June 13, 2012, 11:27 AM — SAN DIEGO -- As expected, Cisco this week rolled out the Cloud Connected Solution, software for its ISR and ASR routers that's designed to enable enterprises to implement and access cloud networks and services.
Cloud Connected Solution also includes a Cloud Services Router (CSR), a virtual router that lets enterprises extend their VPNs into the cloud. Cloud service providers can offer CSR, which runs on a Cisco UCS server, as a "network-as-a-service" product, Cisco says.
Cisco made the announcement at the Cisco Live user conference here this morning.
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According to Cisco's Global Cloud Networking Survey for 2012, the majority of IT "decision makers" cite a cloud-ready network as the biggest requirement to foster the migration of business applications to the cloud. It is against this backdrop that Cisco developed the Connected Cloud Solution.
In addition to CSR, Cloud Connected Solution includes software called Cloud Connectors; AppNav for managing clusters of physical and virtual Cisco WAAS WAN optimizers as a single resource pool; Application Visibility and Control (AVC) software for routers for optimizing cloud application delivery; a new 1RU form factor for the ASR 1002-X edge router; and the Cisco UCS E-Series server modules on the ISR G2 routers.
Here are more details on those Cloud Connected Solution offerings:
*Cloud Connectors run on the UCS E-Series modules. These software modules are designed to improve the performance, security and availability of cloud services and applications.
*Third-party software developers can write applications and services to the Cloud Connectors, and Cisco is also offering its own Cloud Connector services: Cisco Hosted Collaboration Services, ScanSafe Web-based security service and the CTERA Storage Connector for voice and application survivability.