Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator (NDO): The maestro of the community

This weblog publish is a collaboration between David Keith,Cisco & Javed Asghar, Precept Technical Advertising Engineer

David Keith, Senior Product Advertising Supervisor, Software Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Orchestrate your multi-fabric and multicloud community merely

In any symphony you want a great maestro to assist orchestrate all of the totally different devices to provide a harmonious sound.  Every thing should be in time and to the beat.   It’s the identical together with your networks.  When working a number of materials each on premise, personal clouds or public clouds, you want a maestro or orchestrator as properly that may be automated and assist handle the community and safety insurance policies throughout huge landscapes.

Because it’s early days, Cisco’s Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator (NDO) has been that maestro, permitting community directors, engineers and cloud operators work collectively harmoniously to supply a quick, secure and agile community.  We’ve new variations of NDO, launch 3.5 and launch 3.6 which can assist you to construct your community capabilities, present higher ease of use and improve your safety throughout a number of community materials.

What’s Cisco NDO

NDO offers constant community and coverage orchestration, scalability, and catastrophe restoration throughout a number of information facilities by a single pane of glass whereas permitting the information middle to go wherever the information is.

NDO lets you interconnect separate Cisco® Software Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) websites, Cisco Cloud ACI websites, and Cisco Nexus Dashboard Cloth Controller (NDFC) websites, every managed by its personal controller (APIC cluster, NDFC cluster, or Cloud APIC situations in a public cloud). The on-premises websites could be prolonged to totally different public clouds for hybrid-cloud deployments whereas cloud-first installations could be prolonged to multi-cloud deployments with out on-premises websites. As well as, Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator could be deployed by the Cisco Nexus® Dashboard, which offers a single automation platform to entry the information middle community’s operational providers and instruments.

The only-pane community interconnect coverage administration and the constant community workload and segmentation coverage offered by NDO permits monitoring the well being of the interconnected materials, enforcement of segmentation and safety insurance policies, and efficiency of all duties required to outline tenant intersite insurance policies in a number of websites by a simple to handle person interface.


Javed Asghar, Precept Technical Advertising Engineer

What’s New?

NDO is at all times evolving to fulfill the wants of the ever-growing hybrid cloud world.  So, what’s new now?   Lately Cisco launched NDO launch 3.5 and three.6 which contains a number of enhancements to assist orchestrate constant networks throughout multi-fabric and multicoud environments.

Key NDO 3.5 Enhancements: 

  • BGP for underlay peering with ISN –
  • This offers assist peering spines with the ISN units utilizing BGP adjacencies.  It simplifies ISN connectivity utilizing BGP solely.
  • Exterior connectivity from Cloud Websites
  • This lets you set up exterior connectivity between Cloud CSRs and exterior units with IPsec & BGP, which offers entry to cloud assets from exterior networks (Department, Campus, Co-lo, Web)
  • Present DCNM object fault information from all websites
  • Scalability enchancment of 12 DCNM websites

Key NDO 3.6 Enhancements: 

  • Configuration drift reconciliation workflow for APIC and NDFC offers:
    • NDO workflow that synchronizes and merges any coverage config discrepancies/modifications made in APIC or NDFC stage.
    • Ease of Use Enhancements
    • Scalable static port binding with leaf/port vary provisioning
    • Bulk replace workflow for template objects
  • NDO Cloud Enhancements permits:
    • Google Cloud connectivity
    • Multi-cloud inter-site connectivity between AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Websites
    • Partial mesh EVPN-VXLAN connectivity between on premises and AWS and Azure cloud websites
    • Workload connectivity for multicloud with out coverage
    • Proxy assist for cloud websites
  • SD-Entry Campus (DNAC) and ACI Integration – Macro-Segmentation consists of automating:
    • Connectivity of Campus VN to entry DC VRF
    • Web entry for Campus VNs by ACI
    • Visibility of VN-VRF extension and connectivity standing
    • NDFC 12.0(2) assist

With all these updates clients can proceed to take pleasure in easy orchestration throughout hybrid cloud environments all by the only interface of the Nexus Dashboard.



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