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Cisco Data Center Network Manager

Automate LAN, SAN, and Multi-Tenant Fabric Management

Deploy very large scale fabrics with easily automatable capabilities that include virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) visibility on Cisco Nexus LAN fabrics. Cisco Data Center Network Manager delivers management for Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, and 9000 Series Switches in Cisco NX-OS mode and MDS 9000 series SAN switches.

Consolidate Fabrics for Continuity

Manage multiple LAN and storage fabrics simultaneously with our network manager. (PDF - 608 KB)

Features and Capabilities

Cisco Data Center Network Manager offers network management system (NMS) support for traditional or multiple-tenant LAN and SAN fabrics on a single pane of glass.

Data Center Network Manager:

  • Works across all Cisco Nexus and MDS switching families
  • Supports automatic configuration for multi-tenant automation
  • Offers integrated storage visualization, provisioning, and troubleshooting
  • Integrates with Cisco UCS Director, vSphere, and OpenStack

Data Center Network Manager offers intuitive, multi-fabric topology views for LAN fabric and storage. Supported overlays include:

  • FabricPath
  • Layer 2
  • Virtual port channel
  • Virtual device context
  • Virtual SAN


  • Power-On Auto-Provisioning (POAP) with validated VXLAN templates for Nexus 5000 to 9000 switches
  • Automatic provisioning for VXLAN, Fabric Path, or VLAN-based multi-tenant networks using auto-configuration or top-down methods
  • Multiple site visibility and search with data synchronization
  • Image management, graceful insertion and removal, and software module updates
  • Performance and storage zoning management

Specifications at a Glance

  • ISO or OVA virtual appliance form factor for deployment on bare-metal servers, VMware, or KVM
  • HTML5 user interface
  • Supports very large deployments
  • Includes automation of representational state transfer (REST) APIs using Javascript Object Notation (JSON)
  • Built-in database for enterprise deployments with high availability
  • Fibre Channel host, N-Port Virtualizer, and storage views with zoning and alias functionality for SAN
  • Offers physical, Layer 2, Layer 3, VXLAN, and virtual port channel (vPC) topology overlay views along with Fibre Channel end-to-end views, including storage views

Target release specifications are subject to change without notice.

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