As we continue our journey of openness that is summarized by ZK Research: Cisco’s Data Center Strategy is Built on Openness, we announced the Open NX-OS at Cisco Live San Diego in June 2015 that runs on Nexus 3K and Nexus 9K platforms.
The Open NX-OS extensibility supports:
- Object store and model-driven NX-API enhancements. NX-API enables common programmatic approach across entire Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches)
- Built-in third party DevOps automation tools like Puppet
- Secure SDK enabling third party and custom application development running natively on NX-OS
The new programmability features in Open NX-OS, such as the bash shell environment, python interpreter and NX-API access, it enables the built-in DevOps Puppet tool to be extended to automate anything on the platform. Cisco and Puppet Labs are excited to make available the Puppet Cisco [NX-OS agent] http://docs.puppetlabs.com/pe/latest/install_nxos.html
and Cisco [Puppet Forge Module] http://forge.puppetlabs.com/puppetlabs/ciscopuppet
Companies are embracing software defined networking (SDN) and DevOps practices to deploy network changes repeatedly and consistently. Customers who run mega scale data centers like Web2.0/OTT and fortune 100 are looking to do more with less, increase “device:admin” ratio and agility, and respond faster to business needs in a world where continuous application update grows by the hour without breaking infrastructure operation.
Using Puppet Enterprise, you can not only realize those SDN benefits, but you also extend DevOps practices to network administration across mega scale data centers, commercial and large enterprises by defining your desired network configuration with infrastructure as code. Using infrastructure as code enables cross-team change collaboration, automated infrastructure testing, and automated application deployments that span compute, storage, and network.
Tags: automation, Cisco Nexus 9000, devops, Nexus 3000, NX-API, NX-OS, Puppet Labs
Let’s face it. Danger lurks inside every enterprise network, and when it hits, addressing the crisis with manual processes that are inefficient and error-prone can take days – or even weeks – to resolve. If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, minutes can seem like hours. You’re aware that not only is fast problem resolution critical, but that the displaced effort and incremental time incurred by you or your staff in resolving the issue is detrimental as well. Crisis preparation can help. But fire drills often don’t compare to the real thing. To avoid constantly reacting to problems, many enterprises are harnessing automation to gain greater visibility into their network infrastructure to proactively manage and defeat danger before it occurs.
What you don’t know can hurt you
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Tags: automation, installed base, network inventory, smart net total care, SMARTnet, SNTC
Advanced technology assists your business on its journey to becoming more efficient and agile so it can keep serving the rising expectations of customers. But, how can you help these advanced technologies serve your business well?
Technology headlines focus on the individual tools to help you support advanced technologies; but the pivotal reality is that the foundation for all such technologies is your data center infrastructure. If your infrastructure cannot meet the speed and flexibility needs of these new technologies, they won’t help your business become more efficient or agile.
The good news is that Cisco has made automating your infrastructure straight forward with Cisco UCS Director. This solution replaces manual tools and processes with automated workflows to deliver infrastructure resources within minutes. It reduces data center operational complexity across Cisco and multi-vendor infrastructure components.
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Tags: automation, IaaS, orchestration, ucs director, VMware
Today, enterprises need greater business agility and faster time-to-market for applications. That’s why, in many instances, they are building their own private clouds or adopting on-demand private cloud. Companies that are most suited to building their own private clouds are those that have deep engineering and IT leadership and need strong security and governance around applications and services.
Depending on the needs of the business and core competencies, other types of companies can benefit from a managed private cloud. For these companies, it’s not core to the business to be great at infrastructure, but it is crucial to be able to focus on the services offered on top of the infrastructure. These types of organizations may not have strict regulatory or data sovereignty requirements. Typically, they gain the most advantage from using managed private clouds.
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Tags: applications, as-a-service, automation, cloud, compliance, Enterprise, Governance, infrastructure, security
Companies’ expectations of IT keep increasing as the pace of business intensifies, creating greater demand for new services and faster access to resources and data. If you have been reading my blogs, you know that THE way for IT to keep pace with the speed of business is automation. But buyers beware.
IT automation solutions are difficult to create with multiple products that carry a la carte pricing models and licensing models tied to hardware. The hassles are obvious, and that model doesn’t help IT automate effectively. What is necessary is full functionality automation software that offers simplified pricing and licensing options as well as unified automation that delivers broad coverage for diverse environments. So Cisco offers exactly that. Watch this video to learn how.
Cisco ONE Software for Data Center makes it easy to automate at a pace comfortable to your business. The Cisco ONE Foundation Suite lets you master basic automation at the compute level. Read More »
Tags: automation, Cisco ONE Software, cloud automation, Enterprise Cloud Suite, IaaS, ITaaS, VMware