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  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) 10
    Data Center Network Manager for IP Fabric
    Cisco® Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) 10 unifies and automates Cisco Nexus® infrastructure for data center management across Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Data Center Network Manager 10 lets you manage very large numbers of devices while providing ready-to-use management and automation capabilities.

    Cloud Infrastructure and Fabric Management 

    • Fabric control and overlay visibility:
      • Provides fabric management for multiple, dissimilar types of LAN fabrics: for example, VXLAN, Cisco FabricPath, and traditional 3-tier LAN deployments can be managed from Data Center Network Manager
    • Multiple-fabric support:
      • Uses fabric as a managed object, allowing IT managers to keep resource pools for a given fabric separate while still using the same instance of the management tool 
    • Unified topology views:
      • Presents topology views showing physical and overlay networks on the same page, helping IT administrators quickly identify the extent of virtual overlay networks on a programmable fabric
      • Presents smart topology views showing virtual port channels (vPCs) and virtual device contexts for Cisco Nexus networks; topology views include VXLAN search 
    • Multisite manager searches, monitoring:
      • Provides a high-level dashboard for tracking and synchronizing data with other Data Center Network Manager deployments in remote or local data centers
      • Allows searches to query across the enterprise to locate elements that match search criteria (for example, switch, virtual machine, MAC address, or segment ID) 
    • Power-on autoprovisioning (POAP) infrastructure:
      • Includes day-0 POAP for quick bootstrapping of switch infrastructure 
      • Includes Domain Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and file server functions along with user-customizable, best-practices templates to help ensure that deployments are consistent and properly configured 
    • VXLAN fabric management:
      • In topology view, shows VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint status; search allows users to visualize the extent of the VXLAN overlay in the fabric 
      • Shows VXLAN network identifier (VNI) status on a per-switch basis 
      • In switch inventory view, shows VXLAN details 
    • Virtual machine and virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) table search: 
      • Shows which switches contain the tenant’s virtual machine hosts or contain a VRF table for a given tenant or organization, which helps users quickly identify where tenant traffic is located in a large fabric
    • Per-fabric pool management: 
      • Allows pool resources such as IP addresses and VXLAN segment IDs to be allocated on a per-fabric basis
    • Multitier fabric visualization with pod support:
      • Provides easy-to-understand view of large-scale data center fabrics
      • Allows administrators to group devices into pods, or “data closets” 
    • Cable plan visualization and management:
      • Indicates the intent of the device cabling and the way that each device in a leaf or spine or other arrangement is supposed to be connected, helping operators effectively manage the network 
      • Enforces the cable plan on the fabric and indicates errors graphically in a display that is easy for operators to understand
    • Role-based access control (RBAC) for fabric objects:
      • Allows RBAC within the fabric to separate administrative tasks between functional domains

    Multitenant Cloud Fabric Automation

    • Multiple-orchestrator support:
      • Provides easy integration with multitenant cloud hypervisor and orchestration mechanisms such as OpenStack, Cisco UCS Director, and vSphere
      • Supports orchestrations through REST APIs and Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) event notification 
    • Border leaf and edge router autoconfiguration: 
      • Simplifies and automates configuration for egress nodes on the fabric
      • Automatically load-shares egress traffic among multiple border leaf nodes
      • Provides external configuration notification to data center interconnect (DCI) devices
    • REST and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) API:
      • Provides external API for manipulation of multitenant data and device autoconfiguration data
      • Provides easy automation mechanism for automatic fabric control using custom automation solutions
      • Enables integration with third-party or custom orchestration tools.
      • Allows deployment of Data Center Network Manager 10 templates through an API for general-purpose switch updates across multiple devices Event bus for orchestration Allows fabric automation to listen to external events from third-party hypervisor and orchestrator solutions


    • Automated discovery:
      • Using automated network discovery, provides up-to-date physical and logical inventory information
      • Tracks inventory and performance information in real time 
    • Provisioning GUI, tools, and wizards:
      • Provides prebuilt GUI, tools, and workflows for provisioning LAN services such as vPC
    • Provisioning templates:
      • Provides prebuilt templates for bulk-capable general provisioning
      • Provides a prebuilt template deployment scheduler and rollback mechanism
      • Offers customizable templates with conditional statements
      • Allows JavaScript external method calls for calculation during template deployment
      • Allows creation of new templates using template editor
      • Allows import and conversion of configuration scripts to templates 
    • Configuration and change management:
      • Provides predeployment validation of configuration changes to help reduce human errors (POAP includes this feature as well) 
      • Tracks fabric configuration for day-1 and later device changes 
      • Provides a general configuration archive to track changes, allowing rollback to a last-known good state 
      • Provides capability to back up configuration files from all switches
    • Software image management:
      • Includes Cisco In-Service Switch Upgrade (ISSU) support
      • Includes support for graceful insertion and removal (GIR)
      • Includes software maintenance update (ISSU) support that allows update of NX-OS modules

    Visibility, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting

    • Dashboards:
      • Provides last-24-hours summary of events and top talkers
      • Offers custom summary view of LAN and SAN domains and topology groups
      • Provides host, switch, and fabric dashboards
      • Allows context-based searches from dashboards
      • Provides views of configurations, events, and traffic
    • Topology views:
      • Displays topology in near-real time for data center infrastructure
      • In topology views, shows link-layer and overlay status details alongside switch details to aid troubleshooting and visibility
    • Topology overlays:
      • Provides general visibility into Layer 2 network connectivity mapped on the physical topology view
      • Allows users to filter topology views by overlay
      • Includes search functions for VLAN, VXLAN, vPC, and Layer 2 overlays 
    • Performance and capacity management:
      • Provides detailed visibility into real-time and historical performance statistics in the data center 
      • Provides insight into port and bandwidth use, error count, traffic statistics, etc. 
      • Includes scheduled reports that can be offloaded for postprocessing
    • Capacity manager:
      • Tracks port use by port tier and predicts when an individual tier pool will be consumed
      • Charts view of port consumption based on custom groupings
      • Finds and combines or reclaims underused ports 
    • Health check and correction:
      • Identifies and autoresolves vPC inconsistencies
    • Host tracking:
      • Tracks the details and connectivity of servers (hosts) that are connected to NX-OS devices 
    • VMware vCenter plug-in: 
      • Brings the DCNM computing dashboard into vCenter for dependency mapping and inventory, performance, configuration, and event views 
      • Provides topology, configuration, event, and performance views in the context of the virtual host
    • Event management:
      • Provides real-time network-health summary with detailed view of individual network components, enabling operations staff to respond quickly to events based on event severity
      • Allows operator to acknowledge working on an alert and, when the alert is resolved, delete it
      • Forwards syslog alerts based on a monitored facility 
    • Reports: 
      • Provides reports using predefined templates, including inventory, use, and health reports 
      • Provides easy-to-schedule reports that can be exported for postprocessing or sent by email 
      • Creates custom port groups related to tenants, applications, or organizations for performance reporting
    • SAN features:
      • Provides a new, easy-to-use web-based zoning interface to drastically reduce the cycle time for common administration tasks
      • Provides a new web-based device-alias configuration to ease transition to a web-based user interface for zoning and other management tasks
      • Provides new slow-drain analysis features to increase efficiency and reduce the time to discovery for slow-drain devices
      • Provides consolidated SAN host-path-redundancy feature to better organize and identify virtual and physical hosts with path-redundancy problems in the fabric
      • Provides a new port monitoring (PMon) configuration that allows fabricwide deployment and customization of PMon events and actions


    • Embedded database for enterprise deployments:
      • Does not require any external database or database administrator to manage large installations 
    • High availability for embedded database: 
      • Does not require an external database for high-availability deployments; the included database supports high availability without the need for a third-party database
    • HTML5 user interface:
      • Uses standards-based HTML5 GUIs, which do not require additional client-side graphical components such as Adobe Flash or Sun Java to manage the LAN and programmable fabrics 
    • Event handling: 
      • Integrates with the enterprise operations console (network operations center [NOC]) for alerts and events
      • Uses email messages and traps to notify operations staff of service disruptions 
      • Adds context to path alerts by identifying the name of the host, Inter-Switch Link (ISL), and storage entity 
      • Allows creation of custom port groups based on priority and severity level of the application and implementation of rule-based event forwarding to notify the system or user of traps and syslog messages generated for the custom port group

    Preliminary Product Specifications

    Data Center Network Manager 10 virtual appliance platform

    • VMware vSphere 5.5 (with VMware ESXi) or vSphere 6
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) 

    Virtual appliance memory: minimum requirements (small and large models) 

    • Small: 8 GB 
    • Large: 12 GB 

    Number of virtual appliance CPU cores: minimum requirements on host (small and large models) 

    • Small: 2 
    • Large: 4 

    Virtual appliance disk space: minimum requirements (small and large models) 

    • Small: 100 GB 
    • Large: 160 GB 

    External database support: Oracle for Federated deployments 

    External DHCP server support: Cisco Prime Network Registrar 

    Secure client support: Secure HTTP (HTTPS) and Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Secure file access Secure Copy (SCP) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) 

    Protocols used by the virtual appliance: HTTP, HTTPS, Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), AMQP, SCP, Trivial FTP (TFTP), DHCP, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Version 3 (LDAPv3) 

    Web browser support: See product release notes; must support HTML5 

    API support: REST API using JSON

    Troubleshooting and visualization display: Link-down status, miscabling status, virtual machine search, and organization and partition search 

    API for cloud and service integration: REST and JSON through API support

    System Requirements

    This section lists supported hardware and software for Data Center Network Manager 10 server and client architecture. The application has been tested in English language browsers only.

    Server Requirements

    Data Center Network Manager 10 is available as an ISO virtual appliance and supports installation on the following hypervisors:

    • VMware ESXi 5.5
    • VMware vCenter 5.5
    • VMware vCenter 6.0
    • KVM on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6


    Web browsers that support HTML5 are qualified for use with Data Center Network Manager 10, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.


    Cisco switch bundle with 36p 100G QSFP28, all solution licenses for NBM and DCNM


    Cisco switch bundle with 72p 40G QSFP+, all solution licenses for NBM and DCNM


    Cisco switch bundle with 48p 10G SFP+ and 6p 40G OR 4p 100G, all solution licenses for NBM and DCNM


    Cisco switch bundle 48p 10/25G SFP+ and 6p 100G QSFP28, all solution licenses for NBM and DCNM


    Server for Data Center Network Manager (one per IP fabric)

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