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Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)

What is Cisco NSO?

Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) is a software platform designed to automate and orchestrate network services across physical and virtual infrastructure. It acts as a central hub, simplifying service delivery and management by bridging the gap between applications and network devices.

How does NSO work?

NSO uses a model-driven approach, where network services are defined and managed through a graphical interface or code. This model-driven approach enables:

  • Rapid Service Deployment: Services can be designed and deployed quickly and consistently, eliminating manual configuration errors.
  • Centralized Management: Network administrators can manage all services from a single point of control, improving operational efficiency.
  • Visibility and Control: NSO provides a holistic view of the network and enables fine-grained control over service behavior.

Benefits of using NSO:

  • Reduced Operational Costs: NSO can automate routine tasks and improve operational efficiency, leading to cost savings.
  • Faster Service Delivery: Services can be deployed and provisioned quickly, improving time-to-market and user experience.
  • Improved Network Agility: NSO enables dynamic service changes and adaptations, making the network more responsive to changing business needs.
  • Reduced Risk of Errors: Model-driven approach minimizes manual configuration errors, improving network stability and reliability.

Who uses NSO?

NSO is used by organizations of all sizes in various industries, including:

  • Service Providers: Streamline service delivery and manage complex network infrastructures.
  • Enterprises: Automate network operations and improve service delivery for internal users.
  • Cloud Providers: Automate service provisioning and manage multi-tenant cloud environments.

What will you learn here?

This page will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Cisco NSO, including:

  • Fundamentals: Learn the core concepts of NSO, its architecture, and key features.
  • Model-Driven Design: Understand how to design and manage network services using NSO models.
  • Workflow Automation: Explore how to automate repetitive tasks and complex workflows with NSO.
  • Integration with other tools: Learn how to integrate NSO with other tools and automation platforms.
  • Best Practices: Find valuable tips and best practices for implementing NSO effectively in your network.

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We hope this page serves as a helpful guide on your journey to explore the power of Cisco NSO and transform your network operations for the better!