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Cisco bulks up branch routers for cloud

Jim Duffy | Oct. 3, 2014
ISRs support hybrid WAN access and new Cisco ONE software licensing.

A non-US grocery store chain is using Cisco ISRs with Akamai Connect, an enhancement to Cisco ISR-AX branch routers that better optimizes HTTP traffic using WAN optimization with content caching, to support Google apps and guest WiFi over bandwidth constrained links.

The software intelligence for hybrid WAN, and many other Cisco offerings, will come from Cisco ONE software, a new packaging and licensing consumption model from the company. Cisco ONE software will include suites in this case, WAN Foundation Suite that combine base functionality, plus management and energy efficiency applications, for example; software license portability, so users won't have to re-license software when they switch to a comparable hardware platform; and licensing options such as perpetual, subscription and transactional, with the ability to freely receive enhancements to theor software suites if they have a maintenance contract.

A new management application, Cisco Prime 2.2, will ship next month that can be used in the Cisco ONE WAN suite. Advanced versions of the Cisco ONE WAN software will include collaboration and threat defense capabilities, such as Sourcefire Intrusion Detection and malware protection for cloud web security.

Cisco ONE is in controlled availability now. The perpetual license will be available by the end of this year. The four new ISR 4000s are available now. They are priced from $1,995 to $18,000 in non-AX and AX versions.


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