About Action Orchestrator

Action Orchestrator is a powerful workflow automation and technology-agnostic cross-domain orchestration product. This orchestration platform easily binds Cisco products together and connects smoothly to third-party products and open-source solutions, providing a unified solution. The following designs are applicable to provide advanced automation:

  • Cloud native application with micro services running in containers help maintain a relatively lesser cloud footprint.

  • Available as a Service and can support multi-tenant and multi instance options.

  • For information on infrastructure requirements see Prepare Infrastructure.

  • For information on installation see Suite Installer 5.1 Home.

  • Can be embedded into other products and solutions. Here are two scenarios:

    • Action Orchestrator shall be embedded in one or more base or host Cisco applications (CloudCenter Suite) that provide GTM vehicles for the underlying platform and frameworks.

    • Other Cisco platforms and applications (NSO, MSX, DNAC, Webex Teams, and so forth.) may choose to use Action Orchestrator capabilities by embedding a Action Orchestrator automation framework; or by a loose or tight coupling with the Action Orchestrator.

Service-oriented Orchestration provides the agility to model and act on IT services. These features make creating orchestration active and dynamic, and allow for:

  • Defining new, higher-level services in the system, and deploy new services quickly.

  • In real-time, after these new types of services have been defined, creating real-time instances of those new services.

  • Using events to watch for patterns in these services, enabling policy-driven automation.

Service-oriented Orchestration combines several industry trends to synthesize a fresh approach to orchestration: 

  • Action Orchestrator provides fluid mechanisms to exchange service information with the CloudCenter Suite, advancing the integration of these systems.

  • The feature delivers many of the capabilities of object-oriented design and programming into the Run-Book-Automation (RBA) / IT Process Automation (ITPA) world. The shift from traditional orchestration to Service-Oriented Orchestration is similar to the shift from procedural to object-oriented programming. Today, virtually all programming is done with object-oriented languages, and object-oriented design has transformed the industry to higher levels of productivity and quality. Service-Oriented Orchestration holds the same promise.

  • The feature aligns to industry standards like the DMTF Common Information Model (CIM) and the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA).

  • Model-based automation is becoming popular via script-based tools, especially in the configuration management space. Action Orchestrator combines the capability to model services with the openness to integrate with these tools to leverage their strengths. Moreover, the feature allows model-driven orchestration atop legacy tools to bring the full power of model-driven approaches to integrate with other IT tools.

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