Cisco launches policy-based network management

Networking colossus Cisco Systems has announce CiscoAssure, its new strategy that aims to give information systems managers the tools they need to perform policy-based networking. Under policy-based networking, IS managers create a list of networking privileges for users called policies. These policies cover issues such as who can use the network, when they can use it and for which applications. Managers can also set security schemes and specify which users get first dibs on available bandwidth.

Networking colossus Cisco Systems has announce CiscoAssure, its new strategy that aims to give information systems managers the tools they need to perform policy-based networking, according to a company spokeswoman.

Under policy-based networking, IS managers create a list of networking privileges for users called policies. These policies cover issues such as who can use the network, when they can use it and for which applications. Managers can also set security schemes and specify which users get first dibs on available bandwidth.

The policies are created using a graphical user interface and are sent to policy servers that, in turn, distribute them to network devices such as switches, routers and remote access servers.

Analysts briefed by the San Jose, California-based vendor, who requested anonymity, said that CiscoAssure will use a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) interface and a connection to Microsoft's Active Directory.

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