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New Forrester Report Offers Insights to Deploying Virtual Network Services

July 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm PST

An interesting new report has been issued by Forrester Research that provides a great deal of market research and insight into the challenges of the data center network supporting large-scale virtualization. The report provides a representative view about the types of obstacles organizations are facing and where they are making new investments, along with some recommended best practices. As usual, the application services infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges, i.e., how to replicate the layer 4-7 and security services that mission-critical applications require in a highly virtualized or hybrid cloud environment. While servers and networks have largely been virtualized, relying on physical firewalls or application controllers can undermine or limit the beneficial effects of virtualization.

Forrester starts by pointing out what benefits customers are looking for and where they see the greatest growth in virtualization going forward. Over the next four years, Forrester sees 500% growth in total virtual x86 workloads that will be hosted in private cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where virtual servers are isolated between tenants, compared to 170% growth in private cloud pools in organizations’ own data centers. Forrester points out that overlooking virtual services can “negate private and public cloud investments”, however. 33% of their respondents indicated that they have difficulty integrating public services with internal virtual infrastructures, with 24% specifically citing “frustration with capability, agility and flexibility of traditional application delivery controllers (ADC)”. (see next table).


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Best Practices for Application Delivery in Virtualized Networks – Part II

As we start off this New Year, how about including a resolution to improve application delivery? In Best Practices for Application Delivery in Virtualized Networks – Part I , we covered key application delivery challenges that have come up due to the complexities of managing the many types of applications that enterprises use today, and further complicated by data center consolidation and virtualization. We then covered some best practices, courtesy of Dr. Jim Metzler’s 2011 Application Service Delivery Handbook, which recommended taking a lifecycle approach to planning and managing application performance.

A key step to the lifecycle approach is to implement network and application optimization tools, such as WAN Optimization solutions and Application Delivery Controllers, including server load balancers. Of course, these solutions are not new to the market and already address many of the needs that exist with delivering enterprise applications in virtualized data centers -- namely, the need to ensure network reliability, availability and security for users accessing these applications. In this post, we will discuss a recent study by IDC, where IT decision makers across Europe and the US spoke out about their strategies for using server load balancers to deal with emerging challenges.



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Ten Cisco products achieve IPv6 Certifications!

December 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm PST

The Cisco Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the completion of USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2 certifications for the following Cisco products:

  • 4500-SUP7E USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ISR-G2 IPSec ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Linksys E4200 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • 79xx IP Phone USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE4710 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE 30 blade for 6500 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE 30 blade for 7600 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Sx200 SOHO switch USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Sx300 SOHO switch USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ASR1K ReadyLogo USGv6 (retest) and ReadyLogo Phase 2

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How to backup your Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM)

Here are some steps to help with backing up ANM. This is useful for migrations, upgrades or restores.

Backing up ANM

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UNS Fundamentals from TechWise TV

October 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm PST

Unified Network Services (UNS) is one of the three architectural pillars of Cisco’s Data Center Fabric, along with Unified Fabric and Unified Computing Services (UCS). UNS represents our portfolio of Layer 4-7 application services, including security, WAN optimization, application controllers, network monitoring and orchestration.  This TechWise TV episode is a great overview to the vision behind UNS and the benefits of pulling this all together, especially for virualized and cloud environments.

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