Cisco emboldens its disaggregation strategy
The notion of disaggregation — separating the operating system and applications from the underlying hardware — has always been a conundrum for Cisco. In a nutshell, why would the company risk losing all of the millions of dollars in development and the key networking features tied up in current Cisco hardware and software packages? But in the new world of all-things software in which Cisco plans to be king, the disaggregation strategy is gaining momentum.
This week the company took things a step further in announcing a variety of disaggregation steps enterprise and service provider customers could be interested in.
For the enterprise Cisco bolstered its IOS XE software with modeling software called Cisco Validated Design (CVD) Configuration Management Templates for IOS XE which automates Cisco reference design deployment through the use of declarative configurations, the company said.
“The templates provided in this repository let users provision portions of various CVDs. One such example is leveraging popular open source configuration management tools to drive declarative configuration, reducing ‘fat finger’ mistakes that can be made from transcribing documentation into device configuration,” Cisco said.
IOS XE is Cisco’s Linux-based operating system that Cisco says can be run in multivendor virtualized environments.