Service VM Orchestration
Service virtual machine (VM) orchestration is a policy-based feature that enables you to create and manage service VMs easily with Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Service VM orchestration is a new feature for VMware vCenter environments in Cisco APIC 4.0(1).
Previously, you had to create a service VM in VMware vCenter, define the data center that it belonged to, and associate it with a data store. You also had to configure its management network settings and then attach it to Cisco APIC. However, service VM orchestration enables you to perform all these tasks in Cisco APIC.
Service VM orchestration streamlines the process of configuring the service VMs, also known as concrete devices (CDev). The CDevs are grouped into a device cluster, also known as a logical device (LDev). Configuration and policy that are applied to the LDev are applied to each CDev that it contains.
To use service VM orchestration, you create and upload a configuration file. You then configure a VM instantiation policy, create the Layer 4 to Layer 7 LDev, and then create CDevs associated with the LDev. Read and understand the section Service VM Orchestration Guidelines and Limitations before configuring service VM orchestration.
You can perform Service VM orchestration tasks using the Cisco APIC GUI, the NX-OS style CLI, or REST API. See the the following sections for instructions: