For me, even though I am mostly a hardware geek, one of the coolest parts of the Cisco ONE launch at CiscoLive was the introduction of onePK. We see onePK as an core enabling technology that will have some cool stuff down the road.
So, one of the more common questions I get is about the relationship between onePK and other technologies related to network programmability such as OpenFlow (OF). Many folks mistakenly view this as an either/or choice. To be honest, when I first heard about onePK, I thought it was OpenFlow on steroids too; however, I had some fine folks from NOSTG educate me on the difference between the two. They are, in fact, complementary and for many customer scenarios, we expect them to be used in concert. Take a look at the pic below, which shows how these technologies map against the multi-layer model we introduced with Cisco ONE:
As you can see, onePK gives developers comprehensive, granular programmatic access to Cisco infrastructure through a broad set of APIs. One the other hand, protocols such as OpenFlow concern themselves with communications and control amongst the different layers—in OpenFlow’s case, between the control plane and the forwarding plane. Some folks have referred to onePK as a “northbound” interface and protocols such as OpenFlow as “southbound” interfaces. While that might be helpful to understand the difference between the two technologies, I don’t think that this is a strictly accurate description. For one thing, developers can use onePK to directly interact with the hardware. Second, our support for other protocols such as OpenFlow is delivered through agents that are built using onePK.
That last part, about the agent support is actually pretty cool. We can create agents to provide support for whatever new protocols come down the pike by building them upon onePK. This allows flexibility and future-proofing while still maintaining a common underlying infrastructure for consistency and coherency.
For instance, we are delivering our experimental OF support by building it atop the onePK infrastructure. For customers this is a key point, they are not locked into a single approach—they can concurrently use native onePK access, protocol-based access, or traditional access (aka run in hybrid mode) as their needs dictate. Because we are building agents atop onePK, you don’t have to forgo any of the sophistication of the underlying infrastructure. For example, with the forthcoming agent for the ASR9K, we expect to have industry leading performance because of the level of integration between the OF agents and the underlying hardware made possible by onePK.
In closing, you can see how extensible our programmatic support is with the ability to use onePK natively or to support technologies and protocols as they are developed and released. This gives customers a remarkable level of flexibility, extensibility and risk mitigation.
As the Product Manager for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I often get asked some of the hard questions about how the technology works. Sometimes I get asked the easy questions. Sometimes -- like two nights ago -- I get asked if the standards for FCoE are done.
I’m not kidding.
My own expectations for discussing FCoE were focused around the topics and conversations that we’ve been seeing over the last year, since the last Cisco Live in 2011. Read More »
This week was Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego and I had the pleasure of being able to present to our customers, clients and partners on the topic of FCoE. There’s probably quite a few blogs and tweets about product launches, announcements from all parts of the ecosystem. Any many of you, my readers probably sat in quite a few sessions and walked the World of Solutions. In this entry, I’m not going to talk about what I presented on, but I though I’d answer the question:
What is it like to present? What do you see while you’re up there?
Are you ready for the biggest Cisco event of the year? We’ve been working on demos, speaking sessions, and social events for the conference – and it’s finally here.
The Intelligent Automation team are converging in force on San Diego for Cisco Live. Our solutions will be covered in more than a dozen conference sessions and several theater presentations – featured in topics ranging from cloud management and big data to BYOD and VXI.
And here are our demos featured in the Cisco data center booth at the World of Solutions expo:
- Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition– a new solution to accelerate your private cloud deployment, running on UCS.
- Tidal Enterprise Scheduler on Hadoop – this demo shows how to increase the value of big data environments through better information flow.
- Network Services Manager – a flexible, policy-driven approach to managing and controlling network services in a multi-tenant data center.
- VXI Orchestration – provision virtual desktop services on-demand with Intelligent Automation, in minutes instead of days or weeks.
Our cloud solutions will be featured in theater presentations at the VCE and NetApp booths, as well as a demo in the VCE booth. Some of our other Intelligent Automation technology partners like Comptel, rPath, and Zenoss – as well as channel partners including Presidio and WWT – will also be at the event showcasing our collaboration. See VCE’s press release featuring Intelligent Automation for Cloud.
To make it easy for you to help you pinpoint the Intelligent Automation team and navigate through the conference, here are some tips for your agenda: