With an ever growing mobile and distributed workforce, application developers are being tasked to develop applications that can also be remotely accessed by this global workforce. Application developers, with a very basic understanding of networking, assume the network has no boundaries and applications perform optimally regardless of the mode of access. At the same time, cloud computing is enabling applications to be consolidated into centralized and virtualized data centers, further increasing the distance from where the applications are being accessed. Network architects are also being challenged with current network designs for this application deployment and delivery model. The available bandwidth is being taxed as the ever growing applications portfolio competes for network resources to provide a satisfying user experience across the network without boundaries. This application delivery model also demands capabilities for better visibility and control, WAN optimization, and agility of the network to rapidly deploy and manage enterprise applications.
The Cisco Application Velocity solution addresses all the challenges associated with the delivery and consumption of enterprise applications over the network without boundaries. It is one of the five services in Cisco’s Borderless Network Architecture and is composed of innovative Cisco technologies that help IT professionals meet or exceed business SLAs, maximize user experience, optimize resource utilization, and increase reliability and user expectations.
Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Application Velocity released today!!!
I am happy to share that Cisco released a new CVD on Application Velocity for Enterprise Applications to showcase the benefits of the solution. The CVD proves how the various technology components fit together and provide enterprise applications focused network visibility and control, application acceleration and optimization, and network and application agility. It showcases a typical enterprise with a primary virtualized data center hosting enterprise applications and a globally-distributed workforce (mobile and branch office users) accessing these applications remotely over WAN. The popular Tier-1 enterprise applications showcased in this version of the CVD include:
- VMware vSphere 4.1 virtualized IIS Web Server, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange 2010
- Oracle E-Business R12.1 (Baremetal)
Haseeb Niazi, one of the very sharp Network Solutions Architects I have known, and the author of this CVD blogged about the details here.