|By Business Wire||
|May 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT||
At Cisco Live 2014, Embrane,® the leader in delivering application-centric network services today announced that it will be offering lifecycle management for virtual network service delivered within Cisco ACI™. The company also announced plans for integrating the Embrane Elastic Services Manager (ESM) with the Cisco® Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
In addition to offering its own firewall and load balancer services on the platform, Embrane will now automate the lifecycle management for its growing ecosystem of partners, including Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance ASAv and SourceFire virtual appliances, as well as the newest ACI ecosystem partners, A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) and its vThunder virtual appliance and Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS) and its Netscaler VPX and Netscaler 1000v.
“The demand for increased agility and automation are two of the biggest drivers for building a cloud experience in the data center,” said Soni Jiandani, senior vice president of marketing, Cisco. “The integration of Embrane, ACI and our ecosystem of third-party Layer 4-7 network services partners is integral to delivering full automation of IT services across physical and virtual environments, with secure multi-tenancy at scale. Together, we are uniquely positioned to offer lifecycle and policy management in one holistic architecture and with investment protection.”
Virtual appliance lifecycle management is a critical requirement when creating a virtual network infrastructure as it automates dozens of otherwise manual steps required to license, create, deploy and maintain virtual appliances. By leveraging the Embrane heleos platform and the Embrane heleos Elastic Services Manager (ESM), customers can dedicate A10 vThunder, Cisco ASAv, Citrix Netscaler VPX and Citrix Netscaler 1000v and Sourcefire virtual appliances as needed for any application or tenant. As the premier lifecycle management solution for virtual appliances, Embrane heleos provisions virtual network services instances in minutes, automatically inserts them in the network, enables self-healing high availability (HA), and automates the licensing and usage monitoring for each virtual appliance.
“Increasing levels of agility should not add complexity and operational costs,” added Bill Burns, Embrane president and chief executive officer. “Together with Cisco and partners such as Citrix and A10, we give the network team the tools they need to lower their operational expenses through zero-touch automation of key steps necessary to deliver and manage virtual Layer 4-7 network services.”
For enterprises and services providers, the most notable use cases for ACI with virtual network services are where automation and multi-tenancy is key. These include private/public/hybrid cloud, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), self-service dev/test labs, and disaster recovery. When deploying virtual network services in ACI, customers not only get on-demand delivery of dedicated network services to applications or tenants, they get the ultimate visibility for quick troubleshooting and problem resolution. The end result is the ability to non-disruptively adapt to business changes, simplified operations and significant cost savings.
“Citrix NetScaler with TriScale technology provides multi-tenant ADC services within the largest public and private clouds in the world,” stated Morgan Gerhart, Senior Director of Products of Citrix. “NetScaler integration with Cisco ACI and the Embrane virtual lifecycle management solution gives enterprises and service providers the ultimate solution for highly automated, application-centric infrastructures.”
“A10 Networks vThunder virtual appliances operate on our core ACOS platform, providing high-performance and API-driven programmability to integrate within cloud orchestrated vendor ecosystems,” said Jason Matlof, A10 Networks vice president of marketing. “Participating as an ecosystem partner with Cisco ACI and the Embrane Lifecycle Management Platform gives our customers a services platform to achieve flexibility and business agility, while lowering operating and capital expenses.”
About Embrane Lifecycle Management
In addition to managing the lifecycle of potentially hundreds of Embrane or third-party dedicated virtual appliances from a single point, the Embrane heleos ESM adds even greater functionality and automation to virtual network services including:
- Automated Licensing– The ESM manages all of the licensing for each instance of a network service, regardless of the service or the vendor. Using the ESM, customers select the size of a service to deploy and the ESM automatically pulls the appropriate license from a pre-purchased pool of licenses and assigns it to the service. For Embrane services it’s even easier as the ESM only cares about the aggregate throughput of all of the services associated with load balancing or firewalls.
- Centralized Billing – The ESM tracks the usage data of each instance and reports it. Enterprises can then institute a chargeback program internally, while service providers can begin to monetize network services by charging their customers as appropriate.
- Park/Unpark – when a network service is no longer needed for a particular application, the ESM will power down the virtual appliance, release its resources from the virtual appliance, park it and save the layout, configuration, logs, etc. When/if the virtual appliance is needed, the ESM will non-disruptively add compute power back to the appliance and reinstate it.
- Cloning – if a network service needs to be replicated, the ESM creates duplicate network services with the exact image, layout and start-up configuration as the original.
- Self-Healing HA – When HA is requested, a single click tells the ESM to create active/standby HA pairs. In the event the active appliance goes offline, the standby appliance becomes the active device and the ESM automatically creates a new standby appliance to ensure continued redundancy.
- Programmability – The ESM leverages RESTful APIs that enable integration with new or existing tools, while enabling high levels of automation.
To see live demos of Embrane virtual appliance lifecycle management in action with the Cisco APIC, Citrix Netscaler VPX and Citrix Netscaler 1000v, A10 vThunder, Cisco ASAv and Sourcefire virtual appliances please visit any of the following locations at Cisco Live:
- Embrane Booth #2423
- The Data Center technology zone on the Cisco Campus
- The Cisco Investment Pavilion Booth #929
Related Blogs and Video:
Read Embrane blog: When Vision Becomes Reality
Read Jason Blank’s blog: ACI Ecosystem: Introduction to an Open Ecosystem, L4-L7 device packages, and Embrane integration!
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Embrane is the leading enabler of application-centric network services, including firewalls, VPNs, load balancers and SSL offload engines. The company’s solutions enable customers to create network services on per application basis in seconds, all managed from a single orchestration engine. The result is greater security, and faster time to deployment for applications. Additionally, customers achieve over 50 percent savings in CAPEX and OPEX compared to integrated hardware-based systems and traditional virtual appliance offerings. These solutions are purpose-built for enterprises and service providers looking to design data centers where agility and automation are priorities, including private/hybrid/public cloud environments.
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