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Businesses today rely on applications for critical functions at every level of the organization. To address the ever-increasing demands of applications and devices, networks are expected to be flexible and open while responding to dynamic demands.
In the video below, Cisco Director of Data Center Marketing Harry Petty talks with Colin Savage, vice president of business development at Splunk, about how the companies teamed up to create an app that provides single-pane visibility across the data center so IT managers can monitor and adjust the mission-critical resources applications need.
Cisco ACI for Splunk Enterprise delivers centralized, real-time visibility for applications and underlying infrastructures across bare metal and virtualized environments. The app combines Cisco ACI’s policy-based programming of the network, security, and devices with the capabilities of Splunk Enterprise, a scalable and versatile platform for searching, monitoring, and analyzing device data such as logs, events, and performance and configuration metrics.
Released this summer with the Cisco APIC controller, Cisco ACI for Splunk Enterprise helps IT organizations to take advantage of Splunk’s detailed statistics. Supporting role-based access, this app enables different teams (network, security, server) to understand networking systems not only in context of corresponding applications requirements, but also in context of attached storage, computing resources, and virtualization domains. Organizations can string together this information, end to end, to get a view of the overall business impact to IT stakeholders.
Savage says the app helps businesses frame data center performance in terms of what it means for customers by providing fine-grained visualization via dashboards to show both historical and real-time network health and behavior. APIC’s visibility into the network control plane and unified, application-driven policy approach align with Splunk’s ability to provide visibility across all the components or layers in the infrastructure that can affect the application delivery to end users.
“Are customers being treated appropriately?” he asks. “Are they behaving as project managers expected they would, or not? All of that information from the Cisco ACI — tied together with the information Splunk collects from up and down the stack — provides that sort of visibility.”