The UCS and ACI Better Together tool (B2G) is a Cisco UCS tool that enables the use of Cisco UCS Manager and the Cisco Application Programmable Infrastructure Controller in a coordinated fashion. The B2G provides a method to interconnect the physical UCS server domain with an ACI fabric and optimize many day-to-day functions. This tool also supports emulated environments, where you can have the UCSPE alongside the APIC simulator appliance, or to a real APIC system with no real UCS system. There are discreet workflows included to show how having a deeply programmatic environment on each of these architectures, contributes to a far greater value when brought together. This tool also offers a great level of detail around methods to programmatically interact with both the UCS XML API, and the APIC JSON API – to enable the knowledge to expand and customize or bring into other toolsets as a training aid.
This is a multithreaded php program that provides an over the top tool which enhances the overall user experience between UCS computing platforms and ACI fabrics. The program bridges the 2 data management engines (DME) between the UCS and ACI to help streamline some of the common operational use cases. When a user completes a configuration task on one system, through event notifications the tool will execute a set of API calls to the peered system to complete the configuration task at hand.
The tool is currently limited to a single UCS managed system and it also works with multiple C-series servers in standalone (CIMC) mode. The tool is a work in process, and can be further enhanced to meet ones needs.
The current use cases that this tool covers are:
Auto formation of a vPC between the UCS domain and the peer ACI leaf nodes
VMM (Vmware) domain encompassing ESX hosts within a UCSM domain – VLAN or VXLAN backed with vShield
UCSM blade server bare metal installation
Auto matching of the UCS SPAN destination, to the ACI leaf SPAN source instance
Auto formation of linkages from standalone CIMC managed UCS rack servers – connected to ACI leafs
NOTE: This is in its early stages and is being actively worked. However it does provide a good tool to show case the power of the programmability for UCS and ACI.
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