Have an account?

  •   Personalized content
  •   Your products and support

Need an account?

Create an account

Cisco Crosswork Optimization Engine Data Sheet

Data Sheet

Available Languages

Download Options

  • PDF
    (797.7 KB)
    View with Adobe Reader on a variety of devices
Updated:May 28, 2020

Available Languages

Download Options

  • PDF
    (797.7 KB)
    View with Adobe Reader on a variety of devices
Updated:May 28, 2020
 


 

Cisco Crosswork Optimization Engine provides real-time network optimization capabilities that allow operators to effectively maximize network utility as well as increase service velocity.

Product overview

Network operators are facing challenges to support the exponential growth of network traffic while addressing the pressure to efficiently run network operations. Providing quick service and network resolutions is vital for the business to remain viable. Network operators need a toolset to help automate bandwidth optimization and efficiently steer traffic with little operator intervention.

Petabytes per Month

As can be seen in the chart, traffic grows with an average of 25% CAGR across the different categories. To run the network efficiently, network automation is a necessity.

Let us look at a typical network operation lifecycle:

Typical network operation lifecycle

In a typical lifecycle, there is always a feedback loop that traditionally is done manually through human intervention. With network automation, the objective is to automate the feedback loop to enable quicker reaction to network events and faster determination on actions to perform on the network.

Looking at the network operation lifecycle above, Crosswork Optimization Engine is built to fulfill the need for a closed-loop optimization loop as described under “Near Real-Time Feedback Loop”. Through Crosswork Optimization Engine, the operator would be able to define the optimization intent, implement the intent, and continuously monitor, track, and react to maintain the original intent.

Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Topology auto-discovery

Based on IETF-standard BGP-LS to automatically discover IP topology across multiple-vendor

Closed-loop feedback

Leveraging real-time protocols such as BGP-LS and PCEP, Crosswork Optimization Engine enables closed-loop tracking of network state, reacting quickly to changes in the network conditions. Enabling closed-loop automation to enable a self-healing network

Dynamic SLA management

Industry-proven algorithm to manage SLA objectives dynamically based on defined intent

Realtime Visualization

Enables real time visibility of the network, constantly in sync with the current state to provide true representation of the underlying infrastructure

SR-TE Policy lifecycle management

Simple to use GUI to drive CRUD operation of Segment Routing Policy

RSVP–TE Policy lifecycle management

Simple to use GUI to drive CRUD operations of RSVP–TE Policy

API Framework

Open and Programmable that enables you to develop your own applications based on pre-defined API

Function Pack

Enables field-developed applications to support additional use cases

Prominent feature

Real-time, multi-vendor visibility

End-to-end visibility is important to any network operator to run their network effectively. Crosswork Optimization Engine not only provides this visibility, but also the ability to visualize the network across different layers (optical to IP) and the relationship between each layer.

Crosswork Optimization Engine leverages IETF-standard BGP-LS protocol to discover IP network automatically, with features such as:

      Up-to-date visibility: Maintains real-time up-to-date visibility of the network infrastructure which provides the network operator with true representation of the actual topology

      Hierarchical view: Provides a hierarchical view of the topology which enables operators to define the different levels of granularity in the topology visualization

Policy Details

Simplified workflow for SR-TE and RSVP–TE Policy Lifecycle Management

Crosswork Optimization Engine also provides an easy to use UI to manage the SR-TE and RSVP–TE policy lifecycle. The UI enables the network operator to:

1.     Create, modify and remove SR-TE or RSVP–TE policies using an intuitive workflow

2.     Continuously track SR-TE policy dynamic path computations to maintain SLA objectives

3.     Preview an SR-TE or RSVP–TE policy before deploying it to the network

Headend & Endpoint

 

Description

Protocol Support

Standard Protocol Support: Key Protocols

Protocol

Title

RFC 5440

Path Computation Element (PCE) Communication Protocol (PCEP)

RFC 8231

Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for Stateful PCE

RFC 8281

Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for PCE-Initiated LSP Setup in a Stateful PCE Model

RFC 3209

RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP Tunnels

RFC 3630

Traffic Engineering Extensions to OSPF Version 2

RFC 3784

(IS-IS)Extensions for Traffic Engineering (TE)

RFC 7752

North-Bound Distribution of Link-State and Traffic Engineering (TE)

System requirements

Crosswork Optimization Engine

Hypervisor

VMWare ESXi 6.5 (Update 2 or later) and 6.7.x

Note Installation should be done only from vCenter. Installation is not supported on ESXi directly.

Memory

96 GB minimum

Disk Space

1 TB

vCPU

16 vCPU

Interface

Two physical interfaces:

  One interface for management traffic, including SSH and GUI access to the VM. The DNS and NTP servers, and the default gateway, must be reachable via this interface.
  One interface for data traffic. Managed devices must be reachable via this interface (routable).

Crosswork Data Gateway

Hypervisor

VMWare ESXi 6.5 (Update 2 or later) and 6.7.x

Note Installation should be done only from vCenter. Installation is not supported on ESXi directly.

Memory

32 GB minimum

Disk Space

50 GB SSD

vCPU

8 vCPU

Interface

Three physical interfaces:

  One interface for management traffic, including SSH and GUI access to the VM. The DNS and NTP servers, and the default gateway, must be reachable via this interface
  One interface for southbound data traffic. Managed devices must be reachable via this interface (routable)
  One interface for northbound data publishing. The data destination must be reachable via this interface

Ordering information

Please contact your Cisco account representative for details regarding ordering Cisco Crosswork Optimization Engine.

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability topic

Reference

Information on product material content laws and regulations

Materials

Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries, and packaging

WEEE compliance

Cisco makes the packaging data available for informational purposes only. It may not reflect the most current legal developments, and Cisco does not represent, warrant, or guarantee that it is complete, accurate, or up to date. This information is subject to change without notice.

Cisco and Partner Services

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in connecting to Cisco Crosswork. The innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners and are focused on helping you increase operational efficiency and improve your network control. Cisco Advanced Services use an architecture-led approach to help you align your network infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco Crosswork Products can be combined with Cisco SMARTnet Service to help you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. Spanning the entire network lifecycle, Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations, support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise. For more information, please visit https://www.cisco.com/go/services.

Cisco Capital

Flexible payment solutions to help you achieve your objectives

Cisco Capital makes it easier to get the right technology to achieve your objectives, enable business transformation and help you stay competitive. We can help you reduce the total cost of ownership, conserve capital, and accelerate growth. In more than 100 countries, our flexible payment solutions can help you acquire hardware, software, services and complementary third-party equipment in easy, predictable payments. Learn more.

Call to action

Speak to your sales representative to learn more or schedule a demonstration.

Learn more