Cisco DemoFriday: Manage and Orchestrate Cisco Nexus Series Switches with Puppet
For many IT companies, provision of new services comes from working in environments with manual processes and ad-hoc scripting. Because these IT companies work in silos, it takes many tickets between different teams to efficiently relay necessary changes that must be executed for the network to support application requirements.
Many organizations used a CLI or GUI method as their go-to approach. But, the evolving and changing networks of networks requires this method to change as well, especially when you factor in increased complexity and need for faster delivery and response time for applications.
DevOps tools, like Puppet, empower Fast IT by gathering several IT teams together and overcoming challenges with automation. With an automated approach, IT professionals have the ability to manage a large number of devices quickly and efficiently. By doing this, IT teams can do more with less, giving them the ability to react faster to changing business needs.
In Cisco’s DemoFriday, they highlight how the Puppet framework can drastically streamline management and condense deployment times of Cisco Nexus Switches, bringing the benefits of DevOps to the network. They also touched on:
- Zero touch installation of Puppet agent
- Automation of software packages
- VLAN assignments
- Network-wide policy distribution using Puppet
If you haven’t already, check out the full presentation and other resources associated with Cisco DemoFriday. Portions of the full video were re-shot to improve quality.