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Initially announced in 2004, Cisco IOS XR has since become the industry-leading network operating system with countless deployments into many service provider, enterprise, and public sector’s networks. Over the past few years, we’ve focused our efforts on making IOS XR much more simple, modern, trustworthy, and cloud-enhanced.

We will be participating in an exciting event sharing the IOS XR new capabilities as part of the Cisco DevNet Day virtual event. The Service Provider track sessions will cover the following topics.

Automate your deployment

As every network is different, a one-size-fits-all approach to network deployment’s automation simply does not work. This is why we’ve equipped XR7 with the most exhaustive set of APIs to help you automate every stage of your deployment your own way.

Whatever your needs are – from day-0 zero-touch deployment to day-1 model-driven provisioning through day-2+ controller/application driven traffic engineering use cases – XR7 has you covered. To custom-fit automated deployments to your specific needs, XR7 offers a wide variety of protocols and models supported at each layer of the stack.

If you want to get started on automating your deployments by leveraging open APIs in XR7, attend this session in which we share code samples and documentation.

It does not stop there. With the advent of 5G and an increase in subscriber traffic, networks are set to grow larger, with greater operational overhead, increased security compliance requirements outside the NOC, and mounting operational expenses associated with on-site provisioning and staging. It is now more imperative than ever to deploy your devices at scale in an automated manner, right from day-0.

In this session, discover how Cisco Crosswork introduces support for IOS XR Zero-Touch Provisioning functionality and leverages the XR ZTP APIs and libraries to ease your transition from manual staging to large-scale automated onboarding from truck unloads to service activation.

Speed up your testing cycles

We’ve enhanced IOS XR with cloud-delivered capabilities to streamline your network operations. No need to go into risky and lengthy on-premise deployments as you can consume these new capabilities as a SaaS service.

One of the first services we are introducing is Crosswork Qualification Environment (CQE) that fast-tracks the qualification of new OS releases.

In this session, you will discover how you can simply select your routing platform of choice as well as the network application and features being used in your deployment, or simply upload your router configurations. Crosswork Qualification Environment then automatically builds a CD pipeline and gets you the deployment score within a few hours!

Leverage Crosswork applications

Cisco Crosswork Network Automation is a set of applications designed to help you gain the mass awareness, augmented intelligence, and proactive control for a data-driven, intent-based automated network. All these applications have been built to be flexible, customizable, programmable, and open in order to address diverse automation use cases and make the most out of technologies such as machine learning (ML) and advanced analytics.

Many tools have been developed that make it easy for external developers to integrate and customize with the Crosswork applications and platform at minimal development time and cost.

If you want to learn more about how you can achieve operational excellence using Crosswork applications like – Zero-Touch Provisioning, Change Automation and Health Insights – listen to this technical session. More details on the programmability of these Crosswork Applications will be shared as well.

Addressing new market trends force you to develop new network offerings that can be deployed with just a few mouse-clicks. In this talk, we share insights into how Crosswork applications bring Service Orchestration to the next level with pro-active monitoring and advanced remediation capabilities. We are also showcasing a demo of a Layer3 VPN service where we exemplify how these new capabilities result in superior customer experience by significantly decreasing the meantime to repair (MTTR).

Extract insights from your network

Modern network operations necessitate collecting many network state indicators, network statistics, and critical infrastructure information at very high-frequency, which are then processed to get further insight into what’s happening in real-time in the network and help take action if need be. The collection of this vast amount of data sits at the very heart of closed-loop automation solutions and has been made possible by model-driven telemetry – a new approach for network monitoring in which data is streamed from network devices continuously using a push model and provides near real-time access to operational statistics.

Telemetry overcomes the scaling limitations that traditional techniques such as SNMP, CLI, and Syslog had.

If you’re eager to enable streaming telemetry in your network, watch this session that provides an overview of the components of a telemetry collection stack and how to deploy using open source tools.

Make device configuration simpler

Device configuration is one of the bedrocks of network automation given that configuration ultimately drives the state of the network. We released our first configuration data models in 2017 and, since then, we have worked on making the adoption of model-driven configuration a reality. Earlier this year, we started introducing unified configuration models for IOS XR devices. These models provide the most familiarity to existing users plus automatic coverage of all functionality on the device. They represent the long-term direction of configuration data models on this software platform.

Listen to this session to learn more about what unified models are, to understand why they are being introduced, and discover a set of best practices for their adoption.

Preview Protocol Automation

Automation provides service providers a way to rapidly deploy services. Services are built with a collection of protocols. Day to day tasks of ascertaining protocol centric issues, or the ability to evolve protocols to handle new usecases that enable cutting edge services is relatively new. IOS XR has a wide variety of protocols – a number of these have used off-box software tools, even before the concept of ‘Software Defined’ arrived a decade ago. As an example, BGP Route Reflector, enabled BGP to scale significantly. Get a preview of demos that highlight how protocols can leverage automation.

Featuring 3 preview demos on Multicast, QoS & BGP – all being built within the Crosswork ecosystem and feature the same Open API framework. These XR Apps can assist in Remediation of issues with Machine Reasoning & Learning Algorithms. The demos represent the tip of the iceberg – and more information can be obtained by reaching our engineers @ xr-apps@external.cisco.com

Register now for the virtual event, June 18

If you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn more about the latest IOS XR capabilities, join us for the Service Provider Track and register today for the FREE virtual event.

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