(Authored by Avni Baveja, Software Engineer, Cisco Data Center Group)

Simple is rarely a word used to describe Data center or Campus networks. Network operators and administrators are often bogged down by the complexity of network design and related configuration. Cisco has an innovative solution that simplifies setting up load balancer devices. Network services like load balancers now use Remote Integrated Service Engine(RISE) on Nexus switches.  RISE enables simplified provisioning and configuration through automatic discovery and bootstrap of Citrix NetScaler Appliances.

The innovative Cisco RISE technology tightly couples external service appliances, such as the Citrix NetScaler ADC, to Cisco Nexus 7000,6000,5000,7700 Series Switches, enabling more efficient and flexible delivery for network services. Automatic discovery and bootstrap reduce administrator involvement for Appliance implementations from 30 steps to 8 steps: creating the port channel, allowing the control and data VLANs, and enabling desired Cisco RISE features on the Cisco Nexus Series Switch. RISE eliminates the need to physically connect a serial cable to configure the device through a console cable.

RISE is available on Citrix Netscaler MPX,VPX and SDX and Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module.

   Three  Simple  Steps to Configure RISE

  1. Interconnect the Citrix NetScaler with the Nexus Switch
  2. Create port-channel & set vlan(layer 2 ) configuration
  3. Create a RISE service using CLI or DCNM

Cisco RISE integrates Citrix NetScaler as a service module within the Cisco Nexus 7000, 7700,5K,6K switch, even though it remains a physically separate device. Architecturally, this virtual service module arrangement is enabled by embedded intelligent services that securely integrate the control planes of the Citrix NetScaler ADC and Cisco Nexus Series Switches.

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