Cisco develops self-healing tools

Self-healing technologies have garnered increasing publicity over the last year. However, relatively little noise has been made about solutions for delivering this functionality into the networking space.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 23, 2003

Self-healing technologies have garnered increasing publicity over the last year. However, relatively little noise has been made about solutions and strategies for delivering this functionality into the networking space.

Despite this low profile, Cisco Systems is one of the main supporters of self-healing networks. In a general sense, the technology will prove beneficial in providing greater redundancy or resiliency. Additionally, it will also enable enterprises to achieve service levels more efficiently, as well as allowing users to predict the needs of their networking infrastructure and automate tasks to deal with them.

Cisco also highlights the fact that greater resiliency and availability will, in turn, deliver better support to mission critical applications.

“Customers’ CFOs and CIOs recognise the value proposition that self-healing networks deliver in terms of supporting business and mission critical applications as well as services. This encompasses availability and resilient IT networks,” says Bassem Alkharrat, systems engineer, Cisco Systems, Middle East & North Africa.

Furthermore, Alkharrat stresses the business gains that users can achieve by having a more effective network infrastructure. “We understand the productivity gains and user satisfaction of self-healing networks. Customers today have zero tolerance for network outages in critical areas. [So] self-healing networks can also provide a competitive edge,” he explains.

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