Cisco adds to its Nexus data-center-management software

Cisco adds to its Nexus data-center-management software

Cisco integrates Data Center Network Manager into Nexus Dashboard, adding support for traditional network environments.

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Most recently, Cisco said it has added similar support for its Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) software which manages existing networking systems running NX-OS. 

For customers that means they can control newer ACI-based cloud and edge resources and now traditional DCNM-based systems all from a single console.

Another  key component of the dashboard, Nexus Insights, lets customers monitor and analyze their fabric in real-time to identify anomalies, provide root-cause analysis, perform capacity planning, and accelerate troubleshooting. That application can now work with ACI and DCNM environments, Cisco stated.

“Nexus 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,” wrote Usha Andra, product marketing manager with Cisco’s Data Center Networking Portfolio in a blog outlining Nexus details. 

“The process of shifting architectural decisions to focus on these types of metrics, rather than on managing siloed lifecycle management of infrastructure...marks a significant cultural and operational shift.”

Cisco’s overarching goal is to enable the cloud-neutral orchestration and networking support needed for customers to deploy and support workloads anywhere they are deployed, Todd Nightingale, Cisco’s Enterprise Networking & Cloud business chief said in a recent Network World article.

 “The idea going forward is to focus on delivering powerful networking and software options on a smaller number of integrated platforms to simplify and bring an enormous amount of agility for enterprise customers,” Nightingale said.

At the time of its introduction, Cisco said the Nexus Dashboard supports services provided by third-parties such as ServiceNow for incident management, AlgoSec for security policy, Splunk for business intelligence and F5/Citrix for load balancing. Additional third-party integrations are expected, Cisco stated.

The system also supports open-source software including Red Hat Ansible for building and deploying enterprise automation and Hashicorp’s Terraform infrastructure management software.

The Nexus Dashboard is available now as an appliance and later in the first quarter as a virtual cloud instance.

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