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Cisco Application Services Engine Data Sheet

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The Cisco Application Services Engine is a unified application hosting platform to support our powerful day-2 operations’ applications, such as Cisco Network Insights (Cisco Network Insights for Resources [NIR] and Cisco Network Insights Advisor [NIA]) and Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE).

Product overview

Cisco Application Services Engine is one platform that is designed to host multiple insights and operations applications. Customers now can provision one appliance cluster to run various applications simultaneously instead of having to manage independent appliance clusters. Microservices’ based applications such as Cisco Network Insights can now enjoy the benefits of “zero-touch” network automation. Based on powerful compute hardware, the cluster comprises three initial nodes. Each node is powered with 20 cores, 9.6TB of HDD, 256G memory, and 1.6TB of NVME SSD. Nodes can be added to the initial cluster to power additional application needs. In addition to top-tier application performance, the Cisco Application Services Engine provides the following benefits:

Unified platform: Customers can now run their insights and day-2 operations applications on a single appliance cluster. As the application needs for compute and storage grow, the cluster can scale horizontally to fit those needs. There is no need to provision separate appliances for different applications.

Network automation: With the Cisco Application Services Engine, all the authentication, network provisioning, and automation that the applications need (for example for setting up telemetry paths) is done by the Cisco Application Services Engine itself, so applications do not need to worry about where they are running in the cluster.

Modern microservices architecture: Applications can take advantage of re-usable platform services, such as Elasticsearch and Kafka, provided by the Cisco Application Services Engine for a modular maintenance approach. Kubernetes orchestration is used for lifecycle management of the applications running on the Cisco Application Services Engine.

Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Network automation

  Touchless bootstrap of cluster nodes.
  Easy app-based commissioning of nodes into a cluster.
  Zero-touch network automation for Cisco Network Insights applications running on the Cisco Application Services Engine cluster.

Scale-out architecture

  As application needs grow, simply add more cluster nodes to meet demand.
  Cluster architecture provides high availability and resiliency for applications.

Microservices architecture

  Secure, hardened Atomix kernel.
  Reusable platform services, such as Kafka and Elasticsearch.
  Modular maintenance of stack versus upgrading or maintaining an entire monolithic application stack.

Flexible deployment with multifabric support

  A single Cisco Application Services Engine cluster is able to host applications that can service multiple fabrics.
  With a flexible deployment model that is either fabric aware or out of band to the fabric, the Cisco Application Services Engine can host applications that require management separation of concerns or inband telemetry.

Powerful performance hardware

  Each node has powerful hardware to deliver maximum scale and performance for the applications the cluster is hosting.

Unified platform

  A single cluster can host all insights and assurance applications and potentially other applications in the future (including Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator [MSO] and Cisco Network Assurance Engine *).
** Future - might need additional SSD

Applications on Cisco Application Services Engine

Unified engine to host all day-2 applications

With powerful compute hardware packed into every node, Cisco Application Services Engine is able to provide a single platform to run all applications, thus reducing management complexity. A microservices-based architecture stack allows applications to take advantage of:

     Secure, hardened kernels: PSIRTs and vulnerabilities are addressed once for a single platform. Modular architecture allows individual components to be upgraded, reducing service disruption due to upgrade and patch activities.

     Platform services: Insights, assurance, and other applications can take advantage of Kafka and ElasticSearch services that are part of the Cisco Application Services Engine. The microservices-type architecture allows a BYOLibrary model to reuse and augment the platform services in the future.

     A single resource view allows inspection and traceability of each application and the microservices it is consuming and its associated topology through a standardized Kubernetes interface.

     A scale-out architecture enables applications to scale non-disruptively as their compute and data needs grow.**

** Nodes with additional SSD will be required to meet NAE’s performance and scale requirements.

Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator

Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator can now be deployed on Cisco Application Service Engine clusters.

For more information, see the Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator Installation and Upgrade Guide

Platform support

There are no direct platform dependencies for Cisco Application Services Engine. The software dependencies are listed below.

 

Cisco ACI Release 4.2(3x)

Cisco ACI Release 3.2.x

Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

NIR on Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

NIA on Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

NAE Small++ on Cisco Application Services Engine

No**

No**

MSO on Cisco Application Services Engine

Yes*

No**

*Ova form factor in fabric external mode only
**Targeted for future release
++ Additional 4TB of SSD will be required per node to support NAE’s large performance and scale objectives.

Licensing

There are no licensing requirements for the Cisco Application Services Engine. The applications that are hosted on the Cisco Application Services Engine have associated license requirements. Refer to the ordering guide for ordering information.

Product specifications

Hardware specifications

Cisco Application Services Engine

Specifications (per cluster node)

Memory

256G

Processors

2* 10 cores each

Hard disk

4* 2.4TB each = 9.6TB total

SSD

400G

NVME

1.6TB

Power supply

1050W

Software

Aci-se-dk9.1.1.iso

 

Cluster specifications

Cisco Application Services Engine

Minimum

3 nodes

Maximum

32

Installation dependencies

Software dependencies

Cisco Application services engine

Cisco ACI Release 4.2(3x)

Cisco ACI Release 3.2.x

Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

Yes++

NIR on Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

Yes++

NIA on Cisco Application Services Engine

Y

No**

Yes++

NAE on Cisco Application Services Engine

No**

No**

Yes++

MSO on Cisco Application Services Engine

Yes*

No**

Yes++

**Targeted for future release
*As an ova in the fabric external mode only
++ SE bare metal as DCNM compute

Ordering information

Part #

Product description

SE-CL-L3

Cisco Application Services Engine Performance cluster

SE-NODE-G2=

Cisco Application Services Engine Cluster node

ACI-SE-DK9-1.1 

Cisco Application Services Engine software

Warranty information

Cisco Application Services Engine clusters have a 90-day limited liability warranty.

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