Cisco makes play for web acceleration


Cisco makes play for web acceleration

Antony Savvas

Cisco Systems is forming a business unit to offer users new application acceleration and network optimisation products.

The move comes four months after Cisco’s acquisition of Fineground Networks, a specialist in these areas.

Cisco has formed the Application Networking Delivery business unit, which will offer the Application Velocity System appliances, designed to improve the performance of datacentres.

The AVS 3180 and AVS 3120 appliances accelerate and optimise HTML or XML-based applications going over HTTP or HTTPS networks. Cisco is offering an application monitoring console as a separate product.

The company has also consolidated its separate content caching and wide area file system (WAFS) products onto a single hardware platform with the new wide area application engine (WAE) for branch offices.

The WAE is designed to allow users to reduce the number of servers in the datacentre while delivering improved performance for remote users across the wide area network.

Cisco is competing against F5 Networks and Juniper Networks in the application acceleration and network optimisation market.

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