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Cisco ACI and Radware – From Point Solutions to Application Centric Services

Radware’s Alteon ADC and DefensePro integrated with Cisco ACI fabric enable IT managers drive greater value from their Cisco ACI deployment with automated tenant-based application delivery and security services.

For decades, IT managers were deploying application delivery (L4-7) and security services as point solutions; the network provided the basic connectivity, and each L4-7 had to be configured manually per each application. Virtualizing the compute fabric enabled to automate the configuration stage; however L4-7 and security are still deployed as point solutions – each application infrastructure change still requires intervention in rewiring the physical network, reconfigure network nodes and of course test the application integrity end-to-end and its performance.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in the data center introduces a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles. ACI delivers automation from the network layer and up to the compute fabric. Radware, by integrating Alteon and DefensePro with Cisco ACI fabric, enable automated tenant-based application delivery and security services.

What is the Radware offering?

Radware offers Best of breed Application Delivery and DoS Protection services. In today’s growing threats to your application service SLA you need a vendor you can rely on to maintain your SLA and eliminate the ‘noisy neighbor’ impact:

  • Radware Alteon NG application delivery controller (ADC) is a leading load balancer that guarantees application SLA for all Web, cloud and mobile applications.
  • Radware AMS offers most accurate real-time DoS/DDoS attacks detection and mitigation without blocking legitimate user traffic.

How does it work?

  • Radware’s developed ‘Device Packages’ for Cisco ACI that enable to insert ADC and DoS Protection services per application and/or per network tenant.
  • Cisco APIC automates the service insertion process while acting as a central point of policy control.


What’s in it for me?

You can now increase your data center agility without compromising application SLA:

  • Benefit from deploying Cisco ACI as a dynamic and automated datacenter infrastructure while continuously delivering applications without any adverse application SLA impact.
  • Applications can move, scale-up or scale-out while retaining the associated L4-7 and security services without any location specific constraints.
  • Error-free deployment thanks to automated processes running Radware-certified use cases

Use Case Example: Web application service profile

Using Cisco APIC the user can automate the creation and provisioning of a Web application profile. Cisco APIC offers a drag-and-drop UI to easily insert a Firewall, Load Balancer and other L4-L7 network services into a Web application profile. This, in turn, creates a service graph in which a L4-L7 service such as load-balancing, becomes an integral part of the tenant’s web application and can become operational by APIC in minutes.

Together Cisco ACI and Radware can automate the workflow between your application, networking, and security teams and provide a simpler, more efficient, policy driven operational model that will save on OpEx.

Blog Authored by Ron Meyran Radware, Edited and Posted by Cisco

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Cisco ITD is Best of Interop 2015 Finalist

Transforming Cisco switches into highly scalable zero latency load balancers! Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) does exactly that and much more!

Cisco ITD  has been selected as Best of Interop 2015 finalist in the Data Center Category. Finalists were chosen from nine categories including Data Center, Mobility, SDN and Cloud Technologies.

Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD)  is an innovative solution to bridge the performance gap between a multi-terabit switch and gigabit servers and appliances. It is a hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and clustering solution on the Nexus 9K,7K,6K,5K series of switches. Customers do not have to buy any new hardware. It works on all the existing hardware, linecards and supervisors.

Here are some of the quotes from customers, account teams, industry analysts and architects:
“Great milestone Samar Sharma, Mouli Vytla, Rajendra Kumar Thirumurthi  and team! We are very grateful for the work you guys did with pioneering and driving this new solution!”

ITD  helped us scale to 1Tbps of cache traffic in single Nexus 7700 ”

“This feature seems almost too good to be true! I am very excited about it.”

“Customers really enjoyed the time and the subject. They said it was the best presentation of the week at Cisco Live”

“Turns out we likely have a far superior solution in ITD  that we can bring to the table.  One of our web space principles is ‘state is the enemy of scale’ and ITD aligns very well with this mentality without sacrificing too much flexibility or control. It is still early in our conversations but we are confident that ITD will play a strategic role for scaling services”

Click  to find out more! You can also visit Cisco Interop Booth at Interop Las Vegas to find out about Cisco ITD Solution!

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How and Why We Created “Software Defined Networking for Dummies”

SDN for DummiesLast week we launched our new book, Software Defined Networking for Dummies, which I wrote the vast majority of and was responsible for producing. And the response to date has been far more enthusiastic than even I anticipated. The feedback from the Cisco field has been great, and there is strong demand for reprints across all regions and localization in a number of languages. [Printed copies can now be ordered from the Cisco Collateral Store at nominal cost here.]

Naturally, we’ve also gotten a number of questions, such as “Does this mean we think SDN is for Dummies?”, “Do we think our customers are Dummies?”, “Why did Cisco decide to leverage the Dummies brand for this topic?”, etc. In order to clear some of this up, the social media team asked me to write a bit of the backstory of the creation of the book, why we decided to do it, and why it’s proving to be such a popular asset.

It all started when I was looking to fill a large gap in Cisco product marketing, particularly around SDN and our Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). SDN has certainly proven to be a revolutionary break from traditional networking architectures and is really changing the way organizations think about their IT processes and how they design data centers. With all this change, it’s been hard for a lot of people to get their heads around what this new technology trend is really all about. When Cisco introduced ACI as a very sophisticated and comprehensive SDN solution, there’s no doubt it took people a lot of time to understand ACI, how it was similar to SDN, and where it was introducing new innovative concepts.  Read More »

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Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) For SAP HANA

Tailored Data Center Integration for SAP HANA enables the use
 of enterprise storage and networking components that already exist in your data center rather than requiring customers to purchase additional storage and networking to be used only for the SAP HANA environment.

Cisco and its partners deliver a TDI deployment model using a common architectural approach, built on standard building blocks with the Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM (Cisco UCS®) as the base. This approach gives application datacenter managers flexibility of choice in the way that they implement SAP HANA. Cisco supports the SAP HANA TDI deployment with shared storage and shared networking today.

SAP HANA TDI provides the first evolutionary step away from the constraints of a very controlled standalone appliance model toward a model in which application datacenters can be configured using existing SAP certified enterprise storage and enterprise networking.  When you use the SAP HANA TDI model, existing network and storage can be used only if sufficient resources are available and if all components used are SAP certified. Here, “sufficient resources” means that sufficient storage capacity and I/O bandwidth are available on both the storage system and the storage network to meet the SAP HANA application needs in your environment.

What does this mean for you?  You will gain the following benefits.  You can:

  • Use your existing storage and network investment in people, process, and equipment
  • Get the best use of your investment in current datacenter switching architecture
  • Create a more flexible deployment in which server, network, and storage resources can be moved between different SAP HANA and SAP business solutions applications, and even non-SAP applications 
mitigate risk and optimize operations and resources by using existing data center management processes for SAP HANA implementations
  • Gain flexibility in hardware vendor selection and SAP HANA configuration

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Cisco UCS Mini for SAP and SAP HANA

On the way to tradeshow week (May 4th), I decided to do a brief blog series on UCS Mini tied to these shows. Last week was Microsoft Ignite.

This week SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando and the discussion of UCS Mini for SAP and SAP HANA.

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