Cisco Remote Integrated Service Engine (RISE) technology on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches is an industry-first solution. With RISE, Cisco and third-party service appliances can be attached to, and tightly integrated with, the Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 7700 data planes. External appliances operate as integrated service modules in the Nexus 7000 Series Switches, providing all the benefits of an actual physically integrated module. RISE is supported on all Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 I/O modules.
RISE technology on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches provides:
- Faster integration of Cisco and ecosystem partner service appliances with the Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Switches
- Simplified provisioning and configuration through autodiscovery and bootstrap capabilities
- Optimized data paths with application-aware traffic visibility
RISE-supported appliances include the Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and the external Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM).
Citrix NetScaler ADC
The Citrix ADC delivers simplified provisioning through autodiscovery and bootstrap capabilities to reduce overall administrator involvement. It also provides data path optimization of network services and traffic. Other benefits include:
- ADC off-load: One-arm configurations provide better sizing, visibility, and scaling of Citrix NetScaler products.
- Enhanced application availability: Real-time route updates between Citrix NetScaler and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch eliminate route black-holing during application failure.
- Integrated multitenancy support: Virtual device contexts (VDCs) combined with independent Citrix NetScaler instances support multitenant scenarios.
External Cisco Prime NAM
An external Cisco Prime NAM can now be tightly integrated with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches with RISE, providing:
- Enhanced data center analysis: The switch is able to push interface statistics from any VDC to deliver a comprehensive data center view.
- Streamlined network operations: Cisco Prime NAM data ports can be allocated to any VDC from the GUI. Administrators can monitor any application in the data center directly from the Cisco Prime NAM management interface.