Networking goliath Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is now opening its Integrated Services Router (ISR) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) platforms to become Linux-based application server platforms.
"We really think that we're changing the way business models will be built in the branch," she said. Lasser-Raab isn't being overly dramatic, either. Cisco to date has sold more than 4 million ISRs and as such has a large installed base to target with the new application initiative.
Officially called the Cisco Application eXtension Platform (AXP), the new initiative includes both hardware and software for deploying applications on Cisco's routers. The AXP is available as both a module that can plug into modular Cisco ISRs as well as a daughterboard that can plug into a Cisco ISR motherboard.
On the software side, the core operating system of the AXP is Linux. Joel Conover, manager of network systems at Cisco, explained that that the version of Linux used is one that Cisco refers to it as Cisco Hardened Linux.