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ACI—Some lesser known features

I am a consultant at a Cisco partner and I get to see a lot of different networks. Most of the networks are Cisco, but there are a few that are not. From time to time, I get network assessment projects. I love these types of projects as they are an exploration of  uncharted networks to see what can be discovered. Personally I like to have my network consistent, orderly, and precise. The common components of the configurations on all device should be identical. These network assessments usually do not conform to these standards. Syslog configured on some devices pointing to a device that no longer Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep18 ACI Updates

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about ACI Updates with Cisco Product Management Director, Thomas Scheibe.

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE. Read More »

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Cisco ACI at F5 Agility 2014, Copenhagen

At F5 Agility 2014 Copenhagen this month, Applications take the central stage.  The key focus area is Application Delivery Controllers (ADC’s as Gartner calls them) and how they are increasingly becoming more important to modern IT than they used to be, allowing scale, availability, orchestration and provisioning.

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Another key focus area is around the deployment of applications and how joint technology solutions present a tremendously powerful option for F5’s customers.  F5’s partners -- and Cisco is a key partner – are a large part of Agility.  Cisco is at the event to demonstrate how its ACI technology integrates with F5 BIG-IP to improve manageability, strengthen security, and ensure faster and more successful deployments.

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We have quite a few exciting things that we are showcasing at F5 Agility from a Cisco ACI perspective, and in this blog I want to take you on a quick tour of the highlights. As a testimony to our growing momentum with the Cisco ACI-F5 joint solution effort, we have demos, business and technical breakout sessions. The event features F5 CEO John McAdam’s keynote on Tuesday June 17, where he will … discuss how applications are impacting the architecture of the data center and driving IT strategy and alignment to key business drivers.

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Cisco Marketing Manager Ravi Balakrishnan is presenting a business breakout session-4 titled “Unleash the power of Cisco ACI and F5 Synthesis for Accelerated Application deployments,” on Wednesday June 18. This session gives a detailed overview on the benefits of our joint solution and the customer pain points it addresses, so do not miss this. I’d also encourage you to attend Paolo Pio and Nicolas Menant’s technical breakout session-3 on Wednesday June 18, where they will walk you through details of ACI/VMDC joint solution.

We also have an exciting demo at the Cisco ACI kiosk, where we are showing how the Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP joint solution works with step-by-step illustrations of configuration, deployment and execution. The demos run Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Exhibit Hall for the entire duration of the day. Stop by our demo kiosk to get a deep-dive architecture type white-boarding or brainstorming type engagement with Cisco subject matter experts on ACI-F5 integrated solution. There are several other solution areas where Cisco and F5 are working together including F5 LTM-Cisco Nexus 7000 integration, F5 LTM-SourceFire NGIPS integration etc, so come by our demo booth to learn more.

To learn more on Cisco and F5  partnership visit the Cisco-F5 Alliance web page.

 

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How To Fast Track to Fast IT – The ACI Keynote

On Wednesday May 20, at 8:30am join us for Fast Track to Fast IT: Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure keynote (GENSK-1109).  This keynote features some of the heavy hitters in Cisco strategy talking about the direction of Cisco’s Enterprise Networks and Data Center technologies. 

Speakers include Robert SoderberySoni Jiandani, and Scott Clark who are, respectively, SVP/GM Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco, SVP Insieme Networks, and VP Advanced Services, Data Center and Cloud Architecture, Cisco.  Check it out in person or online!

Software Defined Networking (SDN) holds the promise to transform IT operations across data center, access, wide area networks (WAN) and the cloud. Cisco’s approach to SDN, Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), takes SDN a step further to provide an architectural framework to address these operational challenges and more.

What if you could deploy enterprise applications in hours, not weeks? What if you could manage and roll out enterprise applications that incorporate network and security policies in real time? What if you had visibility and control across your entire enterprise infrastructure – to provision, deploy, monitor, optimize and troubleshoot easier, faster, and more securely? With Cisco ACI, you can have all this – and more.

Find out how by joining Soni Jiandani, SVP Insieme Business Group, Rob Soderbery, SVP/GM Enterprise Networking Group, and Scott Clark, VP of Cisco Services, as they provide an overview on Cisco’s ACI strategy, roadmap and solutions. Hear directly from customers deploying these solutions. See how Cisco ACI deploys application-centric policies to simplify infrastructure operations by mapping enterprise business logic and automating network provisioning across data center, access, and WAN. The result? A simple, smart, secure solution that delivers on the promise of Fast IT.

Hope to see you there!

 

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What you’ll find in the #DevNet Zone at Cisco Live (#CLUS)

IMG_5312Today the DevNet Developer Conference kicked off in Moscone West.  DevNet is a mini-conference you can attend within the larger Cisco Live that gives hands-on experience with the many APIs Cisco is developing.

The DevNet Zone includes the following activities:

  • Theater Sessions: API technical sessions, executive spotlights, and thought leadership sessions
  • Hands-on learnings labs that let you code APIs on working platforms and systems
  • A 24 hour hackathon (for non-Cisco participants) with first prize of $5000
  • Demo pods showcasing Cisco and Partner technologies
  • A demo of Tech Fund project on Augmented Collaboration (AKA Project Spring Roll!)

I’d like to especially call out a few sessions (the full session can be found on http://devnetzone2014.sched.org)

  • Monday, May 19 at 9-10:30am: CTO Panel with Cisco CTOs Dave Ward, Tom Edsall, John Apostolopoulos, Bret Hartman, Lew Tucker, and Susie Wee (moderator)
  • Monday, May 19 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
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    Speaking of hands-on -- folks taking the labs!

  • Monday, May 19 1-2pm: APIC Enterprise Module API - This session will present the basic constructs of the controller such as the policy engine, and the capabilities of the REST API. There will be examples of how these capabilities can be integrated into other applications to simplify operations, improve security and enhance user experience.
  • Tuesday, May 20 8:30 -- 9:00am Cisco UCS Scripting Tools & SDKs Overview This session will educate developers and customers on available utilities and demonstrate the power of the Cisco UCS XML API.
  • Wednesday, May 21 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery If you missed it the first time, it’s back! This is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
  • Thursday, May 22 11:30-12:30pm API Management at Cisco In this session we will introduce Cisco’s API Management Strategy, with a focus on consumption ready APIs that are developer-friendly using consistent lifecycle management and governance.

It is a great opportunity to have Cisco Live in San Francisco, so close to Cisco headquarters.  One of our goals is to create a vibrant DevNet developer community. If you’re in the area I encourage you to stop by.  Those who wish to attend just DevNet can get a $49 explorer pass covering all 4 days - Use the code DevNetCL14). I also encourage you to join the DevNet program at http://developer.cisco.com and start some discussions in our DevNet community forums!

I look forward to seeing you here!

@SusieWee

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