Cisco releases content delivery gear

Cisco Systems Inc. this week released a range of caching and content-delivery products and certified its content delivery hardware with two leading enterprise application vendors.

Cisco says its new GSS 4480 Global Site Selector is an appliance that can balance Web traffic loads among sites located across long distances, while its CSS 11501 Content Services Switch is a fixed-configuration Layer 7 switch for providing content filtering to small Web data centers.

Cisco also announced that its CSS switch architecture has been certified to work with software from BEA Systems Inc. and Siebel Systems Inc. Cisco says this can allow enterprise applications from these vendors to take advantage of application-layer (Layer 7) switching to speed up enterprise applications such as Siebel eBusiness Applications version 7 and BEA WebLogic Server.

The GSS 4480 appliance can speed applications and data access from distributed data centers by redirecting traffic to the best available site across a corporate WAN or the Internet. The appliance does this by controlling Cisco CSS switches at geographically dispersed data centers, which offload Domain Name System functions from servers and allow traffic to be redirected based on parameters set on the GSS 4480.

At US$11,000, the CSS 11501 is an eight-port, fixed-configuration Layer 7 switch with a single copper-based Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) port for an uplink. It is targeted as a lower-cost content and load-balancing switch for smaller businesses, compared to the chassis-based CSS 11503 and 11506, which cost US$17,000 and US$27,000, respectively, without modules.

The GSS 4480 appliance is available in the US now for US$20,000, and the CSS 11501 will be available by the end of this month. A pair of CSS 11501 switches can be purchased for US$20,000 for a limited time.

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