Cisco engineers are working to bring the network manager to market, but what exactly are the tools they are developing and how does the toolstack compare to Cisco’s existing offerings?
We spoke to Cisco engineering lead Andrew Johnson, who gave us a quick tour of the tools that will be part of Cisco’s upcoming network manager, including a toolkit for network engineers to test network manager software for vulnerabilities and issues.
The Cisco Network Manager Toolkit is designed to help Cisco engineers and network administrators assess network performance and manage network resources.
The Cisco Network Management Center will also help network managers to identify, diagnose, and resolve network problems.
Cisco’s network manager will be available to network administrators through the Cisco Networking Suite, a suite of tools designed to make managing networks easy.
The toolkit includes Cisco’s Networking Framework, a network management suite, Cisco’s Linux Kernel and Cisco’s networking tools, Cisco Network Security Toolkit, Cisco Unified Security Manager, Cisco Security Manager Core, and Cisco Security Monitor.
As Johnson explained, the Cisco network manager has been designed for the end user, not Cisco engineers.
“Our goal is to get Cisco to market with the Cisco networking tools and to make the Cisco networks easier to manage,” Johnson said.
“Our goal was to provide Cisco engineers a toolset that they could use to do real network monitoring and troubleshooting.”
As Cisco is building its network manager tools, Johnson said the toolkit will also be used by Cisco’s engineers to help them identify, identify, and fix network issues.
“Cisco has a large customer base that uses the Cisco routers and switches, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t just take that and put it into the toolset for all the Cisco customers,” he said.
“This toolset is not designed for Cisco engineers to just install it.”
Johnson also said that the Cisco toolkit should be able to identify and fix issues that may be impacting the performance of the network, such as network traffic drops, congestion, and slowdowns.
“The Cisco network toolkit has some capabilities that are very helpful for Cisco and we want to provide that to our customers,” Johnson explained.
“We will be able also to help our customers identify and resolve issues with Cisco routers that are not necessarily network related.”
Cisco is testing the Cisco NMW toolkit with Cisco engineers in an effort to get the tool in the hands of engineers as quickly as possible.
“When we are testing the tool, we are trying to make it as easy as possible for Cisco to provide it to Cisco engineers,” Johnson noted.
The Cisco NMO toolkit is expected to be available for testing later this year.”
You have to make this toolset as easy to deploy as possible, and that means that the tool kit is available to Cisco to enable our engineers to do their jobs as quickly and as easily as possible.”
The Cisco NMO toolkit is expected to be available for testing later this year.