July 17, 2012

Cisco Cloud Connected Solution: Prepare Your Network for the Cloud


Enterprises, small businesses, and governments are looking to cloud-based solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges: reducing costs, reaching new levels of efficiency, and creating innovative business models. Cloud services and applications offer compelling economics by reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) through sharing of cloud assets and dynamic, on-demand delivery of services. Clouds enable flexible business models that allow applications and services to be launched more rapidly, with greater and more scalable efficiency, regardless of the geography or size of the business.

Yet users who work with applications demand a high-quality, high-performance, and secure cloud experience. However, cloud services place new demands and requirements on the enterprise network. The way applications are delivered and consumed has been fundamentally changed by the cloud and will continue to change drastically. The traditional enterprise network, and specifically the WAN, is a critical component that connects users and devices to cloud services, is not designed to support these new challenges. The WAN often lacks the performance, security, reliability, and application visibility and monitoring tools that are essential for deploying cloud services.

To meet these new challenges, some networking vendors advocate only point products or partial solutions. Although these solutions may be adequate as temporary measures, Cisco believes that the true solution lies in making the network infrastructure "cloud intelligent." With this type of solution, the enterprise network can truly optimize cloud application performance within the available bandwidth to deliver a high-quality user experience, especially for the high-demand applications of today and tomorrow.

The Cisco® Cloud Connected solution delivers an excellent alternative to solve these new networking challenges, enabling organizations to efficiently connect users to the cloud with the confidence, performance, and security of a private network.

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