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Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN reduces IT operating expenses by simplifying and automating the processes involved in multi branch deployments. Cisco Enterprise Service Automation (ESA) helps IT organizations automate and standardize IT processes across their networks to align with both company and Cisco best practices. Through its GUI, Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN provides intuitive ways of designing cookie cutter profiles that enable IT to bring up multiple branches in no time. Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN essentially reduces the operational expenses of an IT organization by rapidly automating the processes involved in branch provisioning and rolling out services. Automation, integration, and Cisco validated designs. Service automation is a process tool that supports APIs and allows an external system to plug into a branch network and pass input parameters to it. It is used to automate the provisioning of branches.

Cisco Enterprise Service Automation uses the services available in the controller and management tools to register and provision both physical and virtual branches and seamlessly monitor and manage the components provisioned for inventory, change, fault, and performance functions. Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN aids with orchestration, automation of processes, and service chaining of virtual and physical branches, drastically reducing the time required to provision multiple branches simultaneously from months to just minutes. ESA, along with the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) and Cisco Prime-Infrastructure, allows IT to design, provision, manage, and monitor the hardware, hosting platforms, and software services required to successfully get a new branch up and running. Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module workflows align with ITIL processes, providing ways for users to create network designs for initial provisioning and service upgrades.

Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN

Cisco Service Automation is a process tool that supports APIs and allows an external system to plug into a branch network and pass input parameters to it. It is used to automate the provisioning of branches. Cisco Enterprise Service Automation is a thin, lightweight orchestration layer that closely integrates with other Cisco management tools and controllers, such as Cisco Prime infrastructure and Cisco APIC-EM, and comes as an enterprise packaged solution. It uses the services available in the controller and management tools to register and provision both physical and virtual branches and seamlessly monitor and manage the components provisioned for inventory, change, fault, and performance functions. Cisco Service Automation includes knowledge packs that are prepackaged within the system, providing users with validated topology designs. These Cisco best practice designs can be used in designing the virtual branch components to help reduce the load on the user.

Platform Support And Compatibility

Plug and play-provide automated zero touch deployment and day zero provisioning for the hardware platforms connecting to the network. Lowers operating costs by reducing the time that technicians must be on site to connect and configure the physical hardware and hosting platforms. Hosting platforms — Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers — Cisco UCS E-Series servers — Cisco Enterprise Network Computer System — Cisco Virtual Functions — Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V — Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) — Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS) Hardware platforms — Cisco 4000 series integrated services routers — Cisco Catalyst 3650 series switches. Platform support—lists the platforms and products that support Cisco ESA. Approval process — embeds an approval process in the workflow to provide a trusted environment for IT organizations before pushing any changes to the network. Follows ITIL processes that align with IT organizational needs.

Service Automation

Cisco Enterprise Service Automation includes knowledge packs that are prepackaged within the system, providing users with validated topology designs. These Cisco best practice designs can be used in designing the virtual branch components. This helps reduce the load on the user, who otherwise would need to understand the nuances of service chaining. The tool is designed to provide flexibility to the user to choose either the Cisco virtual network functions or functions offered by other network vendors that are certified to work in this environment. The tool has a Cisco validated initial configuration that the user can use to get the network up and running within minutes. Physical branch provisioning — provisions an entire branch network by automating on boarding, initial configuration, and customer supplied configurations for the complete branch network. Supports simultaneous provisioning of multiple branches with standardized configurations through easy to use bulk provisioning mechanisms.
Cisco Enterprise Service Automation SDN

Benefits

Software-defined networking (SDN) helps organizations accelerate application deployment and delivery, dramatically reducing IT costs through policy-enabled work-flow automation. SDN technology enables cloud architectures by providing automated, on-demand application delivery and mobility at scale. SDN enhances the benefits of data center virtualization, increasing resource flexibility and utilization and reducing infrastructure costs and overhead.

SDN accomplishes these business objectives by converging the management of network and application services into centralized, extensible orchestration platforms that can automate the provisioning and configuration of the entire infrastructure. Common, centralized IT policies bring together disparate IT groups and work flows. The result is a modern infrastructure that can deliver new applications and services in minutes, rather than the days or weeks required in the past.

Cisco Services

When considering SDN, it's important to define your desired business outcomes and plan each stage of the journey. Then you'll want to know how to accelerate the benefits of SDN while mitigating the risks.

With more than 50 million devices, 30 years of experience, and 6 million customer interactions each year, Cisco offers a full range of professional, solution, and product-support services. We can help you achieve agile, fast IT, aligned to your business needs, with lower costs and more innovation.

Control Expenses

Imagine if you could deliver stronger security, faster time to service and innovation, reduced operational overhead, and business agility at the speed of the digital business. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) for the data center, Cisco APIC Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) in the enterprise, and Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) for SD-WAN offer unmatched IT solutions.

Along with leading IT technology partners, open APIs, and IT orchestration tools, these solutions offer agility and operational efficiency.

Features

The composite organization experienced the following risk adjusted benefits that represent those experienced by the interviewed companies. Cisco ACI also provides productivity benefits. Business users gain better system performance, less downtime, and making network changes faster to support business needs. This benefit was not included in the core ROI analysis since productivity gains are not counted by many organizations. One example is included as a secondary analysis, and the financial impacts are presented below. The one example quantified is 4 hours less downtime per year.

The number of affected workers increases as the composite organization grows. The benefit was further risk adjusted, and the three-year benefit was $2.9 million Initial deployment time cut by two-thirds. The initial deployment was 16 weeks instead of 40. This includes testing the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure SDN solution, moving it into production, and necessary migration work. The total benefit in the initial period was $62,677.

Service Provider

Imagine if you had a platform that could help you transform your business, plus accelerate time to revenue while reducing operational costs and deploying new services at web speed. The Network Virtualization and Automation Solutions addresses these needs.

It uses software-defined networking for Service Providers, Network Functions Virtualization, open APIs, and advanced orchestration capabilities to create a flexible and modular services platform. The Cisco Evolved Programmable Network is a companion platform comprising the physical and virtual infrastructure service-delivery capabilities that you can use to accelerate the deployment of innovative new services.