Cloud-based Application Slashes Enterprise Network Deployment Complexity, Expertise Level Required for Ongoing Lifecycle Management
Using only English-language commands – no programming skills are required to operate Nymble – Nymble users can do everything from activating dozens of switches at the push of a button to running inventory; turning up VLANs and MLAG; and performing health checks of all the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) devices in an enterprise access network.
Nymble is an intelligent system. It will not blindly overwrite a switch’s NOS for a code update if it finds the update is already running on a particular switch, for example. Nymble is also agentless, so requires no additional software to be loaded onto white box switches or servers.
Now included as part of all commercial versions of PICOS, Nymble’s four basic functional components comprise:
- Configuration Manager
- Image Manager
- License Manager and
- Automation Manager
The Configuration Manager is a GUI-based utility that allows PICOS users to define a standard – aka “golden” – configuration to be deployed across all the access and campus switches in a network, along with accommodating any required regional or site-specific variations. Image Manager allows users to upload and maintain multiple PICOS image files for each switch model in their network.
The License Manager performs the multitude of functions needed to maintain large numbers of geographically dispersed access switches. It remotely performs initial license installs and automatic updates to licenses nearing expiration. It also generates a full inventory report of all the installed switches in the network.
Lastly, the Automation Manager stitches all the pieces together to fully automate the entire process of switch/network discovery; code updating; configuration and license installation; and switch activation.
“There’s only one possible networking paradigm that large enterprises can adopt to successfully respond to the ever-growing deluge of data, cloud services and device types roiling the access edges of their campus networks today. That is to move network intelligence and decision making directly into their powerful access network switching infrastructure, which is where all the turmoil is actually happening, and then manage it with easy-to-use, cloud-based management tools,” said Jeff Paine, SVP, Marketing for Pica8. “Nymble, and PicaPilotTM, the switch orchestration application we launched last year, collectively represent the first phase of how we intend to execute this intelligent, automated networking paradigm on behalf of our customers.”
“Powerful, open networking white box and brite box switches are also the logical hardware ‘host’ for these simplified, automated, intelligent networking rollouts. They have the all the switching silicon, CPU power, memory, and PoE capabilities needed to create a viable, self-running intelligent network,” said Paine. “Alternatives, such as WiFi access points, are simply not spec’d for this kind of heavy lifting and also cannot deal with the rapid growth of PoE devices at the enterprise access edge. For example, Gartner estimates that some 20 percent of projected IoT devices will be PoE connected and powered.”
The Nymble automation framework is currently available and is included with all versions of PICOS at no extra cost.
To learn more, visit Pica8’s booth #941 at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, April 29-May 1.
Pica8 was first to market with a modern, disaggregated open networking alternative to tightly coupled legacy Ethernet switches when it released its Linux-based network operating system (NOS), PICOS®, running on a wide variety white box and brite box ODM switches. Today, with well over 1,000 customers in 40+ countries, Pica8 – also the inventor of Open Intent-Based Networking — is the leading provider of highly automated, intelligent access-edge and campus open networking solutions for large global enterprises. These solutions can be ordered directly from Pica8, from Dell EMC field sales, or through a variety of other global partners. For more information, visit www.pica8.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on LinkedIn or on Twitter @pica8.
Holly Hagerman, Connect Marketing – (801) 368-6928
Jeff Paine, SVP Marketing, Pica8 – (650) 575-4037