In no other time in history have remote work, learning and home entertainment been more important. A record setting $100B was spent globally on applications across Apple’s App Stores and Google Play in 2020. According to IDC, by the end of 2021, based on lessons learned, 80% of enterprises will put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric infrastructure and applications twice as fast as before the pandemic.

At the core of any enterprise’s digital transformation journey is making the most of the public cloud infrastructure. The transition to cloud-centric digital infrastructure, which was already underway, will accelerate following the pandemic. It is clear that a large percentage of a digital enterprise’s revenue depends upon the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of its infrastructure, applications, and data resources. CIOs must accelerate their organization’s transition to a cloud-centric IT model to maintain competitive parity.

One of the key innovations in 2020 from Cisco to mark that fundamental shift was the introduction of the Intent Based Networking (IBN) multidomain enabler, the Cisco Nexus Dashboard. It delivers unprecedented simplicity by integrating multiple data center operational tools, unleashing best in class automation and insights, from a single pane of glass to manage, monitor and troubleshoot the entire network from on-premises to cloud.

Figure 1: Strong need from customers and partners to simplify their data center network operations

This is a giant leap towards an intuitive, easy to use console for full-lifecycle data center automation that will make day-to-day infrastructure operations, governance, and security activities highly automated, based on policies and business KPIs. The process of shifting architectural decisions to focus on these types of metrics, rather than on managing siloed lifecycle management of infrastructure, experiences, marks a significant cultural and operational shift. To learn more about the operational excellence and cloud native networking strategies while offering networking infrastructure, check out this thought leadership on-demand webinar: Leading Simplification in the Multi-Cloud Era.

Our expertise shows that managing a multicloud data center network spanning on-premises, edge and cloud sites is a multi-disciplinary effort among NetOps and DevOps teams. These teams control different facets of the IT infrastructure, including the operational toolsets that analyze and continuously assure the infrastructure, the SLOs for best application experience, and the consistent implementation of segmentation and access control policies to protect vital business assets.

You can learn further from this deep dive Cisco Nexus Dashboard demo webinar about how this key software based innovation will propel you to the next level of powerful operational capabilities and unpack powerful use cases.

For you to learn further about how Cisco’s Nexus Dashboard simplifies complexity with uniform on-boarding experience for sites and commonly used apps for proactive operations, we are springing forward into 2021 with a series of interactive demo webinars.

During these sessions, learn more from our experts on how to use our intuitive and centralized management console, Cisco Nexus Dashboard, to onboard common operational services, rapidly assure, change, scale and troubleshoot to operate the full multi-cloud environment.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard now supports on-boarding of Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) sites. Cisco DCNM is the network management platform for all NX-OS enabled deployments.

Cisco Multi-Site Orchestrator (MSO) allows operators to realize a true hybrid cloud scenario, defining, and orchestrating network policy across DCNM, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), cloud and edge across domains. Learn more about Cisco MSO expanding network orchestration and policy management through Cisco Nexus Dashboard. MSO will also be the first application to work across both Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and DCNM sites making Nexus Dashboard a single pane of glass across Cisco ACI/APIC and Cisco NX-OS/DCNM controllers.

Nexus Dashboard is a single pane of glass across Cisco ACI/APIC and Cisco NX-OS/DCNM controllers.

2021 will bring an accelerated adoption of automation and cloud native technologies. Become well versed about the easy on-boarding of data center operational services for network monitoring, verification, scaling and optimization with the Cisco Nexus Insights, Multi-Site Orchestrator and upcoming integrations with 3rd party best-of-breed ecosystem partners. Just like a consumer can view apps on a smartphone, operators now have a comprehensive view of their DC network, everywhere in the world, from one interface.

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Register now for our upcoming webinars to meet our technical experts, and to experience the ease of comprehensive visibility and scale in the multicloud. Bring your questions and learn more about the trends that are driving digital growth. We look forward to your participation and an active discussion!


Cisco Nexus Dashboard – A Deeper Dive – February 2



Usha Andra

Leader, Product Marketing

Data Center and Cloud Networking