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Craig Huitema blogged about Cisco’s SDN strategy and one of the key pillars is programmable networks. Cisco’s programmable networks is based on Nexus operating system NX-OS and our Robb Boyd from TechWiseTV covers it here and goes in more depth about NX-API REST (Object model) here and here.

Also go here if you missed our September 25th SDxCentral DemoFriday where we looked at use cases and demos related to NX-Toolkit and NX-API REST. Bottom line is to drive operational agility in the data center by enabling IT admins to manage Nexus switches as a Linux server with open interfaces and integrating DevOps tools.

One of the DevOps tools is Puppet. Integrating Puppet Enterprise agent is an integral part of programmable networks as I touched on it in my previous blog.

As we break lifecycle management into Day 0, 1, 2 and N to install, configure, optimize and upgrade the network to meet application and user requirements, Puppet plays a key role in each step.

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Come and visit Cisco’s booth at PuppetConf October 7 – 9 to see demos and learn more about the integration of Puppet and its benefits on Day 0, 1, 2, and N. Also, visit our sponsor theater on Thursday, Oct 8 at 12:10 PM in the main exhibit hall as well as our breakout session Friday, October 9 at 2:30 PM. We will share how Cisco’s strategy of openness has helped the developer community.

To stay up to date on the latest version of the CiscoPuppet Module source code, visit this GitHub repository that allows network administrators to manage Cisco Network Elements using Puppet.

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IBC 2015: The State of the State of DevOps and the Video Business

JT TaylorBy JT Taylor, Senior Manager, Service Provider Video Solutions Marketing, Cisco

There comes a point in every industry where the evolution of how things get done changes. First there was manual cotton picking, then there was the cotton gin. First there were custom builds, then there were assembly lines. No matter the deliverable, we ultimately get things done better, and more efficiently.

Today’s industrialization chapter, especially as it relates to getting things done better, faster, and more efficiently in video delivery, is equal parts automation, and DevOps — the blending of the people who do development, and the people who keep the machines running, in operations.

For lots of us, DevOps is a relatively new ideology, even though Read More »

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Project Calico and Cisco join forces to supercharge container networking

In the next generation application infrastructure, users need a better experience and a reduction in deployment complexity for customers looking to embrace containers, PaaS and rapid deployment technologies. IOT and other trends will continue to exponentially drive more traffic, making this need all the more pressing.

To solve this issue, Metaswitch and Cisco are partnering on Project Calico which is focused heavily on customer needs in the areas of Scale, Performance, Security and Developer Experience; all of which need addressing to make containers a first rate citizen of today’s networks and compute infrastructure.

Building upon a standards-first, IP-per-container topology, Project Calico sets to improve the ‘status quo’ of container networking and to provide proven integration solutions for existing cloud, service provider and enterprise infrastructures.

We strongly believe container networking will provide unification of next generation application infrastructure, resulting in better user experience and a reduction in deployment complexity for customers looking to embrace containers, PaaS and rapid deployment technologies. This is critical for simplifying the application performance requirements without adding complexity.

The ability to enable a complete networking strategy, from end user, through datacenter, container and into the application; including policy, QoS, access and security; without sacrificing developer time or increasing complexity is increasingly necessary to scale to the IOT workloads of tomorrow and support hybrid-devops development trends.

Users need very performant networks where policy can be distributed to thousands of containers while maintaining trust; or an environment where hundreds of containers are created every second. Manual intervention is no longer an option so new tools and frameworks are needed, solutions which Cisco and Project Calico are collaborating to provide.

We announced this partnership today at the #MesosCON keynote in Seattle, WA, along with a number of other Cisco partnerships around the Mesos community and an official brand for our open source, mesos-based Microservices Infrastructure solution;

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Following the keynote, we took some views from project members;

Matt Johnson, Innovation Architect within Cisco’s Cloud CTO team noted: “After looking at the gaps in the current [container networking] landscape, our internal solutions came very close to Metaswitch’s existing work with Project Calico. Instead of splitting the community, we feel it makes sense to work together to innovate at a quicker pace.

Cisco believes container networking should have a simple, standards-based integration story with existing network and compute topologies, supporting enterprise, service provider and cloud into the future. We feel that Project Calico’s ethos mirrors this strategy and look forward to working more closely with the team.”

Andy Randall, general manager of Metaswitch’s networking business unit and head of Project Calico, added: “Project Calico is rapidly establishing itself as the leading virtual networking solution for at-scale, production container networks. We are thrilled that Cisco has decided to join forces with this effort, accelerating the project’s velocity and helping to address the devops community’s urgent need for a simplified, standardized networking solution across multiple cloud and datacenter infrastructures.”

Check back for more news as the partnership progresses. We will be showcasing the results in our open source microservices project, mantl.

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The Puppet Labs Integration With NX-OS Is Here

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]


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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.

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Intercloud Microservices with Docker and Nirmata

At Cisco Intercloud CTO Innovation Center, innovative vendors are selected to integrate and build cloud services for customer and market trials. We combine the world’s best ISVs with Cisco’s best to bring unique innovations to our customers.   At Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, we launched one such solution – Intercloud Microservices with Docker, Nirmata, and the Cisco ONE Enterprise Suite.  The Intercloud Microservices solution enables a new breed of DevOps – where business get unprecedented agility at scale using cloud-native architectures, and unprecedented flexibility in choosing best-of-breed Cisco Intercloud providers across the globe.

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