Cisco enhances SDN capabilities with new offers

Enterprise networking vendor Cisco announced new capabilities to enhance its SDN strategy at Cisco Live 2015.

Cisco today said it has 2,655 Nexus and ACI customers and over 585 APIC Customers. Cisco’s Nexus 3000 and Nexus 9000 portfolio grew 144 percent year-over-year, with over 1 million switch ports shipped.

Symantec, a Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) customer, projects a 5-year cumulative benefit of 441 percent ROI and reports 87 percent faster application development life cycle as a direct result of deploying Cisco ACI.

The following will be available in H2 2015, said Cisco.

# New Hardware and Software Additions to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Cisco said the new version of software for ACI deployments include additional cloud management integration, enhanced multi-site support and improved operations including:

@ Microsoft Azure and System Center virtual network automation and transit fabric interconnect support
Expanded ACI stretched fabric support for multi-site data center deployment and disaster recovery use cases for up to 150 kilometers over DWDM, Pseudo wire and 40G dark fiber
CliQr, a new ACI ecosystem member, provides application dependency mapping and application deployment automation on ACI networks
Improved operational simplicity with heat maps, capacity planning and new simplified troubleshooting tools

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# New SDN Capabilities across the Nexus Switch Portfolio

Cisco announces new enhancements to the Nexus portfolio, including a common programmatic approach, standards-based automation, and new Nexus 3000 switches:

Cisco NX-OS operating system extensibility support on Nexus 9000 switches with object store and model-driven NX-API enhancements

built in third party DevOps automation tools

secure SDK enabling third party and custom application development running natively on NX-OS, a common programmatic approach using NX-API across the entire Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches)

Cisco said the new Nexus 3200 Top of Rack switches for 10G/25G/40G/50G/100G cloud data centers are available in the third quarter of 2015.

Nexus 3232C delivers 128 ports of 25Gb or 32 ports of 100Gb and Nexus 3264Q delivers 64 ports of 40Gb will also be available.
Cisco will offer fabric support on Cisco Nexus 5600 and Nexus 7000 switches with VXLAN BGP EVPN in addition to the current support available on Nexus 9000.

Cisco Virtual Topology System, a data center overlay provisioning and management system for stand-alone Nexus fabric, supports overlays across the entire Cisco Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches). VTS supports the BGP EVPN control plane for managing VXLAN overlays in the programmable fabric. It also integrates with cloud management systems such as OpenStack, using plug-ins for seamless integration and overlay automation.

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