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Introducing Cisco Cloud Community Controller on Google Cloud Platform – Half 2

Half 1 of this weblog collection demonstrated how Cisco CNC can automate cloud networking inside GCP independently of safety insurance policies. Half 2 goes over further capabilities pertaining to contract-based routing and firewall guidelines automation by extending the identical coverage mannequin.

One of many causes for decoupling routing and safety is to offer clients extra flexibility. Typically, organizations might have totally different groups liable for cloud networking and safety insurance policies definitions within the cloud. Nevertheless, for these use circumstances the place coverage consistency is a prime precedence adopted by extra governance of cloud sources, a typical coverage mannequin is a should.

Coverage Mannequin Translation

Under is a high-level one-to-one mapping of the Cisco CNC coverage mannequin to native GCP cloud constructs.

Policy Model Translation

Basically, a tenant maps to a mission and is the top-level logical container holding all the opposite insurance policies. For cloud networking, Cisco CNC interprets the mix of VRF and Cloud Context Profile into world VPC networks and regional subnets. Within the state of affairs beneath, Cisco CNC may also translate safety insurance policies by combining cloud EPGs (Endpoint Teams) with contracts and filters into firewall guidelines and community tags in GCP.

By definition, a cloud EPG is a set of endpoints sharing the identical safety coverage, can have endpoints in a number of subnets and is tied to a VRF.

State of affairs

This state of affairs has two VRFs: network-a and network-b. Moreover, cloud EPGs Internet & App might be created and related to contracts with particular safety insurance policies outlined by filters. A Cloud Exterior EPG may also be created as Web EPG to permit web entry on network-a.


On GCP, these insurance policies are translated into correct VPC networks, subnets, routing tables, peering, firewall guidelines, and community tags. Be aware that for this state of affairs, VPCs and subnets have been already pre-provisioned.

High Level Architecture

Contract-based Routing

On Half 1 of this weblog collection, a route leak coverage was created to permit inter-VRF routing between network-a and network-b. For this state of affairs, solely contract-based routing might be enabled, which suggests contracts will drive routing the place wanted. Subsequently, the leak route coverage created beforehand was eliminated and peering between VPCs disconnected.

Contract-based Routing is a worldwide mode configuration accessible within the Cloud Community Controller Setup. Be aware that when contract-based routing is enabled, the routes between a pair of inner VRFs may be leaked utilizing contracts solely within the absence of a route leak coverage.

Contract-based Routing

Be aware: a short overview of the Cisco CNC GUI was supplied on Half 1.

Firewall Guidelines Automation

The configuration beneath illustrates the creation of Internet and Web EPGs tied to network-a, together with their related endpoint selectors. These are used to assign endpoints to a Cloud EPG, and may be primarily based on IP tackle, Subnet, Area, or Customized tags (utilizing a mixture of key worth pairs and match expressions).

For the Internet EPG, a key worth pair is used with particular tags to be matched (customized: epg equals internet). For the Web EPG, a subnet selector is used permitting all site visitors. Moreover, Web EPG must be kind Exterior as web entry might be allowed on network-a.

Create EPG
Internet EPG
Create EPG

The Cloud EPG App configuration isn’t depicted for brevity however is much like that of cloud EPG Internet. Nevertheless, it’s tied to network-b and set with its distinctive endpoint selector (customized: epg equals app).

On GCP, these insurance policies get translated to devoted ingress firewall guidelines and community tags for Internet and App as highlighted utilizing the next format: capic-<app-profile-name>-<epg-name>.

GCP Console

Be aware: Rebranding from Cloud APIC to Cloud Community Controller is roofed on Half 1.

Within the instance beneath, cloud endpoints instantiated in GCP with labels matching the endpoint selectors are assigned to community tags and firewall guidelines automated by Cisco CNC.

GCP Console

Associating Contracts to EPGs

Now, let’s affiliate the web-to-app contract between Internet and App EPGs utilizing the idea of shopper and supplier to outline guidelines route.

Associating Contracts to EPGs

Upon associating the contract, further ingress and egress firewall guidelines are programmed relying on the buyer and supplier relationship specified. Particularly, these firewall guidelines are up to date primarily based on safety insurance policies outlined via contracts and filters. For brevity, all site visitors is allowed however granular filters may be added per necessities. On one other observe, these guidelines are solely programmed as soon as cloud endpoints matching the foundations are instantiated.

GCP VPC Firewall rules

Wait, what about peering between these VPCs? Since contract-based routing is enabled, it additionally drives routing by enabling peering and auto producing routes to one another accordingly.

GCP VPC network peering

Lastly, let’s enable web entry to internet companies residing on network-a by including the internet-access contract between Web and Internet EPGs.

EPG Communication

As quickly because the contract is related, Cisco CNC provides an ingress firewall rule with community tags representing the Internet EPG which permits web entry to endpoints behind it.

GCP VPC firewall rules

From this level on, web entry to web-server is allowed in addition to connectivity from the web-server to the app-server.

root@web-server:/house/marinfer# ifconfig ens4
ens4: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1460
        inet  netmask  broadcast
        inet6 fe80::4001:acff:fe10:102  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<hyperlink>
        ether 42:01:ac:10:01:02  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 19988  bytes 3583929 (3.4 MiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  body 0
        TX packets 17707  bytes 1721956 (1.6 MiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  provider 0  collisions 0
root@web-server:/house/marinfer# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of knowledge.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=58.3 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=56.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=56.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=56.0 ms

Cloud Assets Visibility

Utilizing a cloud-like coverage mannequin, Cisco CNC gives a topology and hierarchical view of cloud sources on a per tenant foundation with drill down choices. Furthermore, software profile containers group collectively cloud EPGs and related contracts for straightforward visibility of insurance policies and dependencies.

Cloud Resources Visibility

Extra granular visibility is supplied all the way in which to cloud endpoints. Firewall guidelines are additionally seen through Cisco CNC GUI below Ingress and Egress Guidelines.

Cloud Endpoint Visibility


Defining and managing safety insurance policies may be difficult, which can lead to elevated operational overhead and coverage inconsistency. In addition to automating and giving extra visibility into firewall guidelines in GCP, Cisco CNC can also be offering an extra layer of governance from a centralized administration aircraft.

Half 3 completes this weblog collection by exhibiting how Cisco Cloud Community Controller builds and automates exterior cloud connectivity from and to GCP.



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Weblog Collection: Introducing Cisco Cloud Community Controller on Google Cloud Platform

Half 1: Native Cloud Networking Automation

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