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Essential Guide: Application-aware networking

Last updated:July 2013

Editor's note

1Network virtualization and applications

AAN might be the next big thing in networking, but there are a lot of prerequisites. Your network needs to be virtualized and integrated, and many disparate components must be able to effectively communicate with each other. And on top of all that, you need to make your security measures are sufficient and up to date. For AAN to succeed, it is imperative to make sure you do the preliminary work to ensure a successful deployment.

2Application delivery controllers

As network complexity grows, so too does the importance of application delivery controllers (ADCs). These controllers can help alleviate many management headaches that a virtual network can bring and ensure you have the right level of application performance. But ADCs also have limitations that you need to be aware of, and it's very important to choose the right ADC for your organization's particular needs.

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