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Integrated Virtual Services with RISE

Want to simplify and scale your virtual networks? Want to optimize performances of virtual applications? Want to improve your end user experience? Want to tap into full value of virtualization? Cisco Remote Integrated Service Engine(RISE) technology can fulfill these demands. Customers are using RISE-Enabled Citrix NetScaler 1000v to build their next generation networks. Cisco RISE is supported on Nexus Series of Switches like Nexus 7K,5K,6K etc.

As you may know, Citrix NetScaler 1000V is a virtualized application delivery controller solution. You can use RISE to simplify management, provisioning of network resources. Once RISE is enabled, Virtual ADC appliance will operate as a remote service module of the network switch it’s connected to.

Intelligent traffic redirection with RISE

Auto PBR is an innovative feature which enables services to be deployed easily and faster in the network. RISE enabled devices like Citrix NetScaler 1000v can create, delete or modify traffic steering policies on Nexus switches.

On demand provisioning

Policies can be automatically applied in a virtualization-aware manner. Depending on workloads policies can be sent to Nexus Switches to expand capacity and increase scale.

Routing Capability Offload for Improved ADC efficiency

Offload routing capability to the Nexus 7k/5k or 6k. RISE Route Health Injection is used to advertise the Virtual IP’s and other routes to the network. Service appliances no more need to implement and maintain routing protocols.

Significant CapEx and OpEx savings: 

RISE provides enhanced data path optimizations and simplified provisioning that allows customers to witness significant CapEx and OpEx savings thereby providing business continuity and cost reduction.

 Reduced Total cost of Ownership (TCO): 

Fully integrated with Nexus 7000 switches, RISE fosters simplified manageability, automated operation and increased utilization of application delivery resources.

Access to Nexus Control Plane

RISE enabled Citrix NetScaler has access to the Switch control plane makes networks simpler, faster and easier to provision and debug.

Reduced Overall Cost :
Multiple NetScaler 1000v instances can be deployed to scale and optimize without dependence on the specific server hardware.

Flexible Virtual Form Factor:
With NetScaler 1000V, customers can have consistency across their physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, along with Citrix NetScaler physical appliances. Since RISE is supported on all NetScaler platform consistency can be maintained

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Perspective on Talent

A perspective on talent

In today’s economy, available jobs, career opportunities, education background, and finding the right  talent appear to be close to the front, if not the very top, of many discussions.  Companies of all sizes are working to maintain a sufficient talent resource pool, while many of the talented are trying to maximize their value to their current employer or potential employer.  There was an article in Forbes Magazine about LARGE companies failing to keep their top talent.  The author pointed out ten (10) potential reasons why, including Corporate bureaucracy, shifting project priorities/whims, lack of accountability, etc.  All of the reasons given are valid, but I don’t believe they get down to the real reason why resource retention is a problem in today’s climate.

Even with the current employment rate in the US, there is an alarming statistic that 49% of US companies seeking to hire technically skilled employees are having a difficult time finding qualified talent to fill openings in their organizations, openings that range from IT support staff, engineers, and mission critical skilled trades.  Research has shown the bulk of US companies in search of top talent look to schools/colleges (where CompSci and technology degree majors are starting to grow), veterans from the US military (in-depth training and hands-on skills from years on the job), other competitors (let the other guy pay for the resource’s training then a competing company throws money and incentives at them later), and various other talent pools. However, in addition to seeking to hire resources with necessary skill set, companies also need to be more diligent in searching for candidates with an ability of adaptability, where inevitable change is met with professionalism and mature attitude.

Putting all of this in perspective, the lack of balance between management and the top talent is what brings about turnover.  An effective employer will keep their top resources by creating an environment where they are able to be managed successfully and where management is aware of the needs of their top resources.  At the same time, the skilled resource also has to be willing to participate with the management team in growth that is mutually beneficial to both.  If your company’s talent is top notch but their maturity level is low to the point they become high maintenance then it’s no longer cost-effective to retain their skills, and balance is lost.  Management has to be able to manage well, but the skilled resources also have to be mature enough for both to be successful.

Opinions expressed in this blog are my own and not those of Cisco!  Remember that!

Marc Buraczynski, Solutions Architect, Cloud IT Transformations, Cisco Advanced Services, Boston, MA

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Introducing Nexus 5624Q Switch: Seamlessly Migration from 1G to 10G/40G

Recent trends like Big Data, Video, and Collaboration are shaping the Enterprise IT environments.  At first glance, these trends might not seem like anything new.  But what is different is that technologies are now available that lets organizations deal with these trends in a better way ( for example 10/40/100G availability ,  Multicore processors driving higher I/O,  BiDi Optics,  New gen multi-protocol Fabric Extender (FEX), etc).  New innovations from Cisco help organizations face these challenges posed by the next gen dynamic data centers in a seamless manner.  And, of course, everyone is being tasked to do more with less.

To enable seamless transition to 10GE, 40GE and 100GE, today Cisco is announcing the following new additions to the Nexus 5600 Series Switches

  1.  New Nexus 5624Q – One RU, Wire rate 12-Port 40GE or 48-port 10GE switch and supports higher density with expansion modules
  2. 100 GE LEM  – 4 port 100 GE LEM for Nexus 5696Q and Nexus 6004EF

The Cisco 5624Q, the new addition to the popular and widely adopted 5600 Series (Nexus 5672UP, Nexus 56128P, and Nexus 5696Q), provides seamless transition to 10/40G and makes IT resources and staff more efficient through consolidating workloads and  delivering a truly converged solution.

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Cisco ACI, Microsoft System Center and Azure Pack at Microsoft TechEd Europe in Barcelona

October 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm PST

For those of you attending Microsoft TechEd Europe in Barcelona, you have an opportunity to hear how Microsoft and Cisco are collaborating to create a shared, elastic resource pool of storage, compute, and networking in Microsoft’s Cloud OS.

Maurizio Portolani, Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer, will be joining Robert Reynolds, Principal PM Lead, Windows Azure Pack, Microsoft, during the main Windows Azure Pack session Tuesday to show how an application-oriented policy delivers operational simplicity for the infrastructure team and can provide a converged stack for key Microsoft applications.


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How does RISE benefit Cisco Prime NAM?

As you may have seen in Gary Kinghorn’s blog, Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) has been integrated with Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series Switches using Cisco® Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE) technology providing a powerful story for data center integration. RISE with Prime NAM provides high performance monitoring and packet analysis on multiple virtual device contexts along with switch interface statistics for all modules.

Cisco RISE can be used to tightly integrate the Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches with the Cisco Prime NAM to provide VDC awareness and SPAN traffic across multiple VDCs without burning slots on the switch. RISE overcomes the limitation of applying SPAN configuration only in the VDC to which the management cable is attached by intelligently managing the movement of NAM data ports and SPAN configuration to other VDCs as needed. The integration includes the following main features:

  • NAM appliance acts as a module on Nexus switches
  • One NAM appliance can receive traffic from multiple Nexus VDCs without re-cabling
  • One NAM appliance can collect interface statistics for multiple VDCs
  • Dynamic vdc-aware SPAN configuration on Nexus switches using NAM GUI
  • Up to 4 NAM ports can be automatically assigned to Nexus VDCs using NAM GUI
  • Graph of per-interface ingress and egress statistics for multiple VDCs
  • Auto-discovery and bootstrap of NAM appliance from Nexus switch
  • Health monitoring of NAM appliance
  • Visibility to multiple VDCs from one NAM appliance with ongoing VDC configuration updates
  • Configurable timer intervals and VDC list for interface statistics collection
  • User-friendly error handling for SPAN creation/deletion/modification
  • Order of magnitude OPEX and CAPEX savings: reduction in configuration, simplified provisioning and data-path optimization


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Figure 1. RISE Physical and logical topology


Deployment Modes

Cisco RISE supports attachment to the NAM appliance in the following modes:

  • Direct Attach mode with single NAM: The appliance has a management link that is directly attached to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on the NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 2).

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Figure 2. Direct Attach Mode with single NAM

Direct Attach modes with multiple NAMs: The appliance has a management link that is directly attached to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on each NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 3).

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Figure 3: Direct Attach mode with multiple NAMs

Indirect Attach modes with multiple NAMs: The appliance has a management link that is attached via an L2 network to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on each NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 4).


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Core Features

Cisco RISE with NAM provides the following key features that allow the solution to provide traffic and performance analysis across all the VDCs on the Nexus switch without changing the wiring connections.

 Dynamic VDC-aware SPAN Configuration

  • Configure SPAN sessions for up to 4 NAM dataports from NAM GUI.
  • Create, edit, delete SPAN sessions, select destination ports and source ports for the SPAN sessions.
  • SPAN sessions can be configured in other VDCs by selecting VDC and data ports from NAM GUI. Dataport will be automatically moved to required VDC.
  • The options of SPAN configuration available to N7K CLI users are available via NAM GUI using RISE.
  • Provides visibility to all VDCs from one NAM.

 Multi-VDC Interface Statistics

  • Retrieve interface statistics of all VDCs on N7K via RISE
  • Set short term and long term polling intervals for getting interface statistics
  • Set the interested list of VDCs from which statistics needs to be retrieved
  • Statistics can be viewed on per interface basis as a graph or data points

Main Benefits

  • Enhanced application availability via simplified provisioning and efficient manageability.
  • Data path optimization: ADC off-load, low latency policy engine.
  • Dynamic VDC-aware SPAN configuration: Create SPAN sessions on any VDC
  • Multi-VDC awareness: Deliver traffic and performance reports in multiple VDCs
  • Cisco RISE provides significant savings in capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) through simplified provisioning and data-plane optimizations:
  • Dramatic OpEx savings: Reduction in configuration time and ease of deployment
  • Dramatic CapEx savings: Reduced wiring, power, and rack-space needs
  • The solution provides enhanced business resiliency and stickiness to Cisco products.

Ordering Information

Cisco RISE is supported in Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.1(0) and requires the Enhanced Layer 2 Package license. Please contact if you are interest in an EFT.


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