Cisco moves Catalyst, Nexus management to the cloud

Cisco is taking a big step toward cloud-management of both its Catalyst campus and Nexus data-center equipment.

At the Cisco Live customer event this week, the company rolled out two cloud-based management services that provide more options for enterprises to support hybrid workforces.

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Catalyst management in the cloud

The first service, Cloud Management for Cisco Catalyst, lets customers manage and troubleshoot Catalyst 9000 switching and wireless campus and branch devices from the company’s cloud-based Meraki dashboard, which can manage and troubleshoot a wide variety of devices and networks from a single screen. According to Cisco, Catalyst customers can run a CLI command with information about their organization, and it will move management of that device over to the Meraki cloud.

In the future Cisco will bring additional Catalyst wired and wireless devices fully under cloud monitoring and management, said Chris Stori, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Networking Experiences group. “The main message is simplicity—we are offering a more unified and simplified management experience across Cisco, but in particular for campus and access networking,” Stori said. 

Cisco customers who want on-premises Catalyst management have two options. They can continue using DNA Center, the company’s core on-premises management package, or the new DNA Center Virtual Appliance that runs as a VMware ESXi instance in private data centers or as a virtual machine in public-cloud platforms such as AWS. The virtual appliance in

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