News Release

Cisco Delivers Key Elements of CiscoAssure Policy Networking Initiative with Cisco Network Registrar

Comprehensive IP Network Management Software Utilizes Latest Standards and Directories to Enable Policy-Based Networking
Jun 29, 1998

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- June 29, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced availability of Cisco Network Registrar 2.0, providing a flexible naming and addressing solution to ease IP address management for enterprise networks. Cisco Network Registrar (CNR) leads the industry with support for the latest industry-standards, and has been selected by Cisco customers for its superior scalability, flexibility and advanced features.

Cisco Network Registrar is the first deliverable in an exclusive technology licensing and development agreement between Cisco Systems and American Internet Corporation (AIC), which was announced on April 20, 1998.

"Enterprises and service providers need a flexible, adaptive IP infrastructure to support critical applications on rapidly evolving networks," said Bruce Robertson, senior program director, Global Networking Strategies of the META Group at Stamford, Connecticut. "By licensing AIC Network Registrar, Cisco is positioned to address the growing enterprise requirement for IP address management - keeping IP addresses, DNS names and related information designed, deployed and managed."

Scalable DNS/DHCP Services

With the industry's first standards-based DNS/DHCP solution combining dynamic DNS updates, DNS Notify, and Incremental Zone Transfers, customers will realize significant reductions in bandwidth consumption on the network and dramatic improvements in the accuracy of IP naming/addressing. With these features, dynamic DNS updates, once requiring hours, can now be achieved in seconds. Innovative scalability features also include multi-threaded, high-performance servers ensuring high-availability in mission-critical environments.

Flexible Architecture

Cisco Network Registrar offers extensive features allowing flexible deployment in the most demanding enterprise network environments, including remote configuration and monitoring with a graphical user interface, automation and scripting capabilities through commands and APIs, integration and support on both Microsoft Windows NT and Sun Solaris platforms.

Unique Client-class Feature

The client-class feature allows network administrators to customize DHCP parameters assigned to clients including which IP addresses are assigned to each client. This key ability to provide a customized user to network-address bindings allows differentiated classes of service to be defined based on dynamically changing user names, groups, roles or locations.

About CiscoAssure Policy Networking

Cisco Network Registrar fulfills the need for a scalable user registration service for CiscoAssure Policy Networking by supporting important industry standards such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Version 3 (LDAPv3) for integration with standards-based directories. With CiscoAssure, network managers map business application requirements to network policies, unlocking intelligence in their networks and significantly reducing the complexity of applying network services like Quality of Service (QoS). Key components of CiscoAssure are:

  • DNS/DHCP user registration services and LDAPv3-compatible directory services offer the unique ability to enable user-based policies, and provide scalable replication and synchronization across any enterprise-wide network.

  • Application-aware networking protects mission-critical traffic, allowing the network to dynamically recognize applications permitting policy enforcement that differentiates classes of traffic.

  • Centrally administered policies for QoS, security, multimedia, voice and video services in the network allow simplification of the process of translating business requirements into network behavior.

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