Apply server automation practices to Cisco networks

You rely on Cisco’s hardware to power your data center, and your team of Cisco specialists handles initial configuration and ongoing management of this equipment. But the specialized knowledge required to manage the Cisco network leads to siloed change management processes, lengthy conference calls, and an avalanche of tickets every time you need to deploy changes that span compute and network.

The native NX-OS Puppet agent for Nexus 9000, 7000, 6000, 5000 and 3000 switches enables network administrators to automate Day One, Day Two and Day Three operations simply by specifying the desired state of the network in Puppet code, using the Cisco Puppet module available on the Puppet Forge. Using infrastructure as code to manage the network offers these benefits:

  • DevOps proliferation. Apply DevOps collaboration practices to networking, not just compute.

  • Operational unity. Manage your network the same way you manage compute. Unify your change management processes and tooling.

  • Insight. Get change management and change insight for all your infrastructure.

Many teams, one language

Puppet’s human-readable configuration language lets previously siloed teams collaborate on changes that span compute and network resources. Because Puppet implements infrastructure as code, those cross-team changes can be written, reviewed, tested, and deployed in concert. Goodbye to multiple teams coordinating their separate deployments through tickets and lengthy conference calls.

When you have a single tool to unify change management processes and monitor deployments across multiple teams, you dramatically increase IT performance. As shown in the 2015 State of DevOps report, the most important factors for achieving high IT performance depend on managing infrastructure as code.

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