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Containers key as Cisco looks to "open" data center OS

Jim Duffy | Sept. 9, 2015
NX-OS Linux utility vital for easily spun up DevOps microservices .

“Cisco sees libnetwork as a critical point of integration that will allow the networking giant to pursue a number of data center networking opportunities,” says Casemore. “Foremost among them is the opportunity to deliver a manageable, scalable infrastructure – comprising UCS servers, Nexus switches and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – that will be optimized for container-based microservices. Cisco also sees potential in developing ACI-based policy frameworks around application and operational intent for Docker microservices, in helping customers deploy Docker applications alongside their existing environments and tools and in assisting companies with organizational changes that will allow them to derive full benefit from Docker-based microservices.”

Vendors are also looking to create an audit trail for containers that would show when and where containers are delivered, and their content. It might also include information about who produced the container, the container’s products and components -- for license management -- and certifications.


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