3 Things You Need to Know About Cisco NDP Now

Cisco, the company known for having built the network, now looks to redefine its image. In this, Cisco envisions “The Network. Intuitive.” Here we see a shift in focus from hardware and traditional services to software and simplicity.

Of all the technologies announced at CLUS, including the rewrite of Cisco’s famous “IOS” operating system and bringing software-defined to the access layer, we like the new Network Data Platform otherwise known as “NDP”, the new analytics layer and DNA-Center because of their foundational nature and horizontal applicability to security, WAN and the LAN.

WAN and the LANOver decades of network equipment proliferation, our take on it is that NDP takes a bold next step to say “out with the old and in with the new”. Here, Cisco audaciously combines the numerous network databases and controllers information that rule our environments today into one product.

On top of NDP is the analytics engine that takes disparate data inputs and analyses them to identify patterns and trends. The idea is by combining data sources and correlating them we can derive better outcomes.

For example, taking telemetric data from network elements, including routers, switches, and SDN controllers and applying analytics, a business can better understand things like, “who’s using all the bandwidth?” or “who’s using the router the most?”, and probably most important, who should get the bill?! In addition, network operators can now better understand what’s normal and proactively identify and solve issues before they impact productivity. All this makes for better user experiences.

DNA-Center is the presentation layer where applications will be made available in a very modern user interface.

As we’re previewing the demos at Cisco’s World of Solutions we’re reminded that new technologies require new gear and take time to deploy. NDP is like combining all your network databases in one so think of the compute and storage needed to run real-time visualizations and reporting. Also, set up and deployment could be lengthy and customized as each customer has unique requirements.

The best deployment scenario for NDP and DNA-Center is with LiveNX. As the network focused platform being used by more than 700 of the largest enterprise networks in the World, LiveNX can help provide baselining and network data capture that is more easily migrated into NDP, if and when you’re ready. Also LiveNX’s topologies and visualizations are NDP enabled meaning we can continue to be your familiar workflow today and into the future.

LiveAction also recently introduced LiveNX Insight, which features analytics and machine intelligence learning that best complements the Cisco portfolio and helps you optimize your network experience today.

LiveAction, a network-focused software company, will help you manage your legacy gear while planning your advanced networks. Visit LiveAction.com for more and have a great Cisco Live USA 2017!

 

June 27, 2017

Author: Darren Kimura, Executive Chairman