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Cisco reveals a whole new range of software-based systems

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February 22, 2017

Cisco said earlier today it has launched a whole new range of software-based systems, in response to a lower demand of its products in the first quarter.

This announcement is for new software-based routing and security offerings at the branch, colocation, and data center level.

Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) has had its first outings in carrier networks, but Cisco says it's now ready for enterprise applications.

NFV refers to taking capabilities that used to built into firewalls, load balancers, SSL accelerators and so on, and instead offering them as virtual appliances to networking and system admins.

The Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) 5400 Series is an NFV platform to take routing, security, and WAN optimisation out to the office branch or satellite without having to ship the device out to the branches.

Next on the list is the Cisco Secure Agile Exchange, which virtualizes the network perimeter. Wherever a user makes a connection from, they get the same services on the same virtualized network.

There's also a new version of the Identity Services Engine, version 2.2, which the company says looks deeper into endpoints' applications, with “DEFCON” escalation policy.

The software-defined three-letter acronym gets a new third letter: SD Segmentation, added to TrustSec. It's designed to isolate attacks and stop threats moving around a network, by letting system admins push appropriate policies out faster.

It's implemented in TrustSec 6.1, which is now available across the company's enterprise networking solutions.

There's no doubt that Cisco is moving towards SDN and NFV, and the DNA platform came out early last year. We'll keep you posted.

Source: Cisco.


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