Orchestration and Operation of Containers in Cisco IOS-XE, IOS-XR and NX-OS, 1st edition

  • Yogesh Ramdoss
  • Nagendra Kumar Nainar


By containerizing applications and network services, you can achieve unprecedented levels of network agility and efficiency. Cisco IOS-XE, IOS-XR, and NX-OS Architecture have been augmented with compute virtualization capabilities to accommodate both native and third-party container hosting, empowering organizations to containerize and instantiate any application or network service. Direct from Cisco, Containers in Cisco IOS-XE, IOS-XR, and NX-OS: Orchestration and Operation is the complete guide to deploying and operating “containerized” application and network services in Cisco platforms.

The authors begin by reviewing the virtualization and containerization concepts network professionals need to know, and introducing today’s leading orchestration tools. Next, they take a deep dive into container networking, introducing Cisco architectural support for container infrastructures. You’ll find modular coverage of characteristics, configuration, and operations for each key Cisco software platform: IOS-XE, IOS-XR, and NX-OS. A full chapter on developer tools and resources shows how to build container images with Docker, and introduces Cisco’s toolkits, APIs, NX-SDK or Open Access Containers (OAC), telemetry, Nexus Data Broker, management tools, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, and more. The authors conclude with multiple use cases, showing how users in diverse markets can drive value with containers.

Table of contents

Part I: Virtualization and Containers
1. Introduction to Virtualization
2. Virtualization and Cisco
3. Container Orchestration and Management
4. Container Networking Concepts

Part II: Container Deployment and Operation in Cisco Products
5. Container Orchestration in Cisco IOS-XE Platforms
6. Container Orchestration in Cisco IOS-XR Platforms
7. Container Orchestration in Cisco NX-OS Platforms
8. Developer Tools and Resources
9. Container Deployment Use Cases

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Published by Cisco Press (August 11th 2020) - Copyright © 2020