What is Cloud Connected for the Enterprise?

June 12, 2012 - 0 Comments

Earlier today we had a brief press conference introducing our Cloud Connected solutions that enable you to connect users to the cloud with confidence. And you can get the meaty detail tomorrow [June 13 @ 8am PDT] when we have a special episode of TechwiseTV on CiscoLive365 with Jimmy Ray Purser and Robb Boyd showcasing these new solutions, doing a technical deep dive, and kicking the proverbial tires. You can get a sneak peek here as Jimmy Ray took a stroll through our CiscoLive demo space.  As you can see in the picture to the right, Robb is very excited for these new solutions!  [He said I could post this picture, muahaha]

AppNav – Best of Interop, No Longer A Secret!

The first solution we’ll review is AppNav.  You may have already heard of it as it won Best of Interop just a few weeks ago.  Now we can finally tell people what it is.   Basically, it allows you to take a bunch of WAAS appliances in your network and make them appear as one giant smart virtual WAAS.  We’re calling it ‘scale-as-you-grow’ WAN optimization control, orchestration, and cluster management. The really neat thing is that you can then utilize the power of all of these appliances and have granular control down to the level of the application protocol.  You still have all of the control and finesse of an individual WAAS but now can create a network-wide megaWAAS!

<Obligatory Personal Story> When I was a kid, my favorite cartoon was Voltron. As I was watching the above video I kept thinking, “AppNav is VOLTRON!”. Or maybe, since it’s virtual, we’d have to call it vOLTRON!</Story>


AVC – A Very Cool Demo

Next on Jimmy Ray’s trip was the AVC demo.  AVC stands for Application, Visibility, and Control and is a tool we have for helping customers with their top cloud concerns – reliability, performance, and visibility as they connect the apps running on the cloud to their end users in disparate branch, home, and campus offices.   With so many applications running over HTTP, you need to be able to look beyond just IP address or port, and get more granular with deep packet inspection.

AVC utilizes the network embedded intelligence such as NBAR2, Netflow9, Performance Agent (PA) and hierarchical QoS on our enterprise routers, the Cisco ASR 1000 and the Cisco ISR G2 series.

This demo also has a very cool side-by-side of what it looks like when you’re trying to run a virtual desktop with WAN optimization and without. It’s pretty cool.


UCS-E Your New Blade Server

Jimmy Ray also visited the UCS E -Series Server Modules for the ISR G2 – a data-center blade server for the branch that enables customers to deploy a single converged networking and compute platform designed specifically for remote office and branch office infrastructure consolidation.   There are two versions and they are configurable to support up to 48 Gigabytes of RAM and three Terabytes of local storage.


Survivability to Make Your Admin’s Life Easier

Next, Jimmy Ray did a quick clothing swap* and stopped by the Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST) manager for Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) demo.  The new manager is virtual code that can run on any virtual machine and it can grab all the configuration info (speed dial lists, etc.) for up to 1000 sites, turn that GUI info into an IOS-based CLI and store it in an ISR G2 branch router.  All phone specific configurations are preserved during fallback so if the network goes down, your data comes right back up.


CSR – A Fundamentals Video on Our Newest Router

Finally, while this isn’t technically a demo, I have the video Robb was pointing at (of himself) – Fundamentals  of the new Cloud Services Router 1000v.  Enterprises can now transparently extend a WAN to off-premises clouds, and cloud providers can offer enterprise-class networking services to their tenants.


To get an even deeper dive on these new technologies, check out the TechwiseTV Episode tomorrow, June 13, at 8am PDT on CiscoLive365. After, we’ll be answering questions on Twitter @CiscoEnterprise.



* Ok, maybe this was filmed on a different day – or maybe someone got a little too excited to meet him and forgot they were holding coffee.

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