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Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)

Automate and simplify your operations

Deliver high-quality services faster and more easily through network automation. Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) is industry-leading software for automating services across traditional and virtualized networks. Use NSO to add, change, and delete services without disrupting overall service, and help ensure that services are delivered in real time.

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How you can use NSO

Device management

Network device turn up, configuration, and capability management is handled by an NSO onboard device manager. This reduces manual efforts to manage network elements and lowers risk of errors. Cisco and third-party physical or virtual devices are managed through the device abstraction layer using NEDs (Network Element Drivers).


Service orchestration

NSO orchestrates the lifecycle of network related service: development, deployment, and activation. Create, modify, repair, and delete services


NFV orchestration

Orchestrate the lifecycle of a virtual service - create, modify, repair and delete virtualized services on customer demand, within minutes or seconds. Manage and configure the Virtual Network Function (VNF) that makes up the virtual service and how they are chained together. Control a VNF Manager such as Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC) and Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIMs) including OpenStack and vSphere with the NFV Orchestrator (NFVO) NSO Package.


Configuration audit, network policy compliance

NSO ensures the network is correctly configured and device configurations conform to network-wide rules. Utilizing templates matching “golden configs” for various device types and roles, NSO audits a device’s most recent running config against corresponding template – any deviations are flagged for correction.

See how NSO simplifies service provisioning by using network automation


Network API for day-to-day network management

Single interface for all network devices

Multi-vendor abstraction through NED (Network Element Drivers)

Network wide device configuration data-store

Network wide CLI (Command Line) interface

Template and compliance reporting

On-demand service development

Model-driven service and device definition framework

YANG model-driven architecture

Developers tools (Multi-Vendor Network Simulator) and SDK content, Java or Python for programmatic mapping

Package and versioning management

Service API for day-to-day service operations and provisioning

Central API for network services

Service lifecycle management

Service CRUD (Create, Redeploy, Update and Delete)

Transactional and model-driven approach

Service insight

Orchestrated assurance

Cross-domain orchestrator

Management of physical and virtual applications

Capable of VM orchestration and VM lifecycle management

VM bootstrapping and day-0 bring up capabilities

VM day N configuration management for service orchestration


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