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Nexus switches simplify load balancing

January 20, 2015 - 6 Comments

Simple is rarely a word used to describe Data center or Campus networks. Network operators and administrators are often bogged down by the complexity of network design and related configuration. Cisco has an innovative solution that simplifies setting up load balancer devices. Network services like load balancers now use Remote Integrated Service Engine(RISE) on Nexus switches.  RISE enables simplified provisioning and configuration through automatic discovery and bootstrap of Citrix NetScaler Appliances.

The innovative Cisco RISE technology tightly couples external service appliances, such as the Citrix NetScaler ADC, to Cisco Nexus 7000,6000,5000,7700 Series Switches, enabling more efficient and flexible delivery for network services. Automatic discovery and bootstrap reduce administrator involvement for Appliance implementations from 30 steps to 8 steps: creating the port channel, allowing the control and data VLANs, and enabling desired Cisco RISE features on the Cisco Nexus Series Switch. RISE eliminates the need to physically connect a serial cable to configure the device through a console cable.

RISE is available on Citrix Netscaler MPX,VPX and SDX and Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module.

   Three  Simple  Steps to Configure RISE

  1. Interconnect the Citrix NetScaler with the Nexus Switch
  2. Create port-channel & set vlan(layer 2 ) configuration
  3. Create a RISE service using CLI or DCNM

Simplify using RISE

Cisco RISE integrates Citrix NetScaler as a service module within the Cisco Nexus 7000, 7700,5K,6K switch, even though it remains a physically separate device. Architecturally, this virtual service module arrangement is enabled by embedded intelligent services that securely integrate the control planes of the Citrix NetScaler ADC and Cisco Nexus Series Switches.

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  1. Is RISE really available now on Nexus 5k and 6k? And will Rise be available on Nexus 9k platform also?

    • Yes, EFT/Demos are available for 5k/6k and in planning stage for other nexus platforms. For more info , feel free to send an email

      • Is there a release date for the 5K?
        and what are the Hardware and Software requirements?

        • Hi Christoph, This feature will be available in 7.1.1N1(1) , The 5K needs to have support for Layer3 and you will need a L3 daughter card if your box doesn’t support L3 by default.

  2. Is it also available on the Citrix NetScaler 1000v from Cisco?