Cisco (CSCO) has announced a new Integrated Services Router with Application Experience (ISR-AX) that converges routing, security technologies and application-level services into a single-box solution for branch offices.
"Because all traffic goes through the router, it offers a streamlined approach for scaling application services to ensure a high quality of experience across the network," said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group (ENG). "With Cisco ISR-AX, Cisco is redefining the role of the router as the application delivery platform and providing our customers with a more affordable solution they can easily deploy across their network."
The Cisco ISR-AX is a foundational element of the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network that allows IT to prioritize application traffic to deliver the best user experience by addressing application specific performance requirements. It enables business-critical applications to run faster, and provides network-wide visibility and control for accelerated application deployments, granular performance monitoring, and rapid resolution without the need for any additional devices. The new solution builds on the success of Layer 2 and 3 converged network services with Layer 4 through 7 application services, and help IT utilize the router as the platform to simplify migrating applications as the business requires. New models for the ISR-AX solution include the Cisco 3900-AX, 2900-AX or 1900-AX ISR, based on Cisco's ISR G2 router.
"As one of the largest construction and development networks in the country, we introduce new technology to improve our business and employee productivity to be a sustainable business and injury-free workplace," said Robert Kraft, chief information officer at Skanska USA. "As we automate our processes, adding more bandwidth was not sufficient and we continued to receive complaints on performance. Cisco WAAS on ISR G2 has helped us create the headroom needed to introduce more technology and has resulted in greater satisfaction from to our end users."