Cisco unveils application-oriented networking

The next phase of the intelligent information network provides network-embedded intelligence for secure application communication.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  June 29, 2005

Cisco Systems has launched its application-oriented networking (AON) solution, a technology that adds intelligence to the network, enabling the network to better understand business-application communications to support more effective and efficient business decisions. Cisco’s approach to AON is based on technology that moves beyond the packet level to read application-to-application messages flowing within the network – such as purchase orders, investment transactions, or shipment approvals. With AON, the network now speaks the language of applications. This new technology supports Cisco’s vision for the Intelligent Information Network and is the first network-embedded intelligent message routing system that integrates application message-level communication, visibility, and security into the fabric of the network. “The nature of the enterprise network is evolving from a low-function communication service to a high-function enterprise nervous system (ENS). This is changing application design and IT management practices in fundamental ways. In a conventional architecture, intelligent application systems interact through a low-function, fairly dumb network. In an ENS-based architecture, by contrast, the network is as intelligent as the applications. The ENS offloads logic from the application systems by transforming and redirecting messages and providing other services as appropriate,” explains Roy Schulte, Gartner’s vice president and research fellow.

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