When we launched the new ISR 4451-X at Cisco Live a few months back, one of the Big New Things we talked about was the Service Container architecture. Unless you were paying close attention to the 4451-X, you might have missed that whole thing. So what the heck is a Service Container?
To put it simply, a Service Container is a virtual machine running within the network itself. Instead of your typical server virtual machine, these VMs can be used to enhance the capabilities of the underlying network itself. Service Containers can add additional services, such as WAN Optimization, to the network. They can also enhance the capabilities of network devices by adding things like new programmable interfaces to the network. In some cases they can even be used to add impressive capabilities to the network from trusted third party developers.
Hi All! For this video my trusty film crew and I are still here in Orlando for CiscoLive 2013 and got in some great interviews! In this episode I learn about Smart Connected Vehicles (and why you shouldn’t hack them), meet with Chris Tillett (@christillett) of Halifax Media Group and find out why the new Cisco ISR 4451-X is the router for him, I get to sit in and program the Delorean time machine we had in our booth, and JOHN CHAMBERS GIVES ME AND MY TRUSTY FILM CREW A THUMBS UP. Yes, that needed all caps, because it is awesome and I didn’t even realize it until the episode was posted! Also, I tested the tensile strength of the CiscoLive sign.
Thinking about remote site networks in a totally new way.
This week Cisco announced a new member of the Integrated Services Router family. The ISR 4451-X might not seem that unique at first glance. Here’s Cisco releasing another new router that adds to their already extensive branch router portfolio – the ISR G2. However, the newest ISR really is a #GameChanger when it comes to building a modern, future-proof network designed with business critical applications in mind.
That isn’t just marketing fluff in this case. The ISR 4451-X was designed from the ground up with rich network services and application delivery in mind. It really is the first platform conceived and built from the very beginning with a laser focus on application experience in a remote branch office. Maybe we even need a new name because in some ways it really is changing what it means to be a “router.”
When we started thinking about designing a new high-end branch router, several things were happening simultaneously with our large Enterprise customers. First, the role of applications was changing in the network. With modern business-critical applications being delivered across the wide-area network are now critical for keeping the front doors open, the network is now more critical than ever to businesses of all types. Read More »