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
Figure 1. RISE Physical and logical topology
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).
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).
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).
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
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.
Cisco RISE is supported in Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.1(0) and requires the Enhanced Layer 2 Package license. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interest in an EFT.
Data Centers are becoming increasingly smart, intelligent and elastic. With the advancement in cloud and virtualization technologies, customers demand dynamic workload management, efficient and optimal use of their resources. In addition the configuration and administration of Data Center solutions is complex and is going to become increasingly so.
With these requirements and architectures in mind we have a industry first solution called Remote Integrated Service Engine (RISE). RISE is a technology that simplifies provisioning, out of box management of service appliances like load balancers, firewalls, network analysis modules. It makes data center and campus networks dynamic, flexible, easy to configure and maintain.
RISE can dynamically provision network resources for any type of service appliance (physical and virtual form factors). External appliances can now operate as integrated service modules with Nexus Series of switches without burning a slot in a switch . This technology provides robust application delivery capabilities that accelerate the application performance manifold.
RISE is supported on all Nexus Series switches with services like Citrix NetScaler MPX, VPX, SDX and Cisco Prime NAM with many more in the pipeline.
Advantages & Features
Simplified Out-of-Box experience : reduces the administrator’s manual configuration steps from 30 to 8 steps !!
Supported on Citrix NetScaler MPX, SDX, VPX, and Nexus 1KV with VPX
Supported on Cisco Prime Network Analyzer Module
Automatic Policy Based Routing - Eliminates need for SNAT or Manual PBR
Direct and Indirect Attach mode integration
Show module for RISE
Attach module for RISE
Auto Attach – Zero touch configuration of RISE
Health Monitoring of appliance
Appliance HA and VPC supported
Nexus 5K/6K support (EFT available)
IPV6 support (EFT available)
Order of magnitude OPEX savings: reduction in configuration, and ease of deployment
Order of magnitude CAPEX savings: Wiring, Power Rackspace and Cost savings
Data traffic has grown dramatically in the recent years, leading to increased deployment of network service appliances and servers in enterprise, data center, and cloud environments. To address the corresponding business needs, network switch and router architecture has evolved to support multi-terabit capacity. However, service appliance and server capacity remained limited to a few gigabits, far below switch capacity.
Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is an innovative solution to bridge the performance gap between a multi-terabit switch and gigabit servers and appliances. It is an hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and clustering solution on the Nexus 7000 and 7700 series of switches.
Just prior to Interop about two weeks ago, Cisco unveiled its Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE) on the Nexus 7000 series switch. Remote Integrated Service Engine (RISE) is a new protocol being added to the Nexus 7000 and 7700 platforms through NX-OS (software upgradeable to existing devices), that integrates external service appliances attached to Nexus 7000 Series switches with the same benefits as if the appliance was directly connected to the switch backplane, just like a dedicated service module. Initially, Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) are the first services appliances that have integrated with RISE, and have been tested and Certified as “RISE-enabled”. With the announcement of RISE, we expect to develop an ecosystem of partners that will work with Cisco to take advantage of this technology, including other application services vendors and firewalls.
At Interop, I had a chance to meet up on the show floor with Citrix NetScaler Product Manager, Joe Peck, to talk about why Citrix is taking advantage of this new RISE technology.
If you recall from my earlier posts here and here, RISE is the new protocol in the Nexus 7000 and 7000 Series switch that allows integration of a remote service appliance like NAM or an application delivery controller with the same functional capability as if it was attached to the switch backplane like an embedded services blade. Devices can actually be connected over any layer 2 network, and not necessarily directly connected to the Nexus switch ports, although that is the usual configuration. RISE-enabled ports are configured on the Nexus 7000 and up to 4 dedicated ports per appliance can be configured for maximum throughput to connected devices.
It’s a great benefit for appliance vendors to not have to develop specific network-embedded modules of their products to install inside the chassis, as well as saving valuable slots while providing the same degree of traffic visibility and optimization for the appliance. In this video, I had a chance to sit down with Praveen Chandra, Director of NAM Engineering at Cisco, to talk about the first Cisco service appliance to support RISE and what it means for Prime NAM customers: