Welcome!

Cloud Expo Authors: Aria Blog, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, AppDynamics Blog, Mike Kavis

News Feed Item

Cisco Delivers Advanced Traffic Visibility and Control With New WAN Automation Engine

Latest Addition to the Cisco Evolved Services Platform Automates Functions Across the Network to Increase Agility, Improve Top-Line Business Results and Save Service Providers Up to 45 Percent

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/18/14 -- To help service providers reduce operating expenses and drive new revenue streams embracing the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it has added the Cisco WAN Automation Engine (WAE) to its Evolved Services Platform (ESP), marking another key milestone in the company's network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined-networking (SDN) strategy. These new capabilities will provide service providers with tools they need to analyze, visualize and control functions across multi-vendor, wide area networks (WAN).

With worldwide mobile data traffic projected to increase nearly 11-fold during the next four years, more pressure than ever will be placed on the foundation supporting it all -- the network. The explosive growth of the IoE presents service providers with a significant business opportunity, but it is difficult to obtain a global view of available capacity and its associated utilization by different services over the IP network. This impedes overall network optimization.

The Cisco® WAE offers service providers capabilities that reduce operational expenditures and enable applications that can increase revenues. Given the fluctuating network bandwidth needs of service providers, the Cisco WAE automates bandwidth scheduling and calendaring, circumventing congested network paths and delivering "bandwidth on demand," which can be used and purchased only when needed. Automating these functionalities can deliver a more than 90 percent return on investment (ROI) during the first year of deployment and a total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction of up to 45 percent.

WAE builds on the success the Cisco advanced network planning, design and traffic management software solution -- MATE -- which is currently deployed by more than 60 leading global service providers, including TDS Telecom (TDS), WOW! and XO Communications. Service providers worldwide are using MATE to optimize the network in a variety of ways, such as predicting the effects of traffic demands and better understanding hotspots and costly chronic congestion. By integrating MATE with WAE, service providers can extend MATE's capabilities and bring new levels of visibility, reliability and stability to IP traffic management and control.

Technology Highlights -- Cisco WAE and MATE

  • Situational and Predictive Analysis: Uses historical traffic data and anticipated demand to produce real-time and predictive models that increase overall service velocity; calculates high traffic "what-if" analysis while offering solutions for ultimate load balancing; utilizes flexible policy routing to enforce latency and utilization constraints for overall network optimization.

  • Traffic Visualization: Enables an accurate "total WAN" topology view with comprehensive modeling; collects and models traffic, equipment and topology data while maintaining the "state" of each and then maps everything together for holistic, real-time network transparency; utilizes time-sequenced global models to provide accurate forecasting across thousands of WAN nodes.

  • Control and Automated Provisioning: Extends Cisco ESP advanced orchestration and management across the WAN and dynamically assesses total traffic views to allow on-the-fly WAN reconfiguration of path calculations.

Cisco's Approach to Virtualization
"Service providers sit at the center of the IoE economy and have the ability to capitalize on the significant market opportunity it presents," said Gee Rittenhouse, vice president of engineering, Cisco. "As the network grows in size and complexity, service providers must continue to roll out new services and focus on optimizing the network. Cisco is committed to providing a complete portfolio of virtualization offerings to help reduce costs and add even greater value by enabling increased agility and elasticity."

With the industry's most open, elastic and extensible approach to SDN, the Cisco WAE enhances the capabilities of Cisco's ESP, which is a key element of the company's Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy. At the foundation of it all is the Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), which is the infrastructure layer consisting of physical and virtual devices working together to form an end-to-end unified fabric for a programmable network.

Customer Validation
Global service providers recognize the importance of using the Cisco WAE and MATE to deliver new experiences and expand revenue opportunities.

"We expect to implement Cisco's WAN Automation Engine to intelligently map our services to our transport across our core using cutting-edge SDN technology," said Henry Hou, general manager for the Network Platform Department at Tencent. "And, we anticipate significant cost reductions and highly efficient operations, even as we explore revenue-generating services using the WAN Automation Engine."

"The WAN Automation Engine provides straightforward interfaces to allow us with our capabilities, to develop network-aware applications such as bandwidth calendaring, automated maintenance planning and dynamic network configuration based on quality-of-experience monitoring," said Camillo Ascione, chief technology officer of Italtel. "Our mutual customers are ideally suited to benefit from Cisco MATE and its evolution towards WAE to control multivendor networks."

"As our business grows and the complexity of our multi-vendor, best-of-breed network increases, we need agility in our planning cycles that only Cisco MATE Design is able to provide," said Ken Paker, vice president of Network Services and chief technology officer, TDS.

"With Cisco Evolved Services Platform, XO delivers reliable networking service to our customers, including over half the Fortune 500, facilitating connectivity for a host of unified communications, data networking and mobility initiatives," said Don MacNeil, chief operating officer of XO Communications. "Leveraging Cisco MATE for automated, multivendor networks of tomorrow enables seamless transport of voice and data between customer locations and their multi-cloud environments."

"Cisco MATE Design shows us where we need to traffic engineer, optimize, or add or rearrange capacity on the fly," said Eric Fligel, vice president, Network Engineering, Wow!. "We have a best-of-breed network, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform portfolio was able to adapt to the underlying equipment from multiple suppliers. Ease of use, visibility, and complete support for our heterogeneous, multivendor networks are high benchmarks met by Cisco."

Supporting Resources

Tags/Keywords
Cisco, Cisco WAE, Cisco MATE, MATE, Cisco Elastic Services Platform, Unified Platform, virtualized, network function virtualization, NfV, software-defined networking, SDN, software, hardware

RSS Feed for Cisco: http://newsroom.cisco.com/rss-feeds

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Press Contact:
Jim Brady
Cisco
(408) 424-2150
[email protected]

Industry Analyst Contact:
Carter Cromwell
Cisco
(408) 526-6914
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contact:
Marilyn Mora
Cisco
(408) 527-7452
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@CloudExpo Stories
CodeFutures has announced Dan Lynn as its new CEO. Lynn assumes the role from Founder Cory Isaacson, who has joined RMS and will now serve as chairman of CodeFutures. Lynn brings more than 14 years of advanced technology and business success experience, and will help CodeFutures build on its industry leadership around its Agile Big Data initiatives. His technical expertise will be invaluable in advancing CodeFutures’ AgilData platform and new processes for streamlining and gaining value from gro...
In this scenarios approach Joe Thykattil, Technology Architect & Sales at TimeWarner / Navisite, presented examples that will allow business-savvy professionals to make informed decisions based on a sound business model. This model covered the technology options in detail as well as a financial analysis. The TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and ROI (Return on Investment) demonstrated how to start, develop and formulate a business case that will allow both small and large scale projects to achieve...
IBM has announced a new strategic technology services agreement with Anthem, Inc., a health benefits company in the U.S. IBM has been selected to provide operational services for Anthem's mainframe and data center server and storage infrastructure for the next five years. Among the benefits of the relationship, Anthem has the ability to leverage IBM Cloud solutions that will help increase the ease, availability and speed of adding infrastructure to support new business requirements.
SYS-CON Media announced that Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow, has launched a new ad campaign in Cloud Computing Journal. The ad campaign, a webcast titled 'Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy?', focuses on the latest data center networking technologies, including SDN or ACI, and how customers are using SDN and ACI in their organizations to achieve business agility. The Cisco webcast is available on-demand.
Cloud and Big Data present unique dilemmas: embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? In...
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. Everything you know today will change. Keeping up with this changing landscape is already a daunting task. Your organization needs to use the latest tools, methods and ex...
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, the leading independent Cloud Foundry and Docker-based PaaS provider, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that ...
Mobile commerce traffic is surpassing desktop, yet less than 20% of sales in the U.S. are mobile commerce sales. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Franklin, Segment Manager, Commerce, at Verizon Digital Media Services, defined mobile devices and discussed how next generation means simplification. It means taking your digital content and turning it into instantly gratifying experiences.
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile ...
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, de...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core...
Cloud services are the newest tool in the arsenal of IT products in the market today. These cloud services integrate process and tools. In order to use these products effectively, organizations must have a good understanding of themselves and their business requirements. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Brian Lewis, Principal Architect at Verizon Cloud, outlined key areas of organizational focus, and how to formalize an actionable plan when migrating applications and internal services to the ...
"SOASTA built the concept of cloud testing in 2008. It's grown from rather meager beginnings to where now we are provisioning hundreds of thousands of servers on a daily basis on behalf of customers around the world to test their applications," explained Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end-to-end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize sup...
Vormetric on Wednesday announced the results of its 2015 Insider Threat Report (ITR), conducted online on their behalf by Harris Poll and in conjunction with analyst firm Ovum in fall 2014 among 818 IT decision makers in various countries, including 408 in the United States. The report details striking findings around how U.S. and international enterprises perceive security threats, the types of employees considered most dangerous, environments at the greatest risk for data loss and the steps or...
“DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
"Verizon Digital Media Services is responsible for the broadcast, video and content delivery network that accelerates, scales and helps our customers reach end users with all kinds of video and web content," stated James Segil, CMO of Verizon Digital Media Services, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Docker is becoming very popular--we are seeing every major private and public cloud vendor racing to adopt it. It promises portability and interoperability, and is quickly becoming the currency of the Cloud. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState, discussed why Docker is so important to the future of the cloud, but will also take a step back and show that Docker is actually only one piece of the puzzle. Copeland will outline the bigger picture of where Docker fits a...