Cisco Unveils Application-Centric Architecture
June 27, 2013
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At Cisco Live! in Orlando, Cisco unveiled a new data center networking architecture, designed to usher in the era of Application-Centric Infrastructure. Cisco’s architecture aims to transform data centers to better address the demands of new and current applications in the Cloud era.

Accelerated to market by Cisco’s investment in Insieme Networks, this fundamental shift to application-centric infrastructure will provide IT with the ability to quickly deliver business applications to end-users with a simpler operational model, scalable secure infrastructure, and at optimized cost.

This shift requires an open, programmable and automated infrastructure that is ready to handle the challenges of cloud deployment models and today’s Big Data applications.

The key attributes of the new architecture will include:

- Application Velocity (Any workload, anywhere): Application deployment time will be reduced via fully automated and programmatic network infrastructure.

- Common open platform for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure: The architecture will provide complete integration across physical and virtual applications normalizing endpoint access while delivering flexibility of software and performance, scale and visibility of hardware across multi-vendor virtualized, bare metal, distributed scale out and cloud applications.

- Systems Architecture: A holistic simplified approach with the integration of infrastructure, services, and security, coupled with real-time telemetry and extensibility to future services.

- Common Policy, Management and Operations: A common policy management framework and operational model driving automation across network, security and application teams that is extensible to compute and storage in the future.

- Open APIs, Open Source and Multivendor: Support of a broad ecosystem of partners empowered by a comprehensive published set of open APIs.

- Leverages the Best of Custom and Merchant Silicon: A balanced approach provides a faster rate of innovation and customer adoption while enabling a future proofed migration to Application Centric Infrastructure. This approach results in optimized price, performance, density, security and power while providing investment protection for existing cabling plants through innovation in the area of optics. As customers migrate to 40G today and 100G in the future, this approach allows them to optimize both their capital and operational expenditures.

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