gives administrators a platform for leveraging their own tools and utilities.
Cisco IOS XR 6.0 supports third-party off-the-shelf applications built using
Linux tool chains. Users can run custom applications cross-compiled with the
software development kit that Cisco provides. Application hosting is offered in
two variants: Native and Container.
applications, configuring management tools, and auto provisioning was a
challenge with traditional 32-bit QNX OS. With networking rapidly moving to
virtual environments, the need for a network operating system that supports
operational agility and efficiency through seamless integration with existing
tool chains became a key requirement for our customers.
Cisco IOS XR uses a
64-bit Linux-based operating system that simplifies the integration of
applications, configuration management tools, and industry-standard zero touch
provisioning mechanisms to meet the DevOps style workflows for service
To access the SDK to
build packages that use the Linux distribution offered by Cisco, and to host
applications natively, see
Building RPMs for
Native Application Hosting
section in the
Cisco IOS XR Application Hosting Configuration