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Hybrid cloud networks are calling – Cisco Nexus Dashboard has the answer

The scale and complexity of modern enterprise infrastructure environments are exploding as workloads become pervasive and infrastructure becomes more hybrid and distributed across data facilities, edge, and public cloud sources. Recent events have put the significance of successful community operations at the forefront. Through a barrage of obstacles, today’s resilient and successful organizations are modernizing and automating their community operations to stay ahead of the curve. Their destination? Hybrid Cloud — and by a vast majority.

According to IDC research, 55% of organizations currently have hybrid cloud and use it as a framework to deploy applications where scale-out architecture and high availability networks are desired. Another 29% reported not having a hybrid cloud, but they planned to create 1 inside a year. And by 2025, 70% of organizations will modernize their applications based on drivers like data security, organizational flexibility and agility, and productiveness gains versus drivers like IT cost savings.

To solve hybrid cloud application complexity, your IT needs to focus on automating application infrastructure management. This includes the many personas involved in configuration, provisioning, lifecycle operations, and orchestration of cloud and hybrid datacenter environments. But scaling applications into hybrid cloud also increases the cost of managing thousands of distributed devices, containers, and community services. These elements require more knowledge and more time to troubleshoot the many interconnected parts using multiple purpose-constructed resolution tools and methods.

To be successful, it’s critical to have the visibility and insights into your community wherever your data is created with constant community and policy orchestration across multiple data facilities —whether on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge. At Cisco, we know that for any move to the hybrid cloud lifecycle journey, there is an uncompromising need for a centralized approach to handle community capabilities. Cisco’s Nexus Dashboard is our newest cloud networking platform innovation to help with this very dispute. With its One View presentation of all your hybrid cloud community websites, your IT operators can use a single agile platform, to operate all their community infrastructure in a single place. How many split personas (NetOps, DevOps, SecOps, and CloudOps) do you have? Cisco Nexus Dashboard bridges all the tools desired by each persona with a flexible operational model for all use cases on a single platform.

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Figure: Cisco Nexus Dashboard: Centralized hybrid cloud networking platform

We listened, here are the recent innovations that you requested for:

Bolster Cloud Neutral Support

Recent innovations include enlargement to the hybrid cloud with added support for Google Cloud, simplifying community management across multiple public cloud websites. Nexus Dashboard is available in the AWS and Azure marketplaces and will also be featured in the Google Cloud market.

Improved Intelligence and Site Management

Key new features support air gap environments, provide simplification of experience such as lowered app downtime due resource challenges when upgrading an app or installing by determining whether you have enough sources etc. The dashboard will predetermine the sources desired for the app and environment to run easily.

With air gap support, clients that are not related to Cisco Cloud can utilize insights advisory features to better identity risks to their infrastructure and get decrypted updates on PSIRTS, EOS/EOL, field notices etc. Syslog support as well as customization and personalization features are newly available with the interface.

Decreased Dependence on Physical Hardware

Additional scale improvements are being implemented with the virtual form factor of Nexus Dashboard, where additional physical hardware is not required to run the Nexus Dashboard in your environment. Please refer to the Nexus Dashboard datasheet for more details.

End to End Visibility

External devices such as firewalls and integrations such as vCenter – offer broader visibility, correlated telemetry and deeper insights past the core community. For end-to-end visibility, it is crucial to additionally understand where exactly the dispute truly lies, which allows for quick remediation. L4-L7 and cross-domain integrations are a key strategy to achieve comprehensive visibility. With the new vCenter integration, the Insights function can incorporate virtualized workload data such as hypervisor name, VM name, VM health into telemetry. This will enable visibility across silos, into the virtualized environments and enable faster MTTR for clients by correlating community events and application issues.

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The Insights function is also able to enable optimum community and application performance and ensure continuous availability with recent AppDynamics SaaS support.

Considering recent news of companies that have implemented changes ensuing in outages, we’d like to emphasize that pre-change validation with upgrade assist are key capabilities of the Insights function. It’s a critical capability that evaluates configuration changes before they are deployed to allow IT Ops to make changes with confidence. This removes unintended consequences that take down applications and/or the community. I encourage you to check out these Nexus Dashboard capabilities.

Which performance zone is right for you?

Customers have different causes as to operate in the various performance zones (be it OKRs, metrics, velocity of the business or foundational capabilities) in terms of the people, process, and technology alignment.

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With the Nexus Dashboard, we are helping clients determine out where in the community infrastructure automation journey they are. Then help them in their journey to move their performance zone from reactive, to proactive and then to optimizing and the visionary self-healing, self-driving, and self-diagnostic networks.

So, how do you get initiated?

Speak with your partner or account team and check out these informative sessions:

  • Interactive #CiscoChat
    • Hear about the revolutionary use cases where Cisco Nexus Dashboard brings together disparate IT teams to collaborate effectively in this new hybrid cloud world.
  • Cisco Champions Podcast
    • Our engineering and product management leaders are interviewed by Cisco Champions on Cisco’s hybrid cloud networking strategies.
  • Hybrid Cloud Demo Series

 


Resources

Visit us at Cisco Nexus Dashboard

Announcing Cisco Nexus Dashboard Open Ecosystem Expansion with ServiceNow (Blog)

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