REDUCE NETWORKING MANAGEMENT COMPLEXITY & INCREASE NETWORK EFFICIENCY

  • ThinkAgile

    Lenovo ThinkAgile Network Orchestrator

    Software Defined Automation for Maximum Simplicity, Accuracy, and Uptime

    The Network Orchestrator is a standard feature included with each Lenovo CNOS based ToR RackSwitch product.  The RackSwitch operating system (CNOS) and Nutanix Prism / VMware vSphere have been engineered to work together to provide the following benefits to improve your data center networking efficiency.

    Simplify VM Administration

    • Discovers topology and detects virtual changes
    • Dynamically configures VLANs
    • All controlled from the Prism / vSphere Graphic User Interface

    Reduce Opex and Error

    • Reduced maintenance and errors
    • Eliminate manual recurring CLI VLAN updates
    • Eliminate most inter-departmental information handoffs

    Limit Network Interruptions

    • No connection interruption during VLAN moves
    • No maintenance window required

    Eliminate the need to configure unused VLANs

    • Improve Network Security - Eliminate visibility of broadcast and multicast traffic on unused VLANs
    • Reduce port traffic load - Optimize server performance

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    Lenovo ThinkAgile Network Orchestrator for Nutanix

     
     

  • VMware

    VMware Management Plugins for vRealize* and vSphere* NSX / VXLAN

    NSX is a VMware virtualized network platform that offers the operational model of a virtual machine over a network. Virtual networks function in a similar way to virtual machines for computers. VMware NSX builds virtual networks inside software, providing a full set of networking services, such as logical switching, routing, firewall, load balancing, VPN, quality of service (QoS), and monitoring.

    Network virtualization gateway support is now available on:

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1032 RackSwitch
    • Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1032T RackSwitch
    • Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1072T RackSwitch
    • Lenovo ThinkSystem NE10032 RackSwitch
    • Lenovo ThinkSystem NE2572 RackSwitch
    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8272
    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8296
    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8332

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    Lenovo Support for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

    Lenovo Networking Plug-In for VMware vRealize Orchestrator enables you to:

    • Reduce new service delivery time on RackSwitch and Flex System networking devices
    • Leverage a comprehensive library of Lenovo Networking workflows and actions capturing network configuration best practices for rapid service orchestration
    • Implement more Lenovo switch configuration activity through vRealize Orchestrator and vCenter with less reliance upon native switch interfaces

    Solution Brief: VMware vRealize Orchestrator

    Solution Brief: Integrated Virtualization Solutions from Lenovo Networking and VMware

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    Lenovo Support for VMware vRealize Log Insight

    Lenovo Networking Content Pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight enables you to:

    • Increase network reliability by allowing system or network administrators to monitor networks that feature Lenovo branded RackSwitch or Flex System switches
    • Gain access to extremely detailed switch log entries to facilitate deep insights into the network status
    • Reduce initial provisioning time of Log Insight by using the 9 prebuilt dashboards and 12 predefined alarms featured in the pack

    Solution Brief: VMware vRealize Log Insight

    Solution Brief: Integrated Virtualization Solutions from Lenovo Networking and VMware

    Download the Plug-In

    *Lenovo plugins are free; however, applications require a license purchased from the vendor.

  • OpenStack

    OpenStack Plugins for Neutron* Dynamic Network VM Provisioning

    To enable rapid deployment of new services, Lenovo has developed an OpenStack Neutron plug-in that enables dynamic VLAN automation for Lenovo Networking Switches in an OpenStack Data Center Deployment.

    The Lenovo Networking Plug-In for OpenStack Neutron enables you to:

    • Manage all Lenovo Networking resources from a single dashboard
    • Provide seamless virtual machine mobility across the infrastructure with dynamic provisioning
    • Deploy a commercially developed and tested driver for networking equipment that provides the assurance of a reliable and scalable OpenStack infrastructure
    • Implement dynamic configuration of Layer 2 networks to reliably handle network connectivity of virtual workloads

    Learn more: OpenStack Open Source

    *Lenovo plugins are free; however, applications require a license purchased from the vendor.

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  • Network DevOps

    DevOps Automation Plugins to Reduce OPEX and Simplify Network Operations - Ansible, Chef*, Puppet*

    Enable collaboration and continuous automation across your infrastructure, applications, and compliance for all your apps and infrastructure.

    Lenovo Networking Development Toolkit for Chef

    Networking Development Toolkit for Chef provides a set of recipes and resources for automating Lenovo CNOS switch configurations. The toolkit allows for configuration of Lenovo switches using the Chef agent running externally on a Linux Server (Redhat or Ubuntu).
    The toolkit provides functionalities such as software and configuration management for deployment of new network devices as well as ongoing maintenance and change management for existing network devices. The toolkit is freely given as open source code for automating Lenovo CNOS switch configurations using Chef.

    The following is a list of Chef recipes currently available for Lenovo CNOS switches:

    • configUpload – This recipe uploads configuration to the switches.
    • configDownload – This recipe downloads configuration to the switches. The same configuration can be edited/modified and uploaded back using the configUpload recipe.
    • VLAN – This recipe manages the VLAN (create/delete) provisioning on the switch.
    • vlanIntf – This recipe provides the management of VLAN properties for Ethernet and port-channel interfaces.
    • ipIntf – This recipe provides the management of IP interfaces.

    More Chef recipes are in development.
    Lenovo Support will handle questions on a best effort basis and recommends the Chef Supermarket for community interaction.

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    Lenovo Networking Development Toolkit for Puppet

    Puppet’s products give you continuous discovery and automation across your entire software delivery lifecycle.

    The Lenovo Networking Development Toolkit for Puppet provide a set of types and providers for automating Lenovo CNOS switch configuration. The modules allow for configuration of Lenovo RackSwitch switches running CNOS software using a Puppet agent running externally on a Linux Server (Redhat or Ubuntu).

    The modules provide functionality such as software and configuration management for deployment of new network devices as well as ongoing maintenance and change management of existing network devices. The modules are freely given as open source code for automating Lenovo CNOS switch configurations using Puppet.

    The following is a list of modules currently available for Lenovo Switches:

    • cnos_arp – This type and provider is to manage ARP
    • cnos_arp_sys – This type and provider is to manage ARP system properties
    • cnos_telemetry – This type and provider is to manage telemetry BST feature
    • cnos_telemetry_track – This type and provider is to manage telemetry
    • cnos_vlan – This type and provider is to manage VLANs
    • cnos_ip_intf – This type and provider is to manage IP interface properties
    • cnos_lacp – This type and provider is to manage LACP properties
    • cnos_lag – This type and provider is to manage LAG Properties
    • cnos_vlag – This type and provider is to manage vLAG Properties
    • cnos_vrrp – This type and provider is to manage VRRP
    • cnos_sys – This type and provider is to manage system properties

    More modules are in development.
    Lenovo Support will handle questions on a best effort basis and recommends the Puppet Community Portal for user interaction.

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    RubyGEMs

    The RubyGems software allows you to easily download, install, and use ruby software packages on your system. The software package is called a “gem” which contains a packaged Ruby application or library.

    RubyGems are the interface between Chef and Puppet to Lenovo CNOS switches. Lenovo provides Ruby classes and methods specifically for CNOS management.

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    Ansible

    Lenovo enables support for Ansible’s open source DevOps tool to automate configuration management of your Lenovo network devices. Utilizing Ansible’s easy to use interface and powerful automation framework users can rapidly deploy, configure, and provide continuous management of the network infrastructure.

    Lenovo’s integration with Ansible:

    • Enables network agility – integrating network management with compute systems and application delivery for end-to-end management that can rapidly respond to changes in datacenter
    • Accelerates provisioning of network infrastructure – enabling faster deployment of network devices using Lenovo’s best practices
    • Increases IT efficiency – using modules to automate time-consuming tasks, reduce errors, and provide network consistency
    • Simplifies network management – masking the network complexity using standard automation language that is common across the datacenter

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    *Lenovo plugins are free; however, applications require a license purchased from the vendor.


  • Management

    Dorado Software Cruz Operations Center

    Automate Data Center and Network Operations of Converging Infrastructures

    Cruz Operations Center (CruzOC), from Dorado Software, is an umbrella management solution that gives administrators a single console to control and automate their data center and network operations. CruzOC is a powerfully simple and scalable solution to discover, configure, monitor, and automate multi-vendor hybrid cloud and network infrastructures including: compute, storage, network, virtual, mobile, CPE, IOT, and environmental elements – all from one pane-of-glass. In addition to Lenovo, CruzOC manages infrastructure from hundreds of other manufacturers.

    Key Features:

    • Customizable dashboards
    • Performance monitoring
    • Configuration file management
    • Change/Compliance management
    • Firmware/OS management & deployment
    • Automated network topology
    • Reporting
    • Traffic flow analysis
    • Customer self-care (multi-tenancy)
    • Network and DevOps automation
    • Actions (scripting)
    • Open API integration

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    Lenovo Network Advisor for Splunk

    Lenovo Network Advisor is a no charge-application created by Lenovo that works with Splunk to collect Network Telemetry data from Lenovo CNOS switches to provide visualization, analysis and search for seamless network operations and troubleshooting.

    Key features:

    • Traffic statistics and performance
    • Network health status
    • Port congestion and buffer utilization
    • Critical network alerts summary

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    Ganglia Monitoring System

    Ganglia is a BSD-licensed open-source distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems, such as clusters and grids.

    Lenovo Telemetry Analytics Tool: Ganglia Plugins

    Network telemetry support from Lenovo CNOS switches to the Ganglia Monitoring System for the following use cases:

    1. Congestion detection. Provide in-depth insights on network congestion at various stages including device, interface and traffic type along with class-of-service.
    2. Data center planning. Identify network bandwidth requirement by long-term monitoring of switch hardware resource utilization.
    3. Streaming telemetry. Streaming telemetry providing real time monitoring data with asynchronous reporting. Provides REST APIs to support latest cloud data center and analytics eco-system.

    Note: Telemetry Analytics Tool: Ganglia Plugins requires the Ganglia Monitoring System version 3.7.2.

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  • XClarity

    Lenovo XClarity Administrator - Manage Your Lenovo Data Center

    XClarity manages Lenovo data center products centrally with device discovery, alarm reporting and key configuration and control functionality. XClarity features for Lenovo networking include:

    Hardware provisioning and lifecycle management
    1 Auto-discovery and asset management

    Simplified setup of management system
    Centralized visualization of summary and detailed system status and asset information including warranty

    2 Real-time monitoring and fault handling

    Forward alerts and notifications to individuals and/or external IT applications for event consolidation

    Predictive Failure Analytics proactive identification of impending hardware faults

    Automatically call home and open service tickets with Support

    3 Policy-based firmware updates

    Centrally define, apply, and track firmware level policies

    Immediately get notified when systems deviate from policies

    4 Configuration backup and restore Centrally store and manage switch configurations
    5 Port control Centrally turn switch ports on and off
    6 Switch control Centrally reset switch
    Security
    1 External LDAP integration Authenticate users with Microsoft Active Directory Server
    2 External SAMLE identity provider integration Authenticate users with Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services for single-sign on and multi-factor authentication
    3 NIST and FIPS-142 compliance Enable even stronger encryption with managed endpoints
    4 Encapsulation Establish a tamper-proof audit trail of user activity
    Integration
    1 REST APIs and Integrators

    Extend standardized data center management processes to infrastructure

    Accelerate delivery of resources, transform resources into services, reduce wasted time and missed hand-offs

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