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Cisco Extends SDN Into Distributed Networks

Cisco moves software-defined networking out of the data center and into campus and branch networks.

Building upon its software-defined networking vision, Cisco has announced a module for its SDN controller that provides functionality in the LAN and WAN.

The Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module extends Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform beyond the data center -- where SDN has been previously focused -- to provide policy-based automation and configuration for end-user applications across the enterprise.

Cisco emphasized that applying the principles of SDN to the distributed network can greatly reduce the burden of network operations, estimating that an average network administrator could save 36% of his/her time by using Cisco APIC.

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