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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.

NSO is now free to download for non-production use!  Download NSO to evaluate and learn how to automate your network and orchestrate your services using NETCONF and YANG today.


Why Cisco NSO is #1


Time & Motions Savings


   OpEx Reduction


      5Yr ROI


Tier 1 & 2 Savings

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How people are using NSO


Latest Innovation: NSO 5

With the introduction of NSO 5, Service Providers can accelerate revenue-generating services with automated, self-service, and on-demand provisioning in even the largest multi-vendor networks at over 100K+ devices and beyond.

NSO 5 continues the proven history Cisco’s Network Service Orchestrator, the most trusted orchestration solution in the market with over eight years of hardening in over 100 production networks across the globe. Now with an enhanced NED Builder tool which empowers customers to be able to create their own element drivers beyond the existing 1777 existing non-Cisco vendors – ensuring independence Cisco to connect even more effectively across multi-vendor networks.

See how it works

Cisco® Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f® is a model driven (YANG) platform for automating your network orchestration. It supports multi-vendor networks through a rich variety of Network Element Drivers (NEDs).

NSO supports the process of validating, implementing and abstracting your network config and network services, providing support for the entire transformation into intent based networking.

NSO and the DevOps toolchain

Cisco NSO serves an important role in your DevOps strategy by acting as a bridge between your toolchain and the underling infrastructure you need to control. This white paper explores how NSO ingrates into and strengthens your DevOps toolchain.

How you can use NSO

Service orchestration

NSO orchestrates the lifecycle of network related service: development, deployment, and activation. Create, modify, repair, and delete services on-demand. Download White Paper

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.

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).

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.


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