Cisco Takes Aim at Policy and Network Management
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Cisco (NYSE:CSCO) is expanding its effort to make security policy more context aware.
The new Identity Services Engine (ISE) provides a central policy point for networks, enabling administrators to manage access across an enterprise. ISE takes elements from Cisco's NAC and TrustSec technology to build a more comprehensive view of access security.
Cisco is also launching the new Cisco Prime suite of network management capabilities. Marie Hattar, vice president of marketing, Borderless Networks at Cisco described Prime as a holistic network manager that can manage both wired and wireless network assets. Hattar noted that Cisco Prime provides a view right down to the user management level so an admin can manage both wired and wireless users. She added that the system provides for easier troubleshooting from end-to-end.
"In the past we have been criticized a bit on network management," Hattar told InternetNews.com. "But with Cisco Prime we've moving into the next generation in terms of workflow, ease of rolling out services and the consistency of the GUI from end-to-end."