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Cisco Provides Consolidation Options For the Enterprise

On Monday, Cisco Systems unveiled a new solution that will help enterprise VARs offer more robust and secure application delivery while creating ongoing revenue streams.

Targeted primarily at large enterprises that want to consolidate data centers and server farms, the Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE), a multifunction module for the Catalyst 6500 switch, allows IT managers to deploy, deliver, secure and manage applications. It is designed to streamline IT workflow processes during application deployments and upgrades via virtual partitioning--the delegation of application management tasks to distributed IT teams,

The partitions allow IT managers to use a single ACE module segmented up to 250 logical devices that can be separately managed and operated by hierarchical-management domains and role-based access control.

"Different groups from HR or accounting, for example, each have their own security, server and network teams and can manage their own set of services using the partitions," says George Kurian, vice president and general manager of Cisco's application group. The partitions also mean IT can add new applications, consolidate data centers and simplify their network topologies.

The new solution also should provide partners with a chance to deploy the Lifecycle Services that Cisco has been encouraging partners to phase into their lineup.

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