Cisco has added support for traditional network environments to the company\u2019s recently available data center-management console.\nIntroduced in October, Cisco\u2019s Nexus Dashboard melds a number of Cisco\u2019s on-premises, cloud and hybrid fabric-management tools into a single interface to administer application lifecycles from provisioning to maintenance and optimization.\n\nThe idea is that the dashboard provides a central platform for data center-operation applications to simplify the operation and management of the applications while reducing the infrastructure overhead to run them, according to Cisco. \u00a0\nFor example by supporting Cisco\u2019s Multi-Site Orchestrator, which provisions, monitors, and manages resources in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) networks, the dashboard can set network and application-control policies for on-premises or cloud-based environments, Cisco says.\u00a0ACI is Cisco's flagship software-defined networking (SDN) data-center package. It also delivers the company's intent-based networking technology,\n\n\n\n\n\nMost recently, Cisco said it has added similar support for its Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) software which manages existing networking systems running NX-OS.\u00a0\nFor customers that means they can control newer ACI-based cloud and edge resources and now traditional DCNM-based systems all from a single console.\nAnother\u00a0 key component of the dashboard, Nexus Insights, lets customers monitor and analyze their fabric in real-time to identify anomalies, provide root-cause analysis, perform capacity planning, and accelerate troubleshooting. That application can now work with ACI and DCNM environments, Cisco stated.\n\u201cNexus Dashboard is a\u00a0giant\u00a0leap\u00a0towards\u00a0an intuitive,\u00a0easy to use\u00a0console\u00a0for full-lifecycle data-center automation\u00a0that\u00a0will make\u00a0day-to-day infrastructure operations,\u00a0governance,\u00a0and\u00a0security\u00a0activities highly\u00a0automated, based on policies and business KPIs,\u201d wrote Usha Andra, product marketing manager with Cisco\u2019s Data Center Networking Portfolio in a blog outlining Nexus details. \u201cThe process of shifting architectural decisions to focus on these types of metrics, rather than on\u00a0managing\u00a0siloed\u00a0lifecycle management\u00a0of infrastructure...marks a significant cultural and operational shift.\u201d\nCisco\u2019s overarching goal is to enable the cloud-neutral orchestration and networking support needed for customers to deploy and support workloads anywhere they are deployed, Todd Nightingale, Cisco\u2019s Enterprise Networking & Cloud business chief said in a recent Network World article. \u201cThe idea going forward is to focus on delivering powerful networking and software options on a smaller number of integrated platforms to simplify and bring an enormous amount of agility for enterprise customers,\u201d Nightingale said.\nAt the time of its introduction, Cisco said the Nexus Dashboard supports services provided by third-parties such as ServiceNow for incident management, AlgoSec for security policy, Splunk for business intelligence and F5\/Citrix for load balancing. Additional third-party integrations are expected, Cisco stated.\nThe system also supports open-source software including Red Hat Ansible for building and deploying enterprise automation and Hashicorp\u2019s Terraform infrastructure management software.\nThe Nexus Dashboard is available now as an appliance and later in the first quarter as a virtual cloud instance.