Virtualized Application Delivery with Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE)

By Cisco Systems
Published June 2007; Posted November 2007


Abstract:


Deployed as a service module in the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches for ease of deployment and use, the Cisco ACE delivers superior performance, scalability, high-availability, application acceleration, and data center firewalling capabilities. Cisco ACE simplifies the application infrastructure by offering a single point of policy control in the network with the industry's only virtualized architecture.

The Cisco ACE solution provides the following benefits:

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Application rollout velocity: Reduces time required to deploy and upgrade crucial applications

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Data center cost reduction: Reduces costs and resource requirements associated with data center application infrastructure

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Application performance: Provides the industry-leading performance, scalability, and availability for data center application delivery

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Application infrastructure control: Gives IT organizations a next-generation solution to better control the way they deploy, operate, and manage data center application infrastructure with virtual partitioning and RBAC

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Data center firewalling: Helps ensure that crucial applications, infrastructure, and data are protected from abuse and misuse

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Network simplification: Minimizes the cost and complexity of the network and reduces the number of devices and vendors required


The unique virtualization capabilities of Cisco ACE enable the support of numerous applications and departments in multiple isolated virtual devices on a single Cisco ACE module, resulting in optimized capacity utilization, decreased deployment costs, improved workflow, and decreased power consumption costs.

It is important to note that the Cisco virtualization implementation is at the device-level, allowing all aspects of the physical device to be virtualized. Other vendors limit their support of virtualization to access-control capabilities and do not offer device-level virtualization equivalent to that offered by Cisco ACE.
 

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