• Continuity of Cisco ANM operations and monitoring tasks within VMware: Cisco ANM 4.1 offers enhanced integration into the VMware virtual data center environment. As before, application and server administrators using VMware vCenter to manage their VMware environment can access Cisco ANM to add, delete, activate, and suspend traffic and change load-balancing weights for servers benefiting from Cisco ACE load-balancing services. From within VMware vCenter, users now also have access to Cisco ANM's real server monitoring graphs, which greatly enhances users' knowledge of the true operations of their applications in real time. To speed implementation, application and server administrators can now use Cisco ANM discovery tools to automate importation and mapping of virtual machines to existing Cisco ACE real servers.
• Continuity of VMware operations within Cisco ANM: For network service-focused administrators who manage directly through Cisco ANM, Cisco ANM 4.1 adds information about VMware virtual machines associated with Cisco ACE real servers. Cisco ANM users with appropriate rights can now:
– Control the way that Cisco ANM associates virtual machines and real servers
– Create real servers within Cisco ANM based on information about virtual machines
– See virtual machines created in VMware vCenter so that they can make appropriate updates to the Cisco ACE configuration: for example, create and map new real servers
• Services visualization: Addressing the need of both application and server administrators and network administrators to better visualize and understand the flow of traffic through Cisco ACE application networking services, Cisco ANM 4.1 introduces a graphical representation of the application services network (Figure 1). Now users performing operations and monitoring tasks in Cisco ANM can visually navigate maps of the network services topology (with panning and zooming) and quickly find, view, and print any set of interest to them. By selecting elements shown on these maps, the user can learn:
– Cisco ACE GSS Domain Name System (DNS) rule, answer group, and answer virtual IP information
– Cisco ACE virtual server, real server, and VMware virtual machine relationships
– Detailed information about each real server and VMware virtual machines that is displayed
Figure 1. ANM Topology Map
• Operations delegation for SSL services: Cisco ANM now supports delegation of SSL key and certificate credentials maintenance to application and server administrators. This capability empowers the responsible application and server administrators to perform self-management, alleviating unnecessary burden from the network services team and reducing the risk of errors in key and certificate administration. This secure delegation extends to certificates and keys expiration date listings and certificate expiration alarms, helping ensure the security of this sensitive information.
• Clarity in operations decision making: Virtual and real server operations pages now provide even clearer decision-making information with the addition of age indicators for presented statistics, the capability to perform on-demand polling for selected objects, and enhanced presentation of high-availability peer objects.
• Planning support: Prior releases of Cisco ANM included monitoring dashboards, giving users useful real-time operations data at a glance and shortcuts to quickly and easily perform more in-depth analysis, which resulted in faster troubleshooting and problem resolution. Cisco ANM 4.1 now provides users with an optional statistical data export facility so that they can identify baseline and trends as well as perform capacity planning based on application networking services utilization and performance over time. To simplify data management, the Cisco ANM server manages the database disk use, performing such tasks as purging exported data according to user-defined rules and providing notifications when disk-use thresholds are reached.
• Security of configurations: Cisco ANM 4.1 implements automatic backup of Cisco ACE configurations, checkpoints, exportable SSL credentials, and licenses according to user-defined schedules. In addition to setting one-time backup and restore tasks, users can now set Cisco ANM to backup one or many Cisco ACE devices on daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. Multiple schedules can be created and applied to different sets of Cisco ACE devices. These backups can be sent to remote systems using FTP, SFTP, and TFTP.
New Web Services API
• Continuity of tasks: New with Cisco ANM 4.1, the Cisco ANM web services API provides a programmable interface for system developers to integrate Cisco ANM with customized or third-party management applications. The Cisco ANM web services API supports the most common operations for the Cisco ACE Module, Cisco ACE appliance, Cisco CSS, Cisco CSM, and Cisco CSM-S, including operations to:
– List devices and virtual contexts
– List server farms and real servers
– List associations of VMware virtual machines and Cisco ACE, CSS, CSM or CSM-S real servers
– Add and remove real servers from Cisco ACE server farms
– Activate and suspend real servers for participation in load balancing
– Change real server weight for load-balancing algorithms
• Cisco ANM Virtual Appliance for VMware: Cisco ANM is now available as a virtual appliance. The virtual appliance is run as a virtual machine in a VMware 4.0 or 4.1 environment. There is no change to the Cisco ANM user's web interface, nor does the use of this appliance affect the way that Cisco ANM manages network devices. When deployed, this appliance is nearly identical to Cisco ANM run on a standalone Linux server; it is a complete computing system, including the application and operating system and an interface similar to the Cisco IOS® Software interface for administration functions such as backing up and restoring the system and configuring Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) properties.
• Cisco ANM Server for Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Cisco ANM servers can now be run on both supported 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The installation files for Cisco ANM Server for Red Hat Enterprise Linux are provided in the same package as those for Cisco ANM Virtual Appliance for VMware.
• Cisco ANM open orderability: To simplify deployment and help ensure that all Cisco ACE customers can gain the advantages of the Cisco ACE portfolio, including Cisco ANM capabilities, Cisco is now offering Cisco ANM 4.1 free of charge. Existing Cisco ANM server licenses will fulfill the licensing requirements for customers upgrading to Cisco ANM 4.1. Additional licensing beyond the base Cisco ANM server software is no longer required.
Table 1. Ordering Information
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