Cisco + Puppet

Cisco network hardware is incredibly powerful and complex. Most infrastructures have a team of specialists to handle the configuration and ongoing maintenance of this equipment. But siloing this team away from the rest of your IT department causes operational inefficiencies that lead to increased costs, consistency concerns, and dramatically reduced velocity.

As the speed of business increases every year, the resistance to change that these inefficiencies cause becomes more and more of a blocker. Read more about using Puppet to mitigate this friction on our network device integration page.

Puppet offers two supported modules to manage Cisco devices the same way you manage the rest of your infrastructure. They do not replace your team of Cisco experts, but allow them to use the same tools, languages, and deployment pipelines as other teams, dramatically improving collaboration.

The Cisco IOS devices module provides the ability to manage Cisco Catalyst switches from the 6500, 2960, 4507, 3750, and 4948 families with easy and agentless automation for networking and application deployments. Networking teams can use Puppet to manage components of their infrastructure, reducing the hours spent in manual configuration, testing, and service downtime.

The native NX-OS Puppet agent for Nexus 9000, 7000, 6000, 5000, and 3000 switches enables network administrators to automate Day One, Day Two, and Day Three operations simply by specifying the desired state of the network in Puppet code, using the Cisco Puppet module available on the Puppet Forge.

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