OpenStack at Cisco

Cisco Sponsors OpenStack Summit

Cisco will present over 30 OpenStack technical sessions, May 18-22 in Vancouver B.C.

Cisco Sponsors OpenStack Summit

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming businesses and organizations by providing access to agile, cost-effective, and scalable IT infrastructure. OpenStack is an open-source cloud platform capable of supporting private, public, and hybrid clouds, using all types of hypervisors.

Cisco’s unified, flexible approach to OpenStack helps enable rapid delivery of cloud infrastructure and applications with the right quality of service. Cisco is a major contributor to the OpenStack source code and offers solutions that help service providers and enterprises speed deployment and simplify operation of cloud applications and services.

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Prepare for Containers

Learn why Linux containers are poised to radically change the way applications are built and deployed and what Cisco and Red Hat are doing to make containers ready for production.

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Integrate Group Policy for OpenStack

Using policies to rapidly deploy and manage OpenStack clouds.

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Simplify Operations

Cisco’s Nexus driver for OpenStack can configure tenant networks on physical Nexus switches using either VLAN or VXLAN networks.

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Choose Cisco for Your OpenStack Cloud

Faster Cloud Deployment

OpenStack reduces the time required to integrate and test cloud platform software components. Similarly, Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure simplifies the integration and deployment of the underlying hardware. Use Cisco’s group policy approach to further accelerate deployment though smart automation.

Scalable, High Performing Platforms

Cisco UCS and Nexus solutions provide industry-leading performance and Cisco architecture is simple and cost-effective to scale as demand rises.

Broad Ecosystem and Access to Innovation

Open APIs allow technology suppliers to plug their solutions into the OpenStack platform and interoperate with other components and solutions. This gives cloud providers and users easy access to new cloud technologies and tools and helps you stay competitive.

Reduced Risk with Validated Designs

Cisco conducts rigorous testing and validation to produce Cisco Validated Designs with detailed implementation instructions. Cisco OpenStack Consulting Services can provide assistance with all stages of cloud planning, design, and implementation.

Seamless Hybrid Operations

The combination of Cisco Intercloud Fabric and OpenStack allows cloud applications or services (or parts of applications or services, known as containers) to be moved from one cloud environment to another, transparently to the end user. This capability gives IT more flexibility to help ensure high availability, recover from interuptions, and keep operating costs low.

Learn more about the Cisco portfolio of OpenStack solutions.

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) for OpenStack
The Cisco APIC Driver for OpenStack allows you to use existing OpenStack networking APIs, interfaces, and automation tools with the performance, scalability, flexibility, and visibility of Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This solution automatically manages connectivity across both physical and virtual switches.

Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V
The 1000V is a router and network services platform in a virtual form factor that you can deploy in cloud and virtual data centers. The 1000V lowers the barriers to enterprise adoption of a hybrid cloud model by extending the enterprise WAN to off-premises clouds and cloud providers.

Cisco Data Center Services for OpenStack
Cisco offers two primary OpenStack service options:

  • Assessment & Validation
  • Design & Deployment.

These services accelerate implementation and time-to-value of your OpenStack cloud, resulting in a better cloud experience for end users and customers, while driving down costs, and reducing the risks associated with new technology adoption.

Cisco Intercloud Fabric
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is an open and flexible solution that helps ensure the same network security and access control policies are used with workloads, whether they’re located on internal servers, in on-premise clouds, or in a public cloud. The solution works with any hypervisor, including VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Citrix, and integrates with Cisco Powered Cloud Providers to build a powerful hybrid cloud.

Cisco MDS Cloud Integration
Cisco MDS products are the industry-leading SAN choice for meeting cloud requirements for block storage. They integrate easily with cloud management software to improve efficiency and speed service delivery.

Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for KVM
This Cisco virtual networking solution for OpenStack provides a proven, enterprise-class infrastructure that is easy to deploy, manage, and operate. It supports multiple hypervisors and multiple networking services, and is tightly integrated with multiple cloud management tools.

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat OpenStack Platform
This Cisco Validated Design and reference architecture combines the advantages of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for cloud with the OpenStack distribution from the open-source industry leader, Red Hat, to simplify the process of deploying and operating OpenStack clouds.

Learn more about Cisco Solutions for deploying OpenStack.


Upcoming: Cisco at OpenStack Summit, Vancouver B.C.

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November 3 - 5, 2014: Cisco Sessions at OpenStack Summit, Paris

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October 8, 2014: IDC Webinar on OpenStack Acceleration featuring Cisco, Intel, and Red Hat (1:32 hr)

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Considerations for Operating an OpenStack Cloud
Slideshare technical presentation - November 14, 2014 (49 slides)

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OpenStack: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
Slideshare presentation - November 14, 2014 (44 slides)

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Cisco ACI and the Policy-Driven Data Center
#vBrownBag Tech Talk - November 5, 2014 (12:04 min.)

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Deploying OpenStack with Cisco UCS, Nexus, and CSR
#vBrownBag Tech Talk - November 5, 2014 (11:54 min.)

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Cisco ACI Integration with OpenStack
White Board Overview - June 3, 2014 (7:53 min.)

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Cisco UCS: The Right Foundation for OpenStack Deployment

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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and Linux Containers

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