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Cisco Rolls Out XML-Aware Network Architecture

This is important.  If one is interested in offering up some (limited) management control of the communication infrastructure to applications or to datacenter management platforms, it's great to offer them up as services (as in "Web services").  In so doing, one is creating a Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOI).

For us at Univa, the barriers to integrating our Grid infrastructure with the communication resources of an IT organization may have just become MUCH easier.   I'm looking forward to finding out a lot more about AON.

Link: InformationWeek > Networking > Cisco Rolls Out XML-Aware Network Architecture > June 21, 2005.

Cisco today unveiled its new Application-Oriented Networking (AON) architecture, designed to bring XML security and management to enterprise networks.

AON was developed in response to solve the increasingly difficult integration problems that enterprises face. By creating a network architecture intelligent enough to understand XML, Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) and the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Cisco is trying to create a holy grail of sorts for network managers -- the ability not only to integrate applications, but to embed that integration directly into the network.

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