedingly 1RU kind issue. It still permits organizations to extend their WAN edge performance up to 36Gbps, just like the existing 2RU configuration. Cisco is additionally introducing the ESP-100G, a forwarding processor for the ASR a thousand series in cloud edge deployments, and FlexVPN on the ASR a hundred, for IPsec site-to-site and remote access VPN.

All merchandise are currently offered, with the exception of the CSR 1000v, AppNav on the CSR, and Cisco UCS E-Series on ISR G2, that are scheduled to start shipping within the fourth quarter. The ASR 1002-X router is scheduled to start shipping in September.