Cisco Launches Connected Cloud Solution

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The Cisco Live conference kicked off this week in San Diego (Photo: Cisco Live Global)

Cisco’s 2012 Live conference is underway this week in San Diego, where it launched a connected solution aimed at helping businesses transition to a well connected cloud. According to a 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking survey, the majority of IT decision makers cite a cloud-ready network as the biggest requirement to enable the migration of business applications to the cloud.

Cisco Cloud Connected Solution.

Cisco (CSCO) announced its Cloud Connected Solution, a new product solution that delivers cloud-enabled routing and wide area network (WAN) optimization platforms, along with Cloud Connector software and services, enabling users to securely connect to cloud services. The solution is comprised of cloud connectors to allow providers to differentiate their services, cloud-enabled platforms such as virtual routers, and new cloud services such as the new Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) technology integrated into the Cisco ISR and ASR platforms to optimize the delivery and troubleshooting of cloud applications on the network.

In addition to enhancements to existing equipment, Cisco is featuring new products in the Cisco Cloud Connection Solution portfolio. The Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000v virtual router securely enables enterprises to extend and control various facets of their enterprise network to clouds while providing cloud service providers (CSPs) with increased revenue opportunities though an on-demand, flexible “network-as-a-service” model. A new ASR 1002-X router was launched as well as the ESP-100G, a forwarding processor for the ASR 1000 Series in cloud edge deployments, in addition to FlexVPN on ASR 1000, for highly secure IPsec site-to-site and remote access VPN.

“As businesses are driving the rapid adoption of cloud based services, routing platforms and the WAN have become a strategic control point to provide an optimal user experience across the cloud,” said Praveen Akkiraju, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Services Routing Technology Group.  ”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.”

All products are currently available, with the exception of the CSR 1000v and Cisco UCS E-Series on ISR G2, which are scheduled to begin shipping Q4 2012. The ASR 1002-X router is scheduled to begin shipping in September 2012.

Conference updates can be found on Twitter hashtag CLUS.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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