Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller At-a-Glance

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Businesses are seeing enormous change, and to cope with this change they have relied on IT and especially on their network environments. Networks have had to become simpler, more agile, more proactive, more intuitive, and cloud-ready. Long gone are the days when a network administrator manually configured every switch. Cisco Nexus® Dashboard Fabric Controller (NDFC) has helped address many of the challenges of managing Cisco NX-OS switches. NDFC empowers IT to move at the increasing speed required of your business. With NDFC, you get complete automation, extensive visibility, consistent operations, and a network that is prepared for your hybrid-cloud environment.

Comprehensive management solution for VXLAN, LAN, SAN, and Cisco IP Fabric for Media solutions across a hybrid cloud environment

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller (NDFC) provides granular, scalable visibility for deep-dive troubleshooting, functionality, and maintenance operations that benefit data-center operation teams. Cisco NDFC makes fabric management simple and reliable. And Cisco NDFC meets ever-growing scalability needs with the integration of Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator (NDO).


      Provide automated network connectivity, consistent network management, and simplified operations for hybrid-cloud environments

      Provide complete lifecycle management and automation for Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS platforms

      Streamline data center automation and centralize applications with Cisco Nexus Dashboard

      Reduce deployment time of VXLAN-EVPN fabrics to minutes

      Improve fabric reliability with constant monitoring of compliance and health

      Reduce operation errors with predefined deployment models

      Monitor and alert operators to failure conditions

      Visualize multiple fabrics with intuitive topology


What’s new

Cisco NDFC is the network management platform for all Cisco NX-OS-enabled deployments, spanning new fabric architectures, IP Fabric for Media, storage networking deployments and the hybrid cloud for the Cisco Nexus-powered data center.

Cisco NDFC Release 12 now supports:

      Cisco NDFC as an integrated application on Cisco Nexus Dashboard allows cloud connectivity with AWS and Microsoft Azure by integrating with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator (NDO) and Cisco Cloud Network Controller

      New and revamped user interface and experience to align with Cisco Nexus Dashboard

      Modularized architecture based on Kubernetes microservices

      Cisco Nexus Dashboard fabric discovery capability for inventory and discovery only

      Increased capability for non-Nexus platforms including Cisco IOS® XE and Cisco IOS XR

      Implementation of Cisco® Smart Licensing policy

      SAN controller provides storage management for the Cisco MDS 9000 family


“Now, we can do maintenance and upgrade network software with minimal impact, and we can control all network updates programmatically rather than having to do them manually.”

Gregory Shulov

Director of Global IT, Infinidat

For more information

      Visit the Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller webpage

      Learn more about Nexus Dashboard




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