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The Cisco® ACE Application Control Engine (ACE) Module for the Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series Switches and Cisco 7600 Series Routers represents the next-generation of application switches for maximizing availability, acceleration, and security of data center applications.
The Cisco ACE Module allows enterprises to accomplish four primary IT objectives for application delivery:
• Maximize application availability
• Accelerate application performance
• Secure the data center and critical business applications
• Facilitate data center consolidation through the use of fewer servers, load balancers, and Firewalls.
The Cisco ACE Module achieves these goals through a broad set of intelligent Layer 4 load balancing and Layer 7 content switching technologies integrated with leading-edge acceleration and security capabilities. A crucial design element of Cisco ACE, and a differentiator between the Cisco solution and other solutions in the marketplace, is its ability to use virtualized architecture and role-based administration capabilities that streamline and reduce the cost of operations involved in deploying, scaling, accelerating, and protecting applications.
The Cisco ACE Module provides best-in-industry scalability and throughput for managing application traffic, up to 16 Gbps in a single module and 64 Gbps with four modules in a single Catalyst 6500 Series Switch chassis, upgradeable through software licenses or new module additions, thus providing IT with long-term investment protection and scalability.
Additionally, through its unique virtualization capabilities, Cisco ACE enables IT to provision and deliver a broad range of multiple applications from a single Cisco ACE Module, bringing increased scalability for application provisioning to the data center.
To maximize application availability, the Cisco ACE Module uses best-in-class application switching algorithms coupled with highly available system software and hardware.
The Cisco ACE Module greatly improves server efficiency through highly flexible application traffic management as well as the offloading of CPU-intensive tasks such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and decryption processing and TCP session management.
Cisco ACE is designed to serve as the last line of defense for servers and applications in data centers. The Cisco ACE Module performs deep packet inspection and blocks malicious attacks. Highly Scalable Integrated Security enables IT professionals to comprehensively secure high-value applications in the data center and facilitates consolidation in the data center.
By combining the highest application delivery performance with a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art application delivery features, the Cisco ACE Module enhances IT efficiency and reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO). IT efficiency is increased through the use of innovative features such as virtual devices, role-based administration, instant application isolation, and single-view provisioning. Improved TCO is accomplished by consolidating most Layer 4 through 7 requirements into a complete and reliable application delivery platform.