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Cisco extends SDN for VMware integration, Docker containers

Jim Duffy | Dec. 4, 2015
New release of ACI and NX-OS software intended to further extend capabilities for multivendor environments.

Other features of these new software releases are a multi-site capability that enables policy-driven automation across multiple datacenters; and support for automated service insertion for any Layer 4/7 service without the need for a device package.

The multi-site feature is an application in the ACI software toolkit. It provides multi-floor, multi-building and cross campus connectivity of multiple data centers so that a single, consistent management and policy domain can be shared across multiple fabric instances.

The automated Layer 4/7 service insertion capability supports any Layer 4/7 device, Cisco says, and can insert these services without a device package. Previously required, a device package for APIC lets customers configure application policies and requirements for Layer 4/7 appliances across the ACI fabric.

Dropping the device package requirement enhances automation of Layer 4/7 service insertion, Cisco says.

Lastly, APIC Release 1.2(1x) and NX-OS 11.2(1X) include an NX-OS style CLI, optimization of ACI hardware utilization, configuration rollback, and a system-wide heat map for real-time visibility into system health.

Most of these feature are available now or later this month. Attribute-based isolation of VMware VDS and bare metal hardware, and intra-group workload isolation will be available in the first quarter of 2016.

Cisco also added two ACI ecosystem partners. ScienceLogic provides fault detection and assurance, and application infrastructure performance monitoring. One Convergence offers lifecycle management of Layer 4-7 services in OpenStack, and integration with APIC for service chaining automation.

Cisco now has 47 partners in its ACI ecosystem.


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