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Cisco Nexus Insights Data Sheet

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Product overview

With the unprecedented increases in scale and complexity of networks, it is challenging to keep up with the demands of operating a large network without the aid of intelligent and adaptive tools. The Cisco Nexus® Insights for the data center stands out as the first comprehensive technology solution in the industry developed by Cisco for network operators to manage day-2 operations in their networks.

For operators to manage and maintain their networks effectively, it is important to have a deep understanding of a network’s constituents and their properties, what the network is doing, how it is being used, how it is responding to the demands on it, and, most importantly, how it will respond to new loads arising due to new business processes. As and when changes occur in the control plane, data plane, and forwarding plane of a network, it is important to detect, locate and root cause anomalies as close to real time as possible. Proactive notification of known vulnerabilities that may produce suboptimal behavior of the products is very critical. Timely detection can help minimize the operational and financial impact associated with network downtime.

The Operational Intelligence Engine of Cisco Nexus Insights incorporates a set of advanced alerting, baselining, correlation, and forecasting algorithms to provide deep insights into the behavior of the network by utilizing telemetry data obtained from networking and compute components. Cisco Nexus Insights automates troubleshooting and helps rapid root-causing and early remediation. It also helps infrastructure owners comply with SLA requirements for their users.

The Cisco Nexus Insights for the data center is supported on Cisco ACI® and Cisco NX-OS/DCNM–based deployments.

Cisco Nexus Insights features and benefits

Table 1.        Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Multi-fabric support

Use a single instance of Cisco Nexus Insights application to monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot multiple data-center fabrics.

Time-series database

Gather evidence from past data. Peek back in time to look at a specific sequence of events and gather intelligent insights.

Flow analytics

Use FT/FTE to minimize troubleshooting time through automated root-cause analysis of data plane anomalies, such as packet drops, latency, workload movements, routing issues, ACL drops, and more.

Microburst detection

Expose and locate invisible microbursts. Find out congestion hot spots and protect application performance.

AppDynamics®

Break operational silos between network and server teams. Gain cross domain visibility and perform rapid troubleshooting with qualitative and quantifiable data. Know the application geography and layout with the mapping of application topology to physical topology information.

Multicast control plane

Use detailed statistics and state information of PIM, IGMP, and IGMP-snooping protocols to monitor multicast control plane health.

Anomaly analysis

Compare and contrast time-synced data of multiple parameters to derive deeper understanding of issues and behaviors. Know the impacted endpoints, applications, and flows due to network anomalies.

Resource utilization

Provide efficient capacity planning to maintain top network performance. Get fabric-wide visibility of resource utilization and historical trends. Detect components exceeding capacity thresholds ahead of time. Examples: TCAM, routes, ACL entries, ports, tenants, VRFs, EPGs, and many more.

Environmental

Proactively monitor and report environmental anomalies by leveraging telemetry data from hardware sensors such as CPU, memory, disk, power supply, fan speed, and temperature.

Statistics

Use detailed data-plane statistics to diagnose, locate, and remediate issues. Monitor and use protocol anomalies and state information to remediate BGP, vPC, LACP, CDP, and LLDP problems.

Customizable dashboards

Create custom dashboard views for your own preferred way of monitoring. Keep a close eye on parameters of your choice.

Endpoint analytics

Locate virtual machines, bare-metal hosts, and other endpoints in the data center fabric. Use historical data to track their movements.

Topology view

Use your natural visuo-spatial ability to explore, navigate, discover, and zoom into issues. Never get lost! Visualize logical constructs such as tenant, VRF, EPG, and more on top of the physical topology. Perform rapid troubleshooting using filters to focus on problematic nodes.

Advisories

Stay up to date on new software and hardware availability. Be up to date on hardware and software end-of-sale announcements and get lead time to plan for upgrades.

PSIRTs/bugs

Get notified and take necessary action to stay secure and stay in compliance. Get instant visibility into any applicable bugs. Prevent unscheduled outages.

Cisco® TAC assist

Automate the mundane, repetitive tasks of log collection, and attach them to TAC Service Requests (SRs). Delegate additional log collection to the TAC team, and free yourself from dull work.

Flow state validator

Verify software and hardware programming consistency across all available traffic paths between endpoints. Track per hop information and behavior.

Kafka-messaging support

Share Cisco Nexus Insights’ enriched, value-added output with the application ecosystem. Build synergetic workflows with third-party IT applications.

Email-notification support

Get offline alerts about network health using the email-notification facility. Pick and choose which issues you need to be alerted about.

Cisco ACI Multi-tier support

Monitor Cisco ACI multi-tier topology with all Cisco Nexus Insights features and functions.

Product-usage telemetry

Enabled by Cisco to significantly improve product lifecycle management for IT teams that have deployed Cisco data center fabrics. These data and related insights proactively identify product issues, improve services and support, and activate discussions to glean additional value from new and existing features.

Hardware platform support

Table 2.        Hardware platform support

Feature

Cisco Nexus 9300/9500/9700 EX/FX/FX2/GX series switches

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Multi-fabric

Yes

Yes

Yes

Time-series database

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flow analytics (FT/FTE*)

Yes*

No

No

Microburst detection

Yes**

No

No

AppDynamics

Yes

No

No

Multicast control plane

Yes

No

No

Anomaly analysis

Yes

Yes

Yes

Resource utilization

Yes

Yes

Yes

Environmental

Yes

Yes

Yes

Statistics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Customizable dashboards

Yes

Yes

Yes

Endpoint analytics

Yes

No

No

Topology view

Yes

Yes

Yes

Advisories

Yes

Yes

Yes

PSIRTs/bugs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cisco TAC assist

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flow state validator

Yes (Cisco Data Center Network Manager [DCNM] only)

No

No

Kafka-messaging support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Email-notification support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cisco ACI Multi-tier support

Yes (Cisco ACI only)

No

No

**Not supported on Nexus 9300/9500/9700 EX platform for ACI

Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard Base

Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard Base to view all your data center networking inventory directly from Intersight. For more information, see Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard (ND) Base.

Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard (ND) Base offers customers basic data center network asset, inventory, and status information in the Intersight portal. It provides customers a single, high level view of your Cisco Nexus infrastructure health. The consolidated view supports consistency and compliance checks and makes it easier to prevent administrative lapses in expiry of support contracts.

These benefits and business outcomes are made possible through a pre-packaged Cisco Nexus Insights cloud connector that comes with the Cisco data center network controllers such as Cisco APIC and Cisco DC.

Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector

Cisco Nexus Insights also provides a license-free version of the application, called Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector, that will benefit operators by collecting valuable information about the status and capabilities of Cisco data-center platforms.

The Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector (Cisco NI Cloud Connector) application provides customers with the benefit of faster time to remediation with Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC assist) functionalities along with automatic, secure collection of tech-support logs. Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector will empower IT teams to provide inventory reports of license entitlement, upcoming renewals, and proactive defect notifications, along with lifecycle management support from integrated Cisco Customer Experience (CX) programs.

Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector is pre-packaged with Cisco data-center platforms to automatically connect and transmit product usage data to Cisco. All product-usage telemetry data is transmitted to Cisco through an encrypted channel. The categories of data collected are limited to product usage. For details about the product usage telemetry information that is collected, please see the table below.

Table 3.        Product usage telemetry

Category

Data elements

Purpose of collection

Cisco.com

  Cisco.com user ID

Identify customer account

System

  Controller and device information (APIC/DCNM switch/appliance serial number, type, software versions, platform ID)
  Operational metrics – (including CPU, memory, filesystem, and uptime) for deployed fabric components

Identify potential device issues in customers’ environments to prevent problems and improve the product

Feature usage

  Number of fabrics created, number of leaf nodes, spine nodes, border nodes, number of IP subnets, routing protocols in use, and the fabric and switch-level capacity
  Number of tenants/ contracts/ endpoints/ endpoint groups/etc. (Cisco ACI), access lists/ hosts/ VLANs/etc. (Cisco NX-OS/ DCNM), virtual networks, features enabled, and feature scale

Facilitate customer adoption and customer value

License entitlement

  License-entitlement information (network device type, IP address of network device, Cisco Smart Software Manager registration status, Cisco ACI and NX-OS license information, number of days until license expires)
  Signed EULA flag

Assist customers in tracking and maintaining license entitlement and renewals

For information on Cisco Data Protection and Privacy, please refer to the following: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/trust-center/data-protection-and-privacy.html.

Users can also choose to opt out of the data collection of product-usage telemetry by switching off the device connector in their specific data-center platforms. For further information, please refer to the Cisco Nexus Insight Cloud Connector configuration guides.

Software release support

Cisco Nexus Insights

      Minimum supported release for Cisco ACI APIC controller is 4.2(5) and for Cisco ACI switch software is 14.2(5).

      Minimum supported release for Cisco NX-OS DCNM controller is 11.4 and for Cisco NX-OS switch software is 7.0(3) I7(6) in the 7 train and 9.3(2) in the 9 train.

      Please refer to the support matrix by clicking here for detailed information.

Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard Base

      Supported with Cisco ACI APIC controller releases 3.2(9), 4.2(4) and beyond. Minimum supported release for Cisco NX-OS DCNM controller is 11.3.1.

Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector

      Supported with Cisco ACI APIC controller releases 3.2(9), 4.2(4) and beyond. Minimum supported release for Cisco NX-OS DCNM controller is 11.3.1.

      Please refer to the latest configuration guides and release notes by clicking here for detailed information.

Installation dependencies

The Cisco Nexus Insights applications run on both Cisco ACI and NX-OS/DCNM–based deployments, and have the following installation requirements:

1.     Starting with Cisco Nexus Insights release 5.1, Cisco Nexus Dashboard platform is required to host Cisco Nexus Insights application. This is applicable for Cisco ACI and Cisco DCNM based fabrics.

Cisco Nexus Insights licensing

      Cisco Nexus Insights application licenses are included as part of the Cisco Data Center Networking (DCN) Premier license.

      Cisco Intersight Nexus Dashboard Base application does not require additional licensing. User is required to create an account in Cisco Intersight to use the functionality.

      Cisco Nexus Insights Cloud Connector application is included in the Cisco APIC and Cisco DCNM software OS as a license-free offering.

      For customers who have a Cisco DCN Essentials or Advantage license, customers can acquire Cisco Nexus Insights licenses through a Day2Ops bundle.

      Cisco Nexus Insights licenses are available in subscription mode only.

      For Cisco ACI environments, the number of device licenses required is equal to the sum of the leafs. The spines do not require a device license.

      For a Cisco NX-OS/DCNM environment, device licenses are required for all nodes. The number of device licenses required is equal to the sum of the leafs, fixed spines, and/or modular spines.

      For a more detailed overview on Cisco Licensing, go to cisco.com/go/licensingguide.

      Download the Cisco Nexus Insights applications in the Cisco DC App Center.

      Try for free Cisco Nexus Insights TAC assist feature here.

      Contact your Cisco account team to learn pricing and additional details.

Ordering information

See the Cisco Nexus Insights for Data Center Licensing Guide for license ordering details.

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