Cisco unveils new Unified Access solutions

Cisco, a provider of Internet protocol, or IP, -based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology, has announced new solutions under the Cisco Unified Access umbrella.

Cisco Unified Access includes features such as software-defined networking (SDN) open interfaces, which offer investment protection through support of new features in the future.

According to the company, the Cisco Unified Access network architecture converges processing of wired and wireless traffic into a single data plane, based on the new Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC.

This new ASIC terminates wired and wireless traffic, provides high performance and scale, and enables consistent services to be applied to both wired and wireless, simplifying life for network administrators. The UADP ASIC features a programmable data plane, enabling deployment of software-defined networking services, the company said.

Cisco has also announced two new Cisco Unified Access networking products featuring the UADP ASIC: new Cisco Catalyst 3850 Unified Access Switch; and new Cisco 5760 Unified Access WLAN Controller.

Additionally, Cisco announced new versions of the Cisco Unified Access policy and management solutions: new Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 1.2 and new Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0.

Cisco Unified Access is composed of: One network includes an access layer that handles the onslaught of new devices and applications, introducing: The new Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switch, a new IOS-based Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller device and Cisco onePK open architecture for software-defined networking.

Cisco Unified Access is also composed of one policy to manage a context-based central policy across wired, wireless and VPN networks, including: Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and the new Cisco ISE 1.2 release.

Additionally, Cisco Unified Access includes one management which features Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0.

Rob Soderbery, senior vice president, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco said: "Customers want a simple, highly secure network with reduced TCO that allows them to address new access requirements such as BYOD and new innovative line of business applications. Cisco Unified Access allows customers to achieve these goals by moving away from individual vertical stacks of technology and disparate components toward a single architecture for an intelligent network."