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Cisco Pumps Branch Offices

HONOLULU -- Cisco today announced new
solutions that further optimize branch offices of all sizes, allowing companies to customize
branch networks to meet their unique business needs. By opening its industry-leading Cisco
Integrated Services Router (ISR) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) platforms
to customers and third-party application developers, Cisco enables its customers to optimize the
branch infrastructure while extending their accessibility to business resources. It also provides
Cisco channel partners with new opportunities to deliver differentiated solutions and services that
better align with customers’ business needs.

Cisco also introduced an array of new security, wireless and unified communication products and
service innovations that elevate branch-office worker productivity and deliver information
technology (IT) operational efficiencies.

Cisco continues to enhance its Empowered Branch solution set (see press release titled “Cisco
Integrated Services Router Achieves 4 Million Milestone”), and highlights of today’s new
offerings include:

  • Cisco Application eXtension Platform. The Cisco AXP consists of open, Linux-based
    Cisco ISR hardware modules for application development and hosting to support a tighter
    integration of the network and applications. Multiple off-the-shelf and custom applications
    are available today, along with a development and support ecosystem that includes a
    downloadable software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API)
    for application developers.
  • Cisco WAAS WAE-674 Wide Area Application Engine with Virtual Blade Technology.
    Further opening the branch to third-party applications, the newest Cisco wide-area network
    (WAN) optimization platform, the Cisco WAE-674, takes advantage of unique “virtual
    blade” technology to host third-party applications, beginning with Microsoft Windows Server
  • Cisco 880 and 860 Series ISR. These are the first fixed-configuration routers to provide
    integrated lightweight access points supporting Cisco Unified Wireless and IEEE 802.11n
    wireless local-area network (LAN) technology, 3G wireless WAN support for improved high
    availability, and specialized support for managed services.
  • Enhanced Unified Communications and manageability. Cisco also introduced
    enhancements to Cisco Unified Border Element and integrated management of voice, security
    and data services with new Cisco Configuration Professional Management Software.

    Cisco Opens Network Platform to Third Parties for Application Innovation
    The Cisco AXP offers tighter integration between the network and business applications to help
    customers achieve greater business efficiencies and innovation. Based on an open Linux
    architecture with an open interface to Cisco IOS® Software, the Cisco AXP is delivered via
    network modules and Advanced Integration Modules (AIMs) on the Cisco ISR. Multiple
    applications can be supported on a single AXP module concurrently, optimizing the footprint in
    branch offices.

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