Enterprise network boost

Cisco Systems has announced application networking services (ANS) as its latest advanced technology, demonstrating the growing customer demand for improved interaction of applications with their enterprise networks.

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By  Angela Sutherland Published  December 11, 2005

Cisco Systems has announced application networking services (ANS) as its latest advanced technology, demonstrating the growing customer demand for improved interaction of applications with their enterprise networks. The vendor says the new solution will help IT companies drive higher return-on-investment (ROI) by improving the performance of critical business applications, while lowering operational costs and expanding IT flexibility. The ANS solutions are a core part of the Cisco service-oriented network architecture (SONA) for the enterprise, which enables customers to evolve their IT infrastructures toward the Cisco intelligent information network (IIN). Large organisations increasingly use software applications to implement core business processes across their extended enterprises. This creates challenges of rapidly increasing infrastructure complexity, the need for consolidation, new network security threats, increasing scale, escalating system integration costs, and the need to deliver optimum application performance to all users regardless of location. Traditional approaches to solving these complex IT problems, such as intensive customisation and integration projects, have created additional complexity and new challenges. Cisco claims its technology addresses these increasingly complex IT problems by evolving the existing enterprise network infrastructure to scale, deliver, optimize, and integrate applications. In the July 2005 Forrester Research report, Acquisitions Transform App Acceleration Market, Robert Whiteley wrote, "The market for application acceleration solutions has become a lot less complex over the past 18 months...Enterprises will benefit from having one vendor optimizing their end-to-end business flows. Cisco Systems — with the most complete application acceleration portfolio — is currently best-positioned to lead the market.” Cisco says its ANS solutions combine application delivery with its application-oriented networking to help IT departments integrate their applications, optimise their network and improve the delivery of critical applications to users across the enterprise. By bringing these application-focused solutions together into a single advanced technology category, Cisco is providing a complete networking solution for enabling businesses to effectively respond to changing business conditions, in real-time. "Cisco is helping customers to achieve greater utilisation and effectiveness of their IT investments," says Charles Giancarlo, senior vice president and chief development officer at Cisco Systems. “Our latest advanced technology builds on Cisco's understanding of networked applications to increase enterprises' return on their IT investments. It enhances the deployment, operation, and delivery of business applications to increase the productivity of IT and of users across the extended enterprise," he adds.

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