As a Gold Sponsor of AWS re:Invent this year, Cisco will be showcasing hybrid cloud solutions that enable you to combine the control, security, and performance of private clouds with the scale, economics, and speed that public clouds can offer.
Cisco cloud portfolio, including Intercloud Fabric, ApplicationCentric Infrastructure, Cloud Services Routers, and Adaptive Security Appliances, gives you the power of choice and agility.
Learn more about how your business can unleash hybrid IT, and be sure not to miss the following Cisco solution demos at re:Invent 2014. We will be raffling many exciting prizes on all days during the event. You’re automatically entered when you visit the Cisco booth and have your badge scanned.
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is a highly secure, open, and flexible solution that provides complete freedom in workload placement. It is hypervisor and cloud provider independent, giving you the desired flexibility. All the traffic between your data center and cloud provider as well as traffic inside the public cloud is cryptographically encrypted. Your network and security policies are migrated consistently and transparently over Layer 2 extension. A unified management portal gives you a single interface for workload management and automation across heterogeneous cloud environments.
Get a free 90 days evaluation license for Cisco Intercloud Fabric when you visit Cisco Intercloud Fabric booth.
Application Centric Infrastructure
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), the Cisco software-defined networking (SDN) architecture, brings agility, reduces TCO, automates IT tasks, and accelerates data center application deployments.
It supports a business-relevant application policy language, greater scalability through a distributed enforcement system, and greater network visibility through the integration of physical and virtual environments across networks, servers, storage, security, and services. For more details, check out a special edition of Unleashing IT.
Cloud Services Router
Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR1000V) sets the standard for enterprise-class networking and security services in a virtual form factor. The CSR1000V is the first platform to deliver multigigabit IPSec performance in Amazon Web Services cloud.
It helps enterprises transparently extend their private networks to the public cloud using the familiar Cisco IOS XE Software CLI and RESTful API, which make sure of easy deployment, monitoring, troubleshooting, and service orchestration.
Security continues to be a top concern for organizations looking to expand their network into the cloud. It needs to be a transparent extension of local network and data center policies, allowing data to move securely between those environments. To address this need, Cisco has engineered new versions of our market-leading Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Next-Generation Firewall (ASA NGFW) and FirePOWER NGIPS solutions specifically for AWS environments.
Now you can create dynamically encrypted tunnels between your local or distributed networks and the cloud; apply consistent security for physical, virtual, and cloud environments; make sure local policies are understood and enforced in the cloud; and deploy a single security strategy across traditional, NFV, SDN, ACI, and cloud architectures.
See you in Vegas!
Stop by Cisco Booth #112 to have 1:1 meetings with Cisco product experts and discuss your use cases. We look forward to seeing you at re:Invent.
Tags: ACI, AWS re:Invent, Cisco, CSR1000v, Hybrid Cloud, intercloud fabric
The world of data is changing. Businesses face growth in the volume of information and the types of data they encounter. There are new landscapes of vast and dynamic information that must be processed, managed and analyzed to achieve business insight. It is no surprise, therefore, that legacy infrastructures are failing to meet I.T.’s expectations.
For many of you this is why you are in Seattle this week – to attend PASS Summit 2014, the SQL PASS organization’s annual conference on SQL Server. You want to learn this week from your peers, from Microsoft, and from vendor’s ways to successfully harness SQL Server and drive solutions that do meet your business and user’s expectations.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, cisco_nexus, Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server2014
Clouds come in various flavors, but a common scenario is IT shops who have many applications on-premises (private clouds) and other workloads off-premise (public clouds). This combination of private and public clouds is often called a hybrid cloud. Integrating, customizing and securely delivering services based on hundreds of applications from dozens of vendors in public and private clouds are becoming part of a new wave of IT. In addition, moving workloads between clouds is becoming a bigger part of IT every day.
Earlier this week, EMC unveiled its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution that addresses this hybrid scenario. The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution is a fully engineered solution that integrates hardware, software and services from EMC to unite the strengths of private and public cloud. The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution allows choice among hypervisors and public clouds providers. The solution can be built on VCE Vblocks or VSPEX solution portfolio.
Both VCE Vblocks and EMC VSPEX with Cisco technology build on vital technology building blocks of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure. Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure consists of the following, cloud-friendly technologies:
- A standard, highly-secure, automated infrastructure based on
- Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers
- Cisco Nexus datacenter switches
- Cisco UCS Director and UCS Manager management software
- Additional capabilities for Application Centric Infrastructure, InterCloud Fabric, and Cisco security.
Why is UCS Integrated Infrastructure a building block cornerstone cloud technology? The answer lies in the flexibility that UCS Integrated Infrastructure delivers.
Workloads move quickly between clouds and the underlying server and networking infrastructure must adapt to these movements. Traditional servers are slow to adapt to these changes as their deployment times are measured in days or hours—in extreme cases, weeks. However, UCS Integrated Infrastructure addresses this issue by abstracting all hardware in software. Since the UCS Integrated Infrastructure cloud hardware is now all abstracted in software, the day-long waits for server changes are reduced to minutes. In other words, UCS servers can be provisioned and deployed in minutes, not days or hours like traditional serves. The ability for UCS server to be provisioned and re-provisioned quickly, accurately and in a timely fashion is a huge advantage that is perfectly suited to both changing business conditions and movement of workloads from private to public clouds and vice versa. Underlying UCS server infrastructure can scale up in nodes or down or change servers in minutes. Now, with UCS Integrated Infrastructure as your cloud and business changes quickly, so can your underlying server and switching infrastructure.
UCS Integrated Infrastructure adapts to quick changes with a few pieces of revolutionary Cisco software:
1) UCS Servers offer a unique capability through the UCS Manager of software abstraction of hardware that enable automatic, deployment and provisioning of servers. Hardware is provisioned in software, offering numerous downstream benefits.
- Without the flexibility of the UCS Manager software, cloud building becomes much more difficult, because the underlying hardware is inflexible. However, UCS Manager abstracts server hardware to give stateless flexibility to provisioning servers and deploying workloads.
2) Cisco UCS Director unifies and automates end-to-end IT converged infrastructure management processes by abstracting the complexity of individual devices, hypervisors, and virtual machines.
- Cisco and non-Cisco switches and servers managed; physical, virtual, and multivendor management
- Enhancements for VMware, VCE, and EMC solution components
- Supports Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure-based and Cisco Virtual Application Container Services automated network solutions
- Integration of third-party solutions into the Cisco UCS Director management platform with a publicly available software development kit
3) UCS Integrated Infrastructure is also optimized for most popular infrastructure cloud and other use cases, applications and technology transition points in the industry: private and hybrid cloud, desktop virtualization, enterprise and vertical applications, in-memory databases, analytics and Big Data. Workload optimization is another attribute of the architectural benefits of UCS servers and their policy-based service profiles. In addition, UCS Integrated Infrastructure is a record-breaking platform for the both current and future cloud workloads.
It is clear that Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructures when paired with EMC’s storage technology in the Vblock and VSPEX portfolio delivers an important and uniquely flexible building block of the cloud. Through Cisco partnerships with cloud providers and our delivery of industry-leading solutions, IT departments will get even more flexibility in how they choose to map their applications to the best cloud model.
Cisco, in its quest to embrace programmability, has created what is called the ACI Toolkit, which is basically a combination of an NX-OS like CLI and some custom python scripts. Although this toolkit doesn’t allow you to do all configurations within ACI, it can be used to create and show the common configuration and administrative actions that may be used daily. It’s also great for someone who is just starting to migrate to a more programmatic way of doing things, as it’s easily understandable to folks used to common networking commands.
If you’re not familiar with ACI, check out this short video to get a brief understanding of some of the basic constructs used and for a deeper dive go to www.cisco.com/go/aci. These concepts will help you to understand some of the configuration options available with the ACI Toolkit.
The toolkit’s python libraries are all available on GitHub.com and it’s fairly simple to access. All you need to do is open a terminal window on your computer and enter the following command:
git clone https://github.com/datacenter/Simple-ACI-Toolkit
This command will download the necessary libraries to use the ACI Toolkit syntax. Then to run CLI commands from your APIC type:
python acitoolkitcli.py -l admin -p password -u https://APIC_IP
This will connect you to your APIC so you may run commands that will help you build your application network profiles as shown in the three tier application in the picture above. We can do things such as switching tenants, creating contexts, creating bridge domains, and creating end point groups (EPGs).
Here are some examples of the common commands we might use to create these logical objects.
Switch to a tenant configuration mode:
- fabric# switchto tenant <tenant-name>
- fabric-tenant# switchback
Create a Context and don’t enforce contracts on it:
- fabric-tenant(config)# [no] context <context-name>
- fabric-tenant(config-ctx)# [no] allow-all
Create a bridge domain and assign it to a context:
- fabric-tenant(config)# [no] bridgedomain <bd-name>
- fabric-tenant(config-bd)# [no] context <context-name>
Create a subnet under the bridge domain:
- fabric-tenant(config-bd)# [no] ip address <ip-address>/<masklength> [name <subnet-name>]
As you can see from these examples the syntax will be very familiar to network engineers. We can also use the ACI Toolkit combined with the Python SDK to actually script these things. It makes scripting a little easier because we’re again using simpler syntax. Below is an example of configuring a tenant using Python in conjunction with the toolkit:
from acitoolkit import *
from credentials import *
tenant = Tenant (‘Customer1’)
context = Context (‘customer1-router’, tenant)
bd = BridgeDomain(‘BD1’, tenant)
app = AppProfile(‘web-and-ordering’, tenant)
vlan10 = EPG(‘VLAN10’, app )
vlan20 = EPG(‘VLAN20’, app )
Currently the ACI Toolkit may not be used to create service graphs, VMM Domains, SPAN, Atomic Counters, and or to see most telemetry and health score information. However, the toolkit still gives us a lot to work with and automate as far as basic configurations go. For more information please see the guide found here (http://datacenter.github.io/acitoolkit/).
Tags: ACI, Cisco, python, toolkit
On Monday the OpenStack® Summit kicks off in Paris, and estimates are that nearly 4000 people from around the world will be attending what I believe will be the best summit yet. It will also be my ninth summit, so to say that I’ve had an opportunity to see the project, community, and user base grow is an understatement.
My favorite activity at the summits has always been talking to people that use OpenStack to make magic happen for their companies. Not the data center teams, but the application developers, operations and devops teams, cloud architects, etc. Every six months when the community gets together, there’s more of these end-users, and that’s a great thing. In Atlanta this past spring it was great to peek at peoples badges and see their company names. Virtually every sector of industry was represented, from the biggest banks to tiny social startups.
The shift to users is most evident in who is on stage. Just a few years ago the keynotes were 100% vendor talks about the future of OpenStack, in Atlanta earlier this year they were split between users being on stage and vendor talks, and in Paris, it’s truly about the users. Beyond the keynotes, a high percentage of the talks that got accepted involve user stories, or are actually being led by users.
If you’re a user, come find me or Niki at the summit and let’s chat about what you’re doing with OpenStack. We will be recording chats with users that are willing to go “on the record” and turning them in to blog posts showing off what users like you are doing with OpenStack. You could be Internet Famous!
Best way to hunt us down will be on Twitter: @scottsanchez or @nikiacosta, or at the Metacloud or Cisco booths on the expo floor. We will be giving away the highly anticipated People of OpenStack playing cards at the Metacloud booth, so make sure to come by and grab one!
See you in Paris!
Follow Scott on Twitter: @scottsanchez
Tags: OpenStack, openstack summit