Cisco and SAS Software. Trusted. Powerful. Comprehensive.

– March 30, 2017 – 0 Comments

Contributors: Raghunath Nambiar

‘…It takes a big village…’ so to speak when it comes to bringing enterprise-class big data & analytics solutions to the market. It is for this reason that our Cisco UCS team partners with several key ISVs in the big data segment be they Hadoop vendors, analytics providers, MySQL platforms, etc.

SAS Software is one of our strategic ISV relationships. Just recently at Cisco Live Berlin we introduced our first ‘Edge to Enterprise Big Data’ solution with them. Next week in Orlando, FL at their SAS Global Forum 2017 event our joint momentum continues as we will again take the stage with them.

If you are there, please try to attend the Monday morning (8:30 – 10:00), April 3rd General Session: “Technology Connection. Analytics in Action. Innovation at Work”.  Here Cisco Computing Systems Product Group (CSPG) CTO Raghu Nambiar will join along with others Oliver Schabenberger, SAS Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Hear from Schabenberger on how innovation in analytics affects programmers, business users and executives today.

Today in market we have two offerings with SAS, our SAS Visual Analytics with Cisco UCS solution and our Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics Platform solution with SAS.

These new solutions are based on our fourth generation big data and analytics architecture,  Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics. It is a highly scalable architecture for big data and analytics systems that includes computing, storage, and networking resources fully managed through Cisco UCS Manager and linearly scalable to thousands of nodes using Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches and the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) platform. You can dive into the details of these two SAS Software oriented Cisco Validated Designs on the Cisco Design Zone here.

By the way, if you can’t attend the SAS Global Forum in person, here is the event’s streaming web site.

To continue to learn more about Cisco’s data and analytics solution offerings – from the Edge to the Enterprise – please visit www.cisco.com/go/bigdata

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Extend Virtualization Beyond The Branch

– March 30, 2017 – 0 Comments

A year ago, I have introduced our Enterprise NFV solution, This year at CiscoLive Berlin (#CLEUR), we have announced solutions that extend virtualization beyond the branch, across the entire enterprise network and to the cloud.

Every day, we see how digital transformation is changing the way we work, live, play and learn. Fueled by trends such as mobility, IoT, cloud and analytics, going digital is more important than ever.

In order to accelerate your digital transformation, you need a network that can respond fast to your growing needs.

Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) enables your network to become open, software driven, and service centric by providing virtualization capabilities that are open, software driven and service centric. DNA allows you to rapidly deliver services that enable IT to innovate faster, reduce costs and complexity, lower risk and meet compliance.

Virtualization is one of its key pillars of Cisco DNA.

With DNA Virtualization you can…

  • Save time – Deploy virtual network services in minutes, instead of weeks.
  • Have more choices – Expand your network securely to any platform – branch, campus, data center, carrier-neutral facility, or the cloud.
  • Lower your costs– Reduce CapEx by moving to virtual services and consolidate hardware. Lower OpEx with automated central orchestration.
  • Increase performance– Connect all types of users to the applications they need through the most optimal path

Branch Virtualization with Enterprise NFV

Branch Virtualization with Enterprise NFV makes it simple and easy to design, provision and manage network services in the branch. Now with a new branch platform optimized for Enterprise NFV, ENCS delivers complete virtualized services. It provides service agility and density needed for the branch with limited IT resources.

Colocation Center Virtualization with Secure Agile Exchange

Cisco Secure Agile Exchange (SAE) solution enables enterprises to quickly and securely interconnect users to applications by virtualizing the DMZ and extending it to colocation centers. It allows users employees, customers and partners to reach the desired application whether the application resides in the data center, the public or SaaS cloud while ensuring the best application experience.

Public Cloud Virtualization with CSR 1000V

Public Cloud Virtualization with CSR 1000V extends your enterprise network to the public cloud by preserving existing policies and gaining visibility. With CSR 1000V at both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Cisco has the large public cloud provider partners to help IT manage services and applications in the public cloud as one entity.

 

Cisco is Unique –

  • Simple – manage your virtualized and distributed networks as one
  • Everywhere in the network, branch to the cloud
  • Comprehensive – network services you can trust

So to summarize – here are the benefits you should expect from DNA virtualization –

  1. Simplifies day to day operations by increasing uptime and reducing time network Administrators spend troubleshooting
  2. Helps IT quickly roll out new services and new locations. IT can support the business in a timely manner, by deploying new applications, services or supporting business initiatives.
  3. Provides consistent network policies through the entire network and to the cloud. IT has the freedom to choose the network services, where it is deployed and where they deploy it on.

Check out the demo I have done on stage with Scott Harrell, SVP Product Management Enterprise Networking –

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iCAM

– March 29, 2017 – 0 Comments

iCAM (Intelligent Comprehensive Analytics and Machine Learning) is Cisco’s breakthrough innovation that provides traffic analytics, per-feature hardware usage, recommendations and so on.

Visualize a system where customers

  1. Get visibility about traffic patterns.
  2. Get info about which subnets and L4 ports are hitting top x % of the traffic
  3. Get deep analysis of how their hardware is being used. How much of each hardware table is being used by each feature.
  4. Get recommendation from the network equipment. Eg, if they have reached some high watermarks and are at risk due to scale. Or recommendation to make a configuration change to allow for higher scale or make other tradeoffs.
  5. Can automatically eliminate redundant configurations. Eg, ACL entries that have not been hit in 2 years, but are hogging the precious TCAM space.
  6. and so on..

Our patent pending technologies, allow all of this to be natively done in the switch/router.

Some of the benefits include:

  • There is no solution today which can do all of the above
  • CAPEX savings: Using iCAM, customers have to buy exactly what they need. Network design becomes a science and not an art.
  • OPEX savings: Makes it very easy for sales teams, services teams, troubleshooting teams.
  • 10x High availability of IT infrastructure

iCAM is a revolutionary technology that addresses the new trends in Cloud, Inter-cloud, fog computing, Fabric based solutions, NFV (Network Function Virtualization), SDN (Software defined Networking), DCI(Data Center Interconnect), Telemetry/Analytics, EaaS (Everything as a Service), IoE (Internet of Everything), VXLAN,  collaboration, etc.

Almost all customers of IT equipment would be interested in deploying iCAM.

We are creating more videos, blogs etc as of this writing. There is a fantastic GUI which is available too.

 

For more information, please send email to nxos-icam@cisco.com

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CloudCenter 4.8 Release–Brownfield Import and Action Library

– March 28, 2017 – 0 Comments

Contributors: Kurt Milne

The big news in March for cloud was the AWS S3 outage that brought down some large pieces of the Internet with it. While the world didn’t end, it definetly caused issues and illustrated the need for a cloud strategy that accounts for vendor failure. But managing multiple clouds, accounts, and capabilities–that sounds too complex, doesn’t it?

Traditionally, you had only a couple of choices on how to manage hybrid cloud or multi-cloud service delivery, usually causing you to use multiple sets of orchestration and management tools that are technology or cloud specific. The better approach,though, is to choose a cloud management platform like Cisco CloudCenter to manage your hybrid estate. If you choose a “One Platform” approach, you get more value by using your CMP to manage as many workload types and technologies as possible.

That brings us to the Cisco CloudCenter 4.8 release, which will release at the end of April.

This release showcases some great work, building upon previous release themes. Before this release, admins had the ability to view existing VMs via the inventory report, but weren’t able to do anything with them. Additionally, we had a list of “Day 2” operations, but no way to extend that list in a meaningful way.

4.8 presents the second of our three-phase plan around brownfield and operations by offering new features that broaden the scope of workloads that can be managed by CloudCenter, and extend what users can do via self-service. These changes deliver on the promise of “Any Cloud, One Platform”, and offer an elegant solution for reigning in shadow IT while improving both user self-service capabilities and central IT control. New features include:

  • Brownfield Import VMs Import and manage previously deployed workloads along with new CloudCenter deployed workloads, in both data center and cloud.
  • VM or Application View Flip between VM view and application view, for those that prefer to manage workloads at the VM level.
  • Action Library Define and execute self-service post deployment management actions further enable self-service within guardrails and that reduce the need for IT help tickets.
  • New Cloud Type – Alibaba Cloud support, across all regions.
  • Native Language Support – Chinese, Japanese, and French.
  • Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) – Offer to fit with the “fee for service” service providers.
  • Cisco Ecosystem Benefits – The combination of VM import and action library offers improved interaction with Cisco Tetration, UCS Director, and AppDynamics.

Watch the CloudCenter 4.8 video to learn more.

Below find details of these new features:

  • Brownfield Import VMs – Users can now import and manage previously deployed workloads alongside new CloudCenter deployments. When admins connect CloudCenter to a cloud or datacenter, they can discover and import pre-existing virtual machines and assign those discovered VMs to the appropriate owner, enabling further action and cost reporting.

This feature increases the ROI on your decision to use a one platform approach to hybrid IT management. It allows both IT and users to work together to clean up after shadow IT. Application owners can still access and manage their workloads but can now also use a wide range self-service post deployment actions that previously needed separate tools, direct cloud access, or IT ticket requests.

  • VM or application view – Users can toggle between application list or VM view, and now manage at the VM level through CloudCenter. Admins are able to see all imported VMs including unassigned or already assigned to a specific user. Users will get simplified management of managed applications and VMs all from a single interface. This feature offers fine-grained view of virtual infrastructure for users that prefer to manage at the VM level.
  • Action Library CloudCenter’s full lifecycle management includes definable post deployment operations via an extensible library of actions. Users can apply these actions to either imported VMs or previously deployed applications, without logging an IT ticket, and without having to learn yet another tool. Actions are contextually aware so that they only display to the end user if they are appropriate for that cloud and state, simplifying IT management and making application owners more efficient without having to know cloud specific tools and API calls.

Users can scale up by adding or removing CPU, memory, and disk volumes. Or they can perform other tasks like back-up a database or install an agent. Or even vMotion or “lift and shift” via linked tools—all without the hassle of an IT help request. And users don’t need deep knowledge of cloud specific APIs or multiple environment specific management tools.

Admins easily define or modify actions in a central library. Post deployment actions can include common management tasks that leverage scripts, commands, environment specific API calls, or even API calls to other tools. Role based access control and context-driven policy rules guide who can use various types of actions in different deployment environments.  So, Admins can provide automation guardrails by controlling access and context on who, how, when, and where actions can be used.

  • New Cloud Type – CloudCenter has added support for Alibaba Cloud. Now users can deploy applications to 13 regions including China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, as well as Germany and three in the United States. Alibaba cloud is making inroads as a low-cost development environment. Cloud price wars are far from over. Which gives you more reason to maintain portability and leave your cloud options open.
  • Native Language support – CloudCenter has expanded local language support with language packs for Chinese, Japanese, and French. Language is automatically selected based on the user’s browser language. And language is applied to all features and walk thrus.
  • Service Provider License Agreement CloudCenter now has a service provider licensing option that is a better fit for “fee for service” environments. This option is limited to Cisco qualified service providers.
  • Cisco Ecosystem Benefits CloudCenter can now easily extend the value of other Cisco solutions. The combination of Brownfield import and action library delivers additional value to other IT operations tools. CloudCenter can now import VMs and deploy Tetration sensors and AppDynamics agents in both data center and cloud environments. Users can easily initiate Cisco UCS Director workflows to execute common infrastructure management tasks.

Watch the CloudCenter overview video.  To request a demo, contact your sales team.

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Catena

– March 27, 2017 – 0 Comments

Catena is a multi-terabit service chaining, security, load-balancing, analytics and L4-L7 services integration solution. Eg, Catena can perform these operations at 40 Tbps.

The solution works with all L4-L7 virtual and physical devices, such as, Firewalls, IPS, IDS, WAAS, DDoS protection, load-balancers, SSL offload engines, network monitoring, etc.

With our patent pending algorithms, Catena allows user to create multiple chains with multiple elements in each chain. User can configure security policies to configure which traffic goes through which chain. An element, could be a cluster of devices, in which case Catena load-balances to the cluster. Catena performs health monitoring and failure handling of devices. Catena performs sophisticated analytics.

The solution is natively embedded into the switch/router, i.e., the user doesn’t have to buy any service module or external hardware.

Currently, Cisco Nexus series of switches natively has Catena. Eg, Nexus 7000, 7700, 9000 series of switches.

Here are some key points:

 

  • There is no solution today which can do all of these: security, service chaining, load-balancing, analytics, L4-L7 integration, orchestration.
  • 100x performance improvement: Today’s solutions only solve a small part of the problem, and even then they work at most at 400Gbps. Catena can scale to 40 Tbps.
  • 256x scale improvement: Catena can create a large number of chains, with multiple elements (eg VNFs) in each chain.
  • 1000x CAPEX savings: Today, partial solution costs around $20K for 100Gbps solution, Catena works at 40 Tbps for a fraction of that price.
  • OPEX savings: Today, the user has to do VLAN stitching or create default gateways, which is very hard to deploy and hard to add/remove devices.
  • With today’s solution, either all the traffic is in a chain or not in a chain. Catena allows securely partitioning the traffic through multiple chains.
  • Today’s solution, does not allow user to create multiple chains using the same network elements. Catena allows that.
  • 10x High availability

Catena allows the user to create, orchestrate and scale an elastic network. It could be a data center, service provider or enterprise network.

 

A large number of customers are deploying Catena.

Here are some of the links:

Catena configuration guide 

Catena command reference guide

NetworkWorld lists Catena as Product of the Week.

Catena slide deck

For more information, please email nxos-catena@cisco.com

 

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Cisco UCS Spelunking. Exploring Cisco’s Splunk Community and Other News Bits

– March 27, 2017 – 0 Comments

 

Splunk is one of our key Cisco UCS ISV Partners in the area of data and analytics for the Data Center.  Big Data as we all know throws off tons of structured and unstructured data and the ability to discover its meaning and therefore value requires good analytics capabilities. This is where Splunk comes into play with Cisco UCS.

Our C Series and S Series Cisco UCS offerings when combined with our Cisco UCS Big Data and Analytics Integrated Infrastructure CVDs deliver awesome data platforms for Splunk – we’re fast; we scale; we’re easy to manage; we save you Op Ex and Cap Ex budget; and we improve your Data Scientist’s productivity.  Splunk, as a recognized and multiple winner in the IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) segment according to Gartner, provides the analytics engine. Together we’re a pretty awesome team.

Over the past few years the Cisco UCS team has been working with the Splunk R&D team on various Cisco integrations ranging from UCS, and Nexus, to Spark and Security. Just recently the Cisco DEVNET team showcased their Splunk portal. It’s quite cool, check it out here to see the Data Center and other integrations available to you.

 

Figure 1. Cisco DEVNET Splunk Library

Wait, there’s more! Our ACI team also announced the most recent contributions from Splunk (and other partners) into Cisco’s ACI App Center. Splunk’s contributions was for their ‘Cisco Splunk Connector App’.  Read more about this and the ACI App Center on my friend Ravi Balakrishnan’s blog

To continue to learn more on our Cisco / Splunk capabilities for your Data Center, please visit www.cisco.com/go/bigdata.

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Cisco ACI App Center: Open Platform for Custom Apps

– March 24, 2017 – 0 Comments

Driven by a foundation of Openness, and extensibility of ACI, Cisco ACI App Center is gaining fast traction with Partners, customers and Developers. Several technology partners have already developed Apps and many more are in the process of on-boarding.

With the Cisco ACI App Center, we have enabled developers, partners and customers to build custom Apps on ACI infrastructure. At Cisco Live Berlin this year, I met several customers and partners with a keen interest in writing custom Apps and leveraging existing eco-system partner Apps, and many envision the App center as a market place for business Apps. I am writing this blog to take the reader on a journey of where the App center is today in terms of maturity, the availability of a wide choice of ecosystem partner and channel partner Apps, and where we are taking it from a roadmap standpoint. My emphasis will be on the ecosystem partner Apps, and before I deep-dive, a quick intro to the basics of ACI App Center.

What is the Cisco ACI App Center

Cisco ACI App Center builds on ACI’s foundation of openness, extensibility and programmability. It gives the ability to build both stateless and stateful applications, leveraging the open APIs, security and built-in redundancy functions.

ACI App Center Architecture

This is perhaps the only sentence I will sound geeky, The ACI App Center is a multi-threaded, distributed Clustered Fabric controller based architecture and supports Containers.

A broad and expanding ACI App Center technology partner ecosystem

I have seen the cisco ACI ecosystem grow meteorically in past three years to a 65+ strong community and several technology alliance partners from this ecosystem have also developed Apps for the ACI App Center. These apps deliver value added functions in areas such as monitoring, troubleshooting, security, cloud automation and orchestration etc. CiscoSplunkConnector, ServiceNowConnector, and InfobloxSync, Algosec ConnectivtiyCompliance, and SevOneACIMonitor Apps were showcased in recent CiscoLive Berlin.

 

CiscoSplunkConnector App:

The Splunk App enables customers achieve operational efficiency through its pro-active real-time monitoring, analytics, compliance capabilities. Data Center admins get better visibility to enterprise-wide data and correlate with ACI infrastructure, with a single click app download.

ServiceNowConnector App:

ServiceNowConnector App brings full governance, compliance and business service management capabilities to ACI customers. Automation, service awareness and governance features of ServiceNow integration help our ACI customers build very agile and responsive IT operations.

InfobloxSync App:

InfobloxSync App provides ACI customers enhanced security and visibility.

And that is not all. SevOne, a Cisco ACI ecosystem partner, announced support for Cisco ACI App center. The SevOneACIMonitor App allows users to quickly view and assess alert information for all monitored ACI components. Read PR brief here. Also, Algosec, announced a ConnectivityCompliance App for the App Center at cLive Berlin this year. Detailed PR can be found here. For detailed descriptions of the ACI Apps read whitepaper.

Our Motivation and Roadmap: The Cisco ACI App Center takes the concept of an open architecture to a new level by offering Cisco ecosystem partners and third-party developers and Channel Partners an opportunity to build and share applications that run directly on the APIC and extend the benefits Cisco ACI network offers.

We know that our partners and developers and millions of network engineers have a multitude of ideas, and Cisco ACI App Center is intended as a platform for unleashing this potential for the developer community. We want to connect our customers, partners, and developers through one platform and to offer the broadest array of possibilities of what they can do with their Cisco ACI network. To get you started, we would like to share a few related links:

Related Links:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/application-centric-infrastructure/white-paper-c11-738301.html

https://developer.cisco.com/site/aci/

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/application-centric-infrastructure/solution-overview-c22-738078.pdf

http://www.okpmw.com/_workfiles/Unleashing.IT.Magazine.Next.Gen.Data.Center.Ed.Vol.5.Iss.4.Final.pdf

 

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The Three Superpowers behind your next SAP HANA deployment

– March 23, 2017 – 0 Comments

When I started supporting enterprise application platforms at the turn of the century, the model was pretty simple: a single, huge server with expensive high-performance storage behind it. If you outgrew the storage, you could add more, and if you outgrew the server, you bought the next larger box. It was a very monolithic design, and if you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you’d be forgiven for worrying about monoliths.

In the last couple of years, a lot of mindshare and a lot of actual production business-critical applications have moved toward what could be called “web-scale,” with Hadoop infrastructures being the poster child for these models. We’ve disaggregated performance and capacity, as well as compute from storage, but some applications are still too critical to migrate to take advantage of the new developments.

While a traditional Hadoop platform gives you the ability to spread your storage out over less costly, more granularly scalable devices, it has not traditionally been easy to access from pre-Hadoop-era applications. There are also performance and availability concerns when you work with HDFS, especially if your application doesn’t speak HDFS natively (and most don’t).

Enter MapR and the Converged Data Platform.

 

Visit my guest post on the MapR blog for more details, and to register for the webcast. We’ll talk about the unique joint solution between superpowers Cisco, MapR, and SAP, featuring the Cisco UCS 40 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure. You’ll hear from experts from Cisco IT and MapR on why this design makes sense and how/why Cisco is using it internally. There may even be a mention of toaster pastries.

 

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Network Automation Fuels Scientific Innovation and Discovery

– March 22, 2017 – 0 Comments

Written with Mara Fowler, Cisco Customer Stories

Over the past several centuries, significant scientific discoveries have fueled the rise of modern medicine.  Researchers like Pasteur, Fleming, and Salk identified groundbreaking medical treatments that saved untold numbers of lives.  During this time of medical innovation, Chemical Abstracts, which would later become Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), now an important division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), was established.

With its exceptional scope of scientific information, CAS is the gold standard for providing the research solutions behind thousands of science experiments and medical cures. CAS collects, analyzes and shares chemical data with researchers around the world, which fuels scientific innovation and new drug paradigms.  This indispensable information, taken from a wide range of scientific journals, patent authorities, and regulatory agencies, is stored in multiple databases and needs to be available on demand. This is critical as CAS’s customers need instant access to accurate, secure scientific data in order to develop tomorrow’s breakthroughs and patents.

However, managing the network traffic for this vast trove of vital information became increasingly difficult for CAS.  Saddled with the low-level, manual tasks required to support a traditional network, CAS engineers were challenged to meet increasing demands to deploy solutions with agility and speed.   The organization needed to transform itself to be able to rapidly and securely deliver solutions through the use of automation.  To accomplish this, CAS turned to Cisco’s SDN solution, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

By incorporating Cisco’s ACI solution and streamlining its network infrastructure into an application-based policy, CAS increased its network bandwidth throughput by a factor of four. Time-consuming tasks like resource provisioning were automated with ACI. This allowed engineers to focus on higher-level projects, such as building out its cloud environment which will drive its business forward.  In addition, the solution allows for a data center that’s secure, yet flexible enough to manage the future growth of CAS’s chemical content and its corresponding demand.

This increased operational efficiency has allowed CAS to focus on the things that matter; in this case organizing millions of pieces of scientific data and ensuring researchers have access to it. Through network automation and a digital foundation built with Cisco, CAS can bring new research solutions to market and tap into new areas of scientific discovery.  Pairing Cisco technology with CAS’s research solutions is paving the way for the next groundbreaking scientific discovery; the next cure for a disease; the next medical revolution.  There’s never been a better time to save a life.

To learn more about Cisco ACI, go here, or how it helped CAS, go here.

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Why ACI is the best platform to run Datos IO + Cassandra Hyperscale Application – Multi TB data backup in the order of hours

– March 21, 2017 – 1 Comment

Business growth, digital transformation, and business innovation are propelling enterprises to adopt next-generation, high-value, data-centric applications such as real-time analytics, operational intelligence, and machine learning. To support the data requirements of these high-volume, high-ingestion-rate, next-generation applications, enterprises are rapidly adopting massively scalable and non-relational databases such as Apache Cassandra, MongoDB etc.

To deploy web scale systems leveraging NoSQL databases like Cassandra, an easily-scalable infrastructure and a reliable backup strategy is paramount. Cisco ACI enables zero-touch addition and removal of Cassandra nodes with an intent- and policy-based language, while DatosIO RecoverX provides reliable on-premises and cloud-based backup and recovery. In this blog, I will take you on a quick tour of how the three technologies together provide a reliable, scalable, and recoverable data center solution for modern applications.

Cisco ACI, Cassandra DB and Datos RecoverX: Better Together

With the combined power of Cisco ACI, Datos RecoverX, and Apache Cassandra, applications can expect superior performance, deep application insight, and a modern backup strategy. Cisco ACI’s application-profiles model the pieces of an application into endpoint groups (EPGs), or tiers. The profiles use contracts to specify which pieces can talk to each other, and they use filters to specify what they can talk about (ports, protocols, etc.). After an application profile is modeled, new endpoints can be added without making any changes to the existing policy. After Cisco ACI fabric understands the intended policy, more nodes can be added without the need for any user intervention.

Key value-props of Cisco ACI: Zero-Touch Addition and Removal of Cassandra Nodes

The addition and removal of Apache Cassandra nodes to a cluster demonstrate the power of Cisco ACI application profiles. In an existing environment, you frequently may need to add more Cassandra nodes to a cluster to accommodate growth in the database, increase resiliency, or add computing power. In a non-ACI envt, each node added required manual configuration of the network infrastructure. This process could take a long time, because the needs of application teams cannot readily be translated into traditional network objects such as VLANs, subnets, IP addresses, quality-of-service (QoS) policies, access control lists (ACLs), etc

With Cisco ACI, adding a new node is zero-touch operation. Cisco ACI already has the application profile and components needed to identify the traffic from the new node when it reaches the Cisco ACI fabric, and it can enforce the policy at line rate in hardware immediately. You do not need to notify Cisco ACI of the new nodes.

When Datos RecoverX with Apache Cassandra is run in a Cisco ACI environment, the cluster can elastically expand and contract without the need to manage the details of the network infrastructure underneath. Modern, application-centric policy already is in control and knows how to adapt.

Insieme’s ACI Czar, Carly Stoughton has extensive experience in developing ACI based solutions for hyperscale applications. Carly summarizes the value-props of ACI eloquently as below in her testimonial:

 

Cisco ACI and Datos RecoverX with Apache Cassandra Validation/Test Environment

We validated the ACI-Cassandra-Datos RecoverX architecture in a production quality Lab environment.

Test Results:

Using CODR architecture that removes media-server bottlenecks, RecoverX was able to complete the initial backup of the entire cluster within 1.6 hours. This result is equivalent to about 60 TB per day of backup performance. And because of the solution’s industry-first semantic deduplication capability, only 1.4 TB of storage capacity was used on the NFS server.

Conclusion:

As more next-generation applications use highly distributed nonrelational databases such as Apache Cassandra and MongoDB, catering to the needs of the application becomes increasingly important from the perspective of the infrastructure. Insieme Business Unit will continue to lead the research and  exploration of integrated solutions featuring other web-scale solutions coupled with Cisco ACI.

Related Links

www.cisco.com/go/aci

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/application-centric-infrastructure/white-paper-c11-738617.html

http://datos.io/datos-io-codr-architecture/

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  1. Thanks for :Insieme’s ACI Czar, Carly Stoughton has extensive experience in developing ACI based solutions for hyperscale applications. Carly summarizes the value-props of ACI eloquently as below in her testimonial http://www.metin2mmo.com/