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Cisco Virtual Topology System

Build an Agile and Programmable Data Center

The Cisco Virtual Topology System is a standards-based, open software-overlay management and provisioning system. It automates data center network fabric provisioning for virtual and physical infrastructure.

The system offers a rich set of automation and programmability capabilities across the entire Cisco Nexus switching portfolio to enhance the deployment of cloud-based services.

Learn how the VTS solution works and its benefits. (8:16 min)

Features and Capabilities

The Virtual Topology System is designed to help service provider and enterprise operations teams manage and automate the provisioning of their data center overlay networks. It is especially suitable for organizations looking to reduce data center complexity and enhance the agility of their multitenant cloud environments. The key capabilities of the Virtual Topology System are:

Fabric Automation

  • Automated overlay provisioning: Simplifies operations, and reduces time to provision from weeks to seconds
  • Dynamic topology discovery: Provides more operational visibility than pure software-overlay solutions, especially for Layer 2 environments
  • Underlay management: Supports integration with element management systems like the Cisco Data Center Network Manager

Open Standards

  • Standards-based protocols: Supports Border Gateway Protocol-Ethernet VPN (BGP-EVPN), Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • REST APIs: Supports transparent integration with a variety of domain managers and virtual infrastructure managers (VIMs) such as OpenStack and vCenter
  • Programmability: Industry-leading, multivendor device programmability with support for multiple hypervisors

Major Benefits

Investment Protection - The Virtual Topology System brings the benefits of programmability, automation, and operational simplicity to the entire Nexus switching family.

Faster Network Provisioning - An automated provisioning approach is consistently applied across both virtual and physical workloads for faster application delivery.

Transparent Integration - It provides support for existing multivendor infrastructure and operational systems like OpenStack and vCenter.

Improved Resource Utilization - This helps to enable a flexible pool of resources, increasing the return on investment, and reduces capital expenditures.

Scalability - Open standards-based BGP-EVPN control plane and dynamic topology increases VXLAN scalability, extending workload placement and mobility diameter.

Support for Service Provider Service Level Agreements (SLAs) - It takes advantage of the industry's highest performance virtual forwarder, based on the innovative Cisco Vector Packet Path (VPP) software-forwarding engine and Intel Data Path Development Kit (DPDK). It helps you scale services without compromising applications performance.

A deep dive on how VTS automates VXLAN provisioning. (14:02 min)

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