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Over the years, IT departments have invested heavily in the datacenter networks increasing the number and types of devices. The devices are installed to support ever increasing applications that are resource hungry for moving various types of data such as video, audio, M2M, etc. The proliferation of the networking devices has made monitoring and interacting with the network very complex. As part of the Cisco ONE SDN strategy, onePK or “one Platform Kit”, aims to hide the complexity enabling access to the valuable data inside network via easy-to-use APIs.
onePK is a set of APIs that allow programmers to make direct function calls within their applications that result in extremely rich interactions with the network. The platform gives developers a comprehensive, granular programmatic access to Cisco infrastructure through a broad set of APIs. It is a set of Lego blocks that programmers can use to perform functions such as changing routes in the network, making policy decisions about who has access to what information, enforcing security or QoS rules, and interacting directly with packets flowing through the network. Here are some of the more interesting applications that have been created by API users:
- Video Quality Monitoring: IT departments everywhere are rolling out video, which takes a lot of different forms when it hits the network – Skype video, 3-screen Telepresence, multicast of the board meeting, YouTube videos to name a few. The monitoring application uses the deep packet inspection capabilities within the router to determine the type and quality of the video to eventually optimize the end user experience. IT staff can assess the video quality for the remote user without placing any specialized equipment in the end user location.
- Custom Security Protocol: With onePK, an application can request a packet stream matching a set of custom criteria and can do whatever secret packet manipulation, such as custom encryption algorithms, needs to do before sending the packet stream back into the network.
- Application Performance Monitoring: With the application recognition and reporting capabilities in Cisco devices, it is now possible to discover myriad of details regarding the performance characteristics of the thousands of different applications traveling across the network. With onePK, IT can set business or security rules to automatically determine performance requirements and quarantine unknown applications.
- Dynamic QoS: One of the difficult problems in the broadband aggregation world is matching the upstream and downstream QoS on both ends of a DSL or with the other broadband connections. The Dynamic QoS application takes the guesswork out of the configuration detecting the upstream and downstream bandwidth at the hub and spoke. It then automatically configures the correct QoS profile at each end of the connection freeing up time for the highly skilled technicians.
- Business Based Routing: Dynamically changes the route packets through the network based on real-time business information such as operating costs, latency requirements, operating hours, etc. The custom criteria are used in addition to the traditional highest bandwidth or least congested paths to identify the most cost-effective route through the network.
With onePK, developers can not only interact directly with the hardware but also use agents to work with other protocols such as OpenFlow. The framework enables flexibility and future-proofing while still maintaining a common underlying infrastructure for consistency and coherency. As a result, customers are not locked into a single approach, instead, they can concurrently use native onePK access, protocol-based access, or traditional access (aka run in hybrid mode) as their needs dictate.
In summary, onePK provides an extensible programmatic support with the ability to use API natively or to work with technologies and protocols as they are developed and released. It gives customers a remarkable level of flexibility, extensibility and risk mitigation.
Join Cisco’s presentation as we cover:
- Cisco onePK’s architecture and deployment models
- Demonstration of How Glue Networks is using onePK in Location based Discovery and Security Policy Management.
Join us during this live demo as the following panelists deep dive into the onePK solution and share its capabilities live and in action:
- Kumar Reddy, Director, Technical Marketing, Cisco
- Hector Salas, Solutions Architect, Glue Networks
This event has ended. To view the archived videos, podcast and transcript of this DemoFriday, please visit: https://www.sdxcentral.com/resources/sdn-demofriday/2013-demofriday-archives/cisco-onepk-demo-glue-networks/