Users can integrate Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) controller with LiveNX application. APIC-EM is a Cisco software-defined networking (SDN) controller designed to orchestrate and manage Cisco LAN and WAN devices. LiveNX retrieves network inventory information and device metadata from APIC-EM.
“The APIC-EM IWAN Application guides successful Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) deployments through automation directed by a highly intuitive, policy-based interface that helps IT abstract network complexity and design for business intent. Business policy becomes network configuration at the speed of now with Cisco SDN solution. IWAN App automatically builds, deploys, updates and monitors network devices and configurations, accelerating the transition to hybrid WAN, and quickly realizing the benefits of lowered WAN transport costs while increasing available usable throughput, simplified IT, increased security, and optimized application performance based directly on business outcomes (*).”
* This section was taken from the Cisco-Dclud apic-em-iwan-app-lab documentation.
APIC-EM Integration and Device Learning
To add the APIC-EM Controller, click on the APIC-EM Management button.
It opens the following credentials page, where you enter the APIC-EM controller Hostname, username, and password.
Once it is saved, the user can click on the discover devices.
Click Discover to add the devices in the APIC-EM device list.
Click on a right arrow to expand one of the listings. Information includes the site, the IP mappings, and the interfaces.
Close the details and select all devices. Click Add Devices. This automatically adds the devices into the LiveNX listing. From the menu, select Main > Devices to show that the device inventory is now full of all the devices being managed by LiveNX.
The Java Client will also show the devices discovered from the APIC-EM integration.