Cisco rolled out a series of new cloud offerings this week, designed to increase the efficiency and security of cloud-based networks.

The offerings, announced at the company’s annual Cisco Live conference in Las Vegas, included Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switches for the data center and cloud, a Wide Area Application Service (WAAS) to improve application performance, and an IronPort email security offering.

“Virtualizing, performance, and security are three of the most fundamental requirements for building and using clouds,” Lew Tucker, Cisco’s chief technology officer for cloud computing, said in a statement. “As the number and diversity of clouds grow, meeting these requirements through a common, unifying platform – in other words, the network – will help organizations from all industries communicate and access information more dynamically and securely, both within their own clouds and with other clouds that are relevant to their needs.”

Cisco said new innovations to its WAAS technology will improve the performance of traditional and emerging applications, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), virtual desktops and high-quality video across wide area networks. The innovations include a context-aware data redundancy elimination (DRE) capability, which manages bandwidth more efficiently. The technology allows applications to perform better from such locations as remote or branch offices, because information doesn’t always need to be delivered from the data center. It detects data caching needs on a per-application and per-branch office basis.

In addition, the WAAS manager can manage up to 2,000 WAAS instances from a single interface.


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