What to expect from Cisco’s new network design and infrastructure tools
Cisco has announced new products, a new set of tools and a slew of updates to Cisco Advanced Network Design, the company’s network engineering tools for the enterprise.
Cisco will soon be releasing an Advanced Network design, which will offer new tools for managing network infrastructure.CISCO’s new Advanced Network product offers tools for building and managing enterprise-grade infrastructure, including network and virtualization, virtualization services, switches, and more.
The Advanced Network interface (AIN) product is the product of the Advanced Network Engineering (ANE) product.
The AIN is a suite of network, storage, and networking technologies that provide IT with a complete view of all network operations.CNET spoke with Cisco’s head of network and technology development, David Schoenig, about the new product, and how Cisco is making it better for customers.
What are Cisco’s priorities in this product?
David Schoenich: The goal is to help our customers build better, more efficient, and faster network infrastructure, and to make it easier to manage their network.
We’re also working on some new features to help with the integration of new network products, such as Cisco Advanced Logistics.
In addition to providing more tools to manage and deploy network services, Cisco is introducing a new interface for Logistics, which is a set of networking technologies, such the Cisco AIN, which are used for managing and delivering network services.CORE has worked with Cisco for years, and they’re very excited to help Cisco customers.
We want to support Cisco products, we’re really excited about that, but at the same time, we know we need to make sure our customers have the best network solutions.
We want to make them feel comfortable with the tools they’re using.CNBC: Are the products that are coming from Cisco going to be used by customers?
David Scheinig: The Cisco AAN is used by a lot of Cisco customers, so the AIN itself is not going to replace them.
They will be using Cisco Advanced network design.CNTB: Can Cisco use AIN in the future?
David: Absolutely, because the AAN itself is part of the AENE, which means it’s going to make the best use of the Cisco network.CNCB: How will Cisco manage this new product?
Will there be a new management console for managing this new tool?
David Schnetzer: We have a new AIN console, which we’ll make available in the coming weeks.
CNCB will have an update on that when we know more.
What other changes have Cisco made to improve network security and reliability?
David Schneier: In addition, Cisco has added a new security feature called Advanced Logistical Network Security.
This new feature helps network administrators keep track of what’s happening with their network and its connectivity, and helps them detect network threats and help defend against them.CERN’s Advanced Logistic Network Security (ALNSS) is a collection of security features, including threat and remediation controls, to help network administrators protect against network intrusion.CERT will be releasing a new tool to help manage network security on the Cisco Catalyst 7000 switches, which use the Cisco Advanced Networks (CANN) technology.CANN is a high-performance networking protocol for Cisco’s Catalyst 7000 and 7000 Series switches.
It provides improved performance for higher-bandwidth, lower-latency applications and devices.CERNA will be updating its tool for Cisco Catalyst switches to include the Cisco AMP technology.
This allows users to quickly and easily manage the Cisco ASN.2 network, and CERNA is making the tool available as an in-line tool for all Cisco switches.
What about Cisco’s existing network design tools?
What will the new network interface do?
Cisco has made many changes to Cisco Network Management System (NMS) to improve performance, reliability and security for its customers.
These include the introduction of the Networking Control Center, which can be used to manage network resources, and the Network Logical Security Policy Manager, which lets network administrators identify security risks in network resources.CIST has also updated its Networking Center to offer more granular control over network resources and access, such that you can better prioritize network resources that need to be deployed and manage them more efficiently.
CIST also updated the Cisco Security Center to provide more granularity, such a ability to add or remove a resource from the network, or disable it altogether.CSC has added the Cisco-powered Security Center, a tool for managing security policies across Cisco products.
CSC also has added two new network-based security controls, Cisco Security Control Group (CSG) and Cisco Security Guard (CSCG), which allow administrators to manage a group of network resources through a single dashboard.CISC has also added the new Cisco Security Management (CISM) interface, which allows administrators to monitor network resources across Cisco devices