Modernize your IT infrastructure and simplify deployment with Lumos.

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Lumos Consulting, Inc. offers strategic IT advisory services to help increase your digital capacity and network infrastructure capabilities.

ACI Deployment

Innovate with Lumos

Lumos is an agile, deft group of world-class system architects that have been strategically assembled to assist you in adapting to one of the most rapidly changing times in recent technology history. We are here to help you with the fundamental shift in processes and architectures from well-known traditional (legacy) way of IT, to a modern, agile, DevOps-focused shop. Not only to help with what most folks in the industry consider ‘DevOps’ – meaning technology or simply reduced to ‘tools’, but more so from a fundamental culture perspective – meaning people and process.

Utilizing our demonstrated philosophy, we give key, strategic direction to our clients providing design, implementation and migration paths.  Embracing a micro services application architecture, with a macro view of the business, our architects were all hand-chosen based on both their fundamental understanding of every aspect of a modern, business-outcome focused IT organization, along with each member’s strategic niche expertise they bring to the group as a whole. This includes expertise in:

Apart from having the technical credentials, Lumos takes a personal approach to our strategic IT consulting services, making sure your unique network needs are met.

We put great value on our relationships with our clients, providing you with high-powered networking solutions, from SDN to virtualized switches, to give your company the scalability it needs to grow. Let us understand your goals, and together we’ll design a robust infrastructure that will take your business to prosperous heights.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) is an industry-leading secure, open, and comprehensive Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution. It radically simplifies, optimizes, and accelerates infrastructure deployment and governance and expedites the application deployment lifecycle.

Cisco ACI delivers an intent-based networking framework to enable agility in the data center. It captures higher-level business and user intent in the form of a policy and translates this intent into the network constructs necessary to dynamically provision the network, security, and infrastructure services. It uses a holistic systems-based approach, with tight integration between hardware and software and physical and virtual elements, an open ecosystem model, and innovative Cisco customer Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) to enable unique business value for modern data centers. This unique approach uses a common policy-based operating model across the network, drastically reducing the cost and complexity of operating your network.

Benefits of ACI:

  • A single point for provisioning using APIC controller.  GUI or via the API
  • Ease and Speed of deployment using policy-driven model
  • ACI makes is possible to have visibility into both physical and virtual workloads on the network (with VMM integration, fabric can see VM attributes). You can also integrate Containers for microservices management.
  • Application Network Profiles.  These will enable the networking team to define policies and interdependencies of an application in the network. This works well for tiered applications, allowing the definitions of L4 – 7 services policies.
  • Security (ACI is a whitelist model). This means that there is no communication between EPGs unless network policy explicitly allows it.
  • Automation – DevOps, Python, Ansible etc.
  • Faster troubleshooting for day-2 operations – The Dashboard (Health Scores for physical and virtual network elements, application-based health scores, fast troubleshooting via health score drill down).
  • No more spanning-tree (Non-Blocking) or flooding in the fabric – ACI was designed with EAST/WEST traffic in mind, to flow traffic from physical and virtual servers in the best possible way.
  • From an operations standpoint ACI will simplify management and operations across the network by providing a common place to manage policies.
  • ACI allows for ISSU, providing that devices are dual-homed and for the systems/devices that are not.  You can do scheduled upgrades automatically for times when the systems and or devices are least used.
  • Configuration management.  ACI’s configurations are for the entire fabric, making backing up and rolling back all the devices in the fabric a simple process.

Lumos ACI Deployment Process

1

Initial Project Scoping

You’ll meet with the project team to finalize the scope, timeframe, and coverage of the project. The Initial Statement of Work delivery is based on the scoping call.

2

Design
Week

Our team will meet with the network and all stakeholder teams to gather requirements and determine an optimal high-level network design using Cisco ACI.

3

Implementation Week

Lumos engineers will be onsite to perform the initial fabric deployment, knowledge transfer to your team, final fabric build, and user acceptance testing (UAT).

4

Migration
Week

We will assist your team with the migration of your physical equipment and software from the legacy environment to the new data center fabric. This can be done in a phased approach (app-by-app) or as a hot-cut based on your preference.

5

Training

Our information technology advisory services include intensive, hands-on, world-class training for your team. Customized for your business needs, we discuss a variety of topics and formats at a location of your choosing, with up to 16 students per class.

6

Ongoing Remote Support

Our IT consulting company offers additional remote support options to help you and your team on further questions regarding SDN implementation and management.

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Unlock the Power of the Cloud

Cloud computing is a maturing information technology solution, providing businesses with scalability, flexibility, and modern abilities that simplify different functions in any organization. With our team of cloud architects, Lumos Consulting helps you assemble an efficient, full-stack IT infrastructure to advance your processes.

Lumos offers IT advisory services to network engineers, system integrators, DevOps engineers, and cloud architects. We provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you and your organization need through online courses, in-person training, and boutique IT consulting services.

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Network Infrastructure Consulting

Integrate your software and hardware seamlessly with our strategic IT advisory services. We’ll help you achieve a network that provides decentralized internet connectivity and communications, ensuring smooth day-to-day operations.

Our IT consulting firm offers online and in-person training courses for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, an industry-leading Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution that enables automation.

SDN switching

Network Switching

Traditional network switches are limited in terms of capacity, slowing down the deployment of your applications. Virtualize your switches and migrate them to a digital network through SDN switching. You’ll have the scalability to accommodate surges in your traffic flow, preventing lags in deployment.

SDN architecture

Network Management

One advantage of a cloud infrastructure over the traditional network is its simpler management. SDN architecture, for instance, eliminates the need for a team dedicated to managing the infrastructure since many functions are automated. This frees up manpower, letting you allot more people on more crucial and urgent tasks.

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Network Virtualization

Virtualization cuts costs for physical systems, such as servers and hardware, connecting physical networks like they are in the same location. By creating a virtual platform of your storage devices and server operating systems, multiple users can access one physical source or application at the same time.

Our strategic IT consulting services include virtualization solutions that integrate advanced SDN: VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, RedHat KVM, Kubernetes, and Docker.