Application-Focused Networks and Services
Cisco Extensible Network Controller (XNC) is the first commercial version of the OpenDaylight controller.
With XNC, you gain more control as you make the network application-aware. With programmatic access for automating network behavior, you can help ensure your network responds to changing business and application needs.
Learn about the advanced features of Cisco Extensible Network Controller (XNC). (4:39 min)
Features and Capabilities
Cisco XNC and applications, a part of the Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE) portfolio, offer customers a low-risk, blueprint approach to introducing software-defined networking (SDN) in their environments. The Cisco approach to using a centralized controller, along with the local control plane, provides a highly secure, scalable, and resilient deployment model.
Cisco XNC features:
- An extensible modular architecture
- Multiple access methods
- Security features, such as role-based access control (RBAC); integration with enterprise authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) infrastructure; and more
- Network programmability, visibility, and troubleshooting
- Cluster-based, high-availability support and scalability
Benefits of XNC and applications include:
- Extensibility of Cisco XNC functions using Java or Python and ability to support multi-protocols for device communication
- Consistent management access through the GUI or through Java OSGI or REST northbound APIs
- Network end-to-end forwarding rules programming, and flow level visibility for statistics and troubleshooting
Cisco XNC applications include:
Monitor Manager helps to enable traffic visibility for troubleshooting, analysis, reporting, and archiving using a centralized, policy-focused approach.
Cisco Extensible Network Controller offers a cost-effective approach to traffic monitoring. (3:02 min)
Topology Independent Forwarding
Explore the use of application-aware network forwarding functions through the XNC with the Topology Independent Forwarding (TIF) module. TIF extends beyond the traditional routing concepts and can create a forwarding path end to end using metrics. These include non-conventional metrics like bandwidth, currency (dollar cost), and any other custom properties.
Make an Application-Aware Network
Extend traditional routing with the Cisco Topology Independent Forwarding (TIF) module.Get Details
With Cisco XNC and Network Slicing application, users can partition the network based on physical and logical criteria for multiple user communities. Slicing provides the logical separation required to manage the network traffic domains extending beyond VLANs.
Controller and Application Product Packaging
Cisco XNC and applications are available as standalone products and in product bundles. The individual applications, including Monitor Manager, TIF, and network slicing, require the Cisco XNC Controller as a base module.