Zenoss Achieves Cisco Compatibility Certification
September 28, 2015
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The Zenoss Service Assurance Version 5.0 has successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) Version 1.0.

The Cisco APIC is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric, providing centralized access to all fabric information, optimizing the application lifecycle for scale and performance, and supporting flexible application provisioning across physical and virtual resources. As a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Zenoss is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value for customers deploying ACI.

Zenoss for Cisco ACI software delivers application-centric IT operations monitoring for the software-defined data center. Cisco ACI defines tenant and application needs, and Zenoss software delivers service impact and root-cause analysis unified across the network, computing, virtualization, and storage resources in the infrastructure.

Zenoss for Cisco ACI uses the business definitions of tenants, applications, endpoint groups, and contracts to build an end-to-end live model of your data center. The Zenoss live model identifies the specific infrastructure components used by each application and correlates the network health, key performance indicators (KPIs), faults, and events for each ACI tenant and application to identify the root cause of performance and availability problems.

Zenoss for Cisco ACI offers these primary benefits:

- Operations Agility. The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) simplifies automation with an application-based policy model, while Zenoss software keeps IT operations synchronized with centralized visibility.

- Reduced Time-to-Repair. Automated network provisioning from Cisco reduces overhead and errors, and quantitative root-cause analytics from Zenoss reduces the mean time to repair problems.

- Increased Effifiency. Zenoss policy-based monitoring and analysis is simpler to define and maintain when promoted by consistent application policies based on Cisco ACI.

- Application Visibility. Zenoss extends the application policy model of ACI to include computing, storage, and virtualization to provide an end-to-end view of application infrastructure.

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Solution Partner, Zenoss, Inc. offers a complementary product offering and has started to collaborate with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers.

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