Automation for VMware NSX

The age of the Software-Defined Data Center has arrived and along with it a revolution in the agility of a modern network. Many leading businesses and government agencies are virtualizing their networks with VMware NSX for their Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC) and Software Defined Network (SDN) environments. NSX virtualizes switching, routing, load balancing, and firewalls in a “network hypervisor” that enhances security and dramatically reduces provisioning time. All while adding flexibility and lowering operating costs.

Moving to and managing a SDDC does have its challenges however. Most IT organizations still use the same static spreadsheets and diagramming software to view, manage, make critical decisions for their environments, and store configuration data. A manual update process utilizing these static documents simply can’t support a rapidly changing and evolving SDDC. Furthermore, a manual management process allows for higher probability of network configuration errors, increases time to deployment, and is frequently an outdated view of the network. An agile Software-Defined Data Center requires an agile management and monitoring tool.

Introducing clTopus

SPJ Solutions introduces cITopus – Automation for NSX – Powerful and intuitive NSX deployment and management tool to support IT organizations with their NSX efforts. cITopus is a dynamic one-stop shop for your NSX environments; enabling the design, schedule, rapid deployment, management, and reporting on your network environment all in real-time.

cITopus provides Topology Based Deployment that requires only a few configuration items. cITopus automatically learns, and builds a live topography of your Software-Defined Data Center. Organizations can design and deploy new environments, or reverse-engineer and manage existing environments.

Rapid Deployment with cITopus Intuitive Network Creation

cITopus is far beyond a simple form based manual deployment tool. It provides with unprecedented automation. The cITopus Intuitive Network Creation (cINC) feature learns the entire data center including complete IP tables, BGP communities, OSPF adjacencies, deployed VM’s, and understands intuitively the hierarchy of configurations required to deploy a SDN in any environment. The advanced modeling engine of cITopus makes it possible to deploy templates with prebuilt Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) networks and High Availability (HA) clusters. Furthermore, an innovative Drag-Drop-Deploy feature automatically creates dependent network components and pre-assigns all device information reducing deployment times by up to 95%. With cITopus cINC functionality true rapid deployment is now possible while reducing human error, simplifying design, and reducing overhead by an order of magnitude.

How cITopus Works

After registering cITopus with your NSX Manager and vCenter, cITopus automatically discovers NSX and related vCenter constructs. cITopus then displays the network topology in a visual diagram with relationship mapping, node configuration boxes, and several choices of views, including a network view with red-yellow-green connectors relating to pre-defined network alerts.
cITopus automatically discovers, stores, and allows you to manage node interfaces and configuration data such as host and domain names, passwords, ports, and protocols. Changes are automatically synched to the network topology visualizations and sent to an audit file for reporting and version management.

Benefits of clTopus

  • Drastically reduces the time required to design, create, modify, deploy, and manage NSX environments:
    • Up to 97% reduction in time
    • Up to 97% reduction in deployment time
    • Up to 99.9% reduction creating and managing Configuration Workbook
  • Reducing human error and mistakes typical in manual configuration and administration.
  • Reducing human error and mistakes typical in manual configuration and administration.
  • NSX Real Time View (NRTV)-Automatically build and graphically display your network topology in real time. Reducing time, and replacing the need for drawing tools and spreadsheets.
  • Automatically document network nodes and relationships.
  • Automatically sync the visualization of your network topology with your actual network.
  • Automatically discover NSX and related vCenter constructs eliminating the need to manually correlate components.
  • Generate component configuration reports which are pulled directly from your network versus from spreadsheets which need to be updated manually
  • Advanced Modeling Engine that learns automatically learns IP tables, dynamic networks, deployed vm’s, and physical interfaces.
  • cITopus Intuitive Network Creation (cINC)-Rapid Deployment
    • Drag-Drop-Deploy automatically create, assign, configure, and deploy dependent network components
    • Templates for ECMP and HA networks complete with test end-point VM’s with all configuration information pre-defined.

Coming Soon!

  • cITopus Pre-Deployment Analyzer that scans the SDDC and provides a live-checklist of all configuration and installation items required before deploying NSX.
  • Create and manage network design versions to help administrators train staff, plan and design complex network changes or additions, and troubleshoot your network.
  • Configuration Control of the SDDC allows your network administration team to versionize your entire data center and have a clear view of the changes that have been implemented on the SDDC over time. This innovative and powerful feature can be utilized to roll-back minor changes to a network or even perform a Point-In-Time recovery of the SDDC.