Cisco Application Control Engine management integrated with VMware vCenter simplifies provisioning and streamlines maintenance operations.
What You Will Learn
• Complexity in provisioning tasks: The integrated capability within VMware vCenter to add a newly created virtual machine to an existing server farm simplifies the end-to-end provisioning of application servers, decreasing deployment time.
• Low visibility: Application owners and server administrators can see the traffic flow going through the Cisco ACE to their servers, saving them from having to open other tools to use in the administration and troubleshooting of their applications and services.
• Change-control complexity: With the Cisco ACE VMware vCenter plug-in installed, virtual machine maintenance and traffic management maintenance tasks can both be performed from a single pane. The normal tasks of removing target servers from the traffic flow (suspension) and managing servers can now be performed from one location instead of two, and by one process instead of two separate processes.
• Control of securely delegated access: Since the Cisco ACE VMware vCenter plug-in provides a transparent interface to the Cisco ACE environment through the Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM), the full strength and security of Cisco ANM role-based access control (RBAC) can be used. As a result, individual users can be restricted to see only those servers that they have rights to manage and allowed to perform only those Cisco ACE tasks for which they are authorized.
• Faster application rollout: Simplified provisioning using Cisco AVDC reduces the number of steps involved in provisioning, which saves some actual processing time. More important, the simplified provisioning, along with securely delegated change control for the most commonly performed server administration load-balancing tasks, reduces the overall time required to complete application deployment and tear-down.
• Smooth data center transition to virtualization: In phase 1 of Cisco AVDC, Cisco directly supports the transition from physical to virtual servers with the industry's only virtualized load-balancing and application delivery solution (Figure 1). Later phases will be based on this offering, extending Cisco AVDC intelligence to achieve greater virtual data center resilience, performance, and capability.
• Easier troubleshooting of virtual server environments: The VMware vCenter plug-in enables an operator to view application traffic flow at the point of the application delivery controller (the Cisco ACE). This capability makes routine operations and troubleshooting tasks much easier to perform quickly and effectively.
• Sustained scaling: As data centers evolve from a physical-device model based on dedicated hardware to support a given application or customer to a model that uses virtualization to abstract the underlying data center hardware, Cisco AVDC enables greater scaling without additional costs and resources for administration and management.
• Reduced risk: By making the relevant portions of the virtualized load-balancing and application delivery services available to authorized application owners and server administrators, Cisco AVDC reduces risk in provisioning and maintenance change control.
• Deploy virtual machines as real servers into an existing server farm
• Monitor application traffic flow for virtual machines through the Cisco ACE
• Securely activate and suspend application traffic flows through the Cisco ACE for the associated real servers
Figure 1. Phase 1 of Cisco AVDC
• Provides a foundation for communications and IT
• Supports business processes and secures infrastructure
• Accelerates innovation into your organization
• Reduces complexity and lowers total cost of ownership (TCO)