Today In Products: Cisco adds to Catalyst line


Cisco announces application delivery and acceleration solution

Cisco Systems today announced the release of Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE), with up to 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) of throughput, rich multi-layer security, and virtual partitioning capabilities.

The ACE multi-service module for Catalyst 6500 Series Switch allows for 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 off-load, application acceleration and application-layer security. Cisco ACE allows IT to control the infrastructure centrally while delegating application administration to separate operational teams. Cisco ACE also simplifies application infrastructures, shortens the workflow necessary to bring applications and business services online, and shortens time-to-deployment of applications.

Cisco Application Control Engine module is available in configurations that support up to 4, 8 and 16 Gbps throughput-levels for US$39,995, US$59,995 and US$99,995 respectively. The scalable architecture of the Cisco ACE family allows customers to upgrade performance and scalability of the ACE through purchase of software licenses. The AVS application security software module will be available in early May and is priced at US$10,000.

Solace Systems releases routing system
Solace Systems announced the launch of VRS/32 Value-Added Services (VAS) Routing System. Solace’s VRS/32 platform adds content-awareness to existing IP/MPLS networks.

With the scalable VRS architecture, service providers can deliver utility-style on demand computing by embedding key application-level functionality directly into the network. By deploying the VRS/32 VAS Routing System, carrier networks become on demand content networks where publishers of information are decoupled from subscribers, leaving networks to manage content and security in between. The network uses special purpose hardware within the Solace VRS/32 routers to evaluate application content and make filtering, routing and transformation decisions as shared services on behalf of all applications.

The VRS/32 VAS Router, VRS/32-02 XML Routing Module and VRS/32-04 XSLT Transformation Module are available now. The VRS/32-06 Advanced Interface Module is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2006.


MGE introduces power protection for So/Ho and Retail Applications
MGE UPS Systems released Nova AVR 600 and 1100VA line-interactive Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs). These new systems are specifically designed to protect home PCs, networked workstations and point of sale (POS) systems against damaging power disturbances.

Users can easily access information about the UPS and monitor important functions such as power availability, battery capacity and automatic system shutdown using a standard Web browser or network management console.

The Nova AVR models, which incorporate automatic voltage regulation (AVR) to provide a wide tolerance to power fluctuations, also assure protection against damaging power surges to telephone, fax, modem and Internet lines. In addition, the units’ line-interactive technology reduces input voltage fluctuations saving battery capacity during brownouts, sags or surges.

The units store enough battery power to keep typical PCs running for 15 to 45 minutes, depending on model and configuration. The Nova AVR models sport front panel indicator lights to display on/off, replace batteries and overload. The unit’s batteries are user-replaceable maximizing uptime and environmental protection.

Available now with pricing starting at US$115. The Nova AVR models are available in 600 and 1100VA models with and without USB communications. The units meet worldwide standards for safety and performance including UL and cUL and hold the CE mark for overseas markets.

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