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Do we still need data center networking experts ?

December 10, 2009 - 2 Comments

At a time where unification and simplification are critical for the management of the Data Center, Ravi Balakrishnan, Cisco Data Center Solution marketing Manager, brought my  attention to a key components of  the Cisco Nexus family, the Cisco Data Center Network Manager 4.2
His constant exposure to a diverse and large number of customers, convinced Ravi of the importance of this solution, and he is pretty passionate  about the list of benefits that DCNM 4.2 provides to the network administrator.

Designed for the Cisco Nexus family (2000, 5000, 7000),  Cisco DCNM 4.2 consolidates many individual management tools (fault analysis, performance monitoring configuration archiving, software image upgrading, etc.) into one single solution 


Cisco DCNM 4.2 uploads inventory, configuration, fault, and performance data from all the Cisco Nexus network platforms with which it is configured, offering enhanced functions such as network virtualization management and a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and XML open API for third-party application integration

DCNM provides a centralized management application that delivers management throughout the entire data center network infrastructure : Core aggregation, access, top-of-rack, and blade switch, and storage fabric
Therefore DCNM is multiprotocol aware and manages Fibre channel, Ethernet, IP and Network security

The DCNM approach to usability is unique .With the DCNM graphical user interface, provisioners are automatically in the context of the configuration to be accomplished: Navigation between windows is minimal

 In addition DCNM features an accurate graphical representation of the physical network in a single window . The topology map visualizes devices and links, and displays configuration information


Cisco Data Center Network Manager 4.2 offers a lot of interesting features  and benefits for the IT organization , as described in the webpage – Check the quick video data sheet as well !
Please take a moment  to review this amazing tool , and tell us if you agree with the statement
DCNM 4.2 features  greatly simplifies and automates operations eliminating the need to be a networking expert”



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  1. i need more info

  2. I agree that this application will take away the daily management of a network from a network engineer, but when it breaks you'll still need a network expert to troubleshoot packet loss, CAM table problems etc