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Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC) is a Virtual Network Functions Manager (VNFM), which performs lifecycle management of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).
The Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC) promotes agility, flexibility, and programmability in Network Function Virtualization (NFV) environments - and offers comprehensive automated lifecycle management capabilities. By design, Cisco ESC is built as an open and a modular system. It provides a single point of control to manage all aspects of VNF lifecycle for generic virtual network functions (VNFs) in a dynamic environment. Drawing on industry standards and open APIs, you can control the full lifecycle of all of your virtualized resources, whether using Cisco or third-party VNFs, allowing you to choose best-of-breed industry solutions.
As part of the Cisco Orchestration Suite, ESC is packaged with Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and Cisco NFV Orchestrator (NFVO) bundle. This is available within Cisco Solutions such as Virtual Managed Services (vMS).
As a standalone product, ESC is available as a Virtual Network Function Manager bundled with several Cisco VNFs such as VPN, vRouter and many others.
Supported Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIM)
ESC supports lifecycle management of VNF on OpenStack and VMware vCenter. For more details, see the Installation Scenarios chapter in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller Install and Upgrade Guide.
April 24, 2018
Added reference to the REST API guide.
New Features and Enhancements of 4.0
This section describes the features added in Cisco Elastic Services Controller Release 4.0.
ETSI MANO API—ESC supports ETSI MANO northbound API defined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for NFV Management and Orchestration. The ETSI MANO API is another programmatic interface based on the REST architecture. For more information, see ETSI MANO Compliant Lifecycle Operations in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide.
- Remote File Server Authentication—The file locator attribute is now defined at the deployment level. For more information, see Fetching Files From Remote Servers in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide.
Configuring Port Security—You can now specify the port security status for an interface or a port while deploying the VNFs or while modifying an existing deployment. See Configuring Port Security in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide .
OpenStack and VMware Supported Versions—ESC now supports VMware 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5 versions and OpenStack Mitaka, Newton, and Ocata.
- IPv6 Support—ESC now supports IPv6 on OpenStack.
ETSI MANO API—You can access the ETSI MANO APIs directly from the ESC VM. For more information, see the ETSI MANO Northbound API in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide.
REST API—From ESC Release 4.0 onwards, you can access the REST APIs directly from the ESC VM. For more information see the REST Northbound API in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide.
For more information, see the Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide and Cisco Elastic Services Controller Install and Upgrade Guide.
Cisco ESC Release 4.0 onwards, the ref based affinity and antiaffinity tags are deprecated.
In Scaling, the minimum and maximum values cannot be set to zero. Alternatively, you can add and delete the VM group.
Cisco Elastic Services Controller Bugs
For a complete list of open and resolved bugs for this release, use the Cisco Bug Search tool.
The table below lists the open issues in the Cisco Elastic Services Controller 4.0 release.
Table 1 Open Bugs in Cisco Elastic Services Controller 4.0
Deployment went into inert state after scaling down.
Restarting after post deploy script failure brings the deployment back to active state.
Dep-update manual scale out fails with static IP's and security groups and notif of failure.
Cannot delete deployment using esc_nc_cli delete-dep.
In ESC-HA mode after configuring ETSI, Health.sh shows FAILED.
Cisco Bug Search ToolProcedure
Bug Search Tool (BST), the online successor to Bug Toolkit, is designed to improve our customers' effectiveness in network risk management and device troubleshooting.
BST allows partners and customers to search for software bugs based on product, release, and keyword, and aggregates key data such as bug details, product, and version. The service has provision to filter bugs based on credentials to provide external and internal bug views for the search input.
To use the BST to search for a specific bug or to search for all bugs in a release:
Step 1 Go to http://tools.cisco.com/bugsearch. Step 2 At the Log In screen, enter your registered Cisco.com username and password; then, click Log In. The Bug Search page opens.
If you do not have a Cisco.com username and password, you can register for them at http://tools.cisco.com/RPF/register/register.do.
Step 3 To search for a specific bug, enter the bug ID in the Search For field and press Return. Step 4 To search for bugs in the current release:
In the Search For field, enter a keyword and press Return. (Leave the other fields empty).
- When the search results are displayed, use the filter tools to find the types of bugs you are looking for. You can search for bugs by modified date, status, severity, and so forth.
To export the results to a spreadsheet, click the Export All to Spreadsheet link.
See Bug Search Tools & Resources on Cisco.com. For more details on the tool overview and functionalities, check out the help page, located at http://www.cisco.com/web/applicat/cbsshelp/help.html
Accessibility Features in Cisco ESC
For a list of accessibility features in Cisco ESC 4.0, see Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) on the Cisco website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All product documents are accessible except for images, graphics, and some charts. If you would like to receive the product documentation in audio format, braille, or large print, contact email@example.com.
The following documents are available for Cisco Elastic Services Controller:
Cisco Elastic Services Controller User Guide
Cisco Elastic Services Controller Install and Upgrade Guide
Cisco Elastic Services Controller NETCONF API Guide
Cisco Elastic Services Controller REST API Guide
Cisco Elastic Services Controller Deployment Attributes
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