Just more than a year and a half ago, Cisco shared its vision for the application-centric future of networking. Now, Cisco Senior Vice President Soni Jiandani says the future of networking is here. She reflected recently on how Cisco is executing on its software-defined networking (SDN) strategy, including developments in open programmability through Cisco Open NX-OS.
Cisco’s SDN strategy focuses on driving choice in automation and programmability through open API-based solutions, broad ecosystems for programmable networks and fabrics, and a turnkey approach for the company’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). In a recent blog post, Jiandani looks at how ACI creates value for customers and partners, and how customer response has shaped Cisco’s latest software release for ACI. The latest ACI innovations are delivered in three primary areas:
- Extending cloud automation and security
- Broader ecosystem support and operational flexibility
- Enhanced application mobility and disaster recovery
To learn more, listen to Soni’s recent speaking session this month at Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, Fulfilling the SDN Vision + ACI Customer Testimonials .
Cisco’s network innovation efforts also include providing open programmability through Open NX-OS, a rich software suite built on a Linux foundation that exposes APIs, data models, and programmatic constructs.
The complimentary book, “Programmability and Automation with Cisco NX-OS,” explores Open NX-OS and many of the tools and options it provides. The book examines the drivers for network automation, the fundamental supporting technologies, and the many new capabilities now available to network infrastructures. It also provides real-world use cases that can be immediately utilized for a successful transition to safer, more efficient, and more repeatable operations.
Read Jiandani’s full post to learn more about customer-driven innovations to ACI. And for more detailed technical information on Open NX-OS programmability, check out Cisco’s Open NX-OS developer site. Among other practical information, it provides basic Open NX-OS configuration use cases such as interface config, VLAN config and management, and OSPF config.