Cisco Systems has launched its next-generation application delivery product, the Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE), with what it claims is the industry's highest performance, rich multi-layer security and unique virtual partitioning capabilities.
The ACE multi-service module for Catalyst 6500 Series Switch offers a number of new capabilities, including hundreds of virtual partitions, per-partition resource allocation, role-based access control and an XML management API. The ACE also consolidates functionality such as server load balancing and offload, application acceleration and application-layer security.
Cisco says the ACE allows IT departments to control infrastructures centrally while delegating application administration to separate operational teams. Cisco also attributes the ACE with simplifying application infrastructures, shortening the workflow necessary to bring applications and business services online, and shortening time-to-deployment of business critical applications. Specially, Oracle says the Cisco ACE improves the delivery performance of its Fusion Middleware 10g.
Also just launched is a new security software module for the Application Velocity System (AVS), an application acceleration and security appliance. The new module works seamlessly with Cisco ACE and adds bi-directional application inspection and protection while eliminating application vulnerabilities.
Cisco Application Control Engine is available now in configurations that support 4gbps, 8gbps and 16gbps throughput, costing £23,000, £34,000 and £57,000 respectively. The AVS application security software module will be available in early May and will cost £5,700.