A guide to network automation, visibility, and operations in a hybrid world.
The applications and data that run today’s businesses aren’t just on-premises anymore. They’re spread across the entire multicloud domain, in private and public clouds and in SaaS environments.
Your organisation may have embraced this distributed model on purpose or arrived there by default. Either way, the hybrid cloud has a clear advantage: flexibility. You can move data and applications where they need to be, quickly and effortlessly.
Because of that flexibility, a hybrid cloud network can also be complicated to maintain. But by following the principles of simple, seamless hybrid network management, your business can harness the benefits of hybrid and run more efficiently.
Data spread across the globe in different environments becomes challenging to manage. Your enterprise might have an on-premises site in Singapore, a public cloud in Hong Kong, a private cloud in Amsterdam, and a hybrid implementation in San Jose.
Traditionally, all this data and technology is overseen by many teams. A policy expert in NetOps looks for configuration changes. SecOps sets up firewalls and access control lists (ACLs). DevOps handles issues with application performance.
Each of these teams has different tools in different toolchains. They could be using spreadsheets, custom Python code and visualisation tools, or expensive northbound integrations. They could be monitoring many telemetric collectors. The result? An isolated operator experience and limited visibility beyond each tool or team.
It’s hard to put together a hypothesis for what might be causing the issues.
The observations coming from each team aren’t correlated, so there’s no easy way to tell whether a problem has occurred before or what it’s connected to.
Insights are fragmented, mean time to resolution (MTTR) is higher, and SLAs aren’t met.
To streamline network operations, you want to be able to do everything through one interface, from provisioning new servers to fixing malfunctions. Setting up a cloud-neutral command centre, with all telemetry devices and software components under a single pane of glass, eliminates the need for custom solutions that are overseen and maintained separately.
Analyse telemetry data and centralise monitoring and intelligence to get 360-degree visibility across all the different layers of the stack. Application anomalies are pinpointed, and any data can be communicated to visualisation tools to generate real-time insights.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable automated provisioning and remediation, replacing scattered manual processes. Automation can handle application changes, capacity planning, and responses to root cause analysis, delivering continuous assurance and configuration consistency.
How do you translate mission success into action? At Cisco, we’ve worked with many network teams and systems. We’ve seen what’s essential and developed solutions to meet those needs.
To design a command centre for your hybrid data center network that works well for everyone on your team, make sure you can check all these boxes.
To achieve the best performance from your network command centre, you need both software and hardware. Cisco Data Center and Cloud Networking solutions help customers manage the full operations lifecycle of their networks.
Cisco Nexus Dashboard and its operational services deliver all the benefits of a centralised network management, whether on-prem, hybrid, or cloud. Together with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches, operators can build a highly secure, scalable, flexible next-generation automated data center.
A simple, intuitive interface that streamlines both operation and administration.
Enabled through Nexus Dashboard, monitor and analyse your data center fabric in real time, deriving correlated insights from telemetry data across the whole network operation and administration.
Contribute to agility with deep visibility thanks to streaming telemetry and advanced analytics. They also deliver speeds up to 400G and 50% faster application completion time.