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A VISUAL TOOL TO ALLOW USERS CREATE VIRTUAL DEVICES WITH 3RD PARTY SERVICES

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Publication Date: 2016-Jun-06

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Abstract

A graphical user interface is provided to more intuitively allow a user to create and manage virtual devices. The user interface reduces the steps to be performed, matches the mental model of the user and aides the user to visualize the concept of service chaining and virtual device creations using multiple applications. This simplifies the lines of CLI to a few clicks in creating a virtual device and also adding third party services. Making configurations is easy using drag and drop controls. The user interface assists in efficiently explaining the concept of service chaining and virtual device. The chances of mistakes that can occur by the user, both cognitive and clerical, is greatly reduced, and the user interface provides a simple mechanism to rectify any mistakes quickly and easily. In so doing, this user interface reduces the overall learning curve for the user. This is particularly important because it can increase the likelihood of becomes important as it adaptability of users to more sophisticated next generation security product platforms.

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A VISUAL TOOL TO ALLOW USERS CREATE VIRTUAL DEVICES WITH 3RD PARTY SERVICES

AUTHORS:

 Keying Bi Subroto Bagh

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A graphical user interface is provided to more intuitively allow a user to create and manage virtual devices. The user interface reduces the steps to be performed, matches the mental model of the user and aides the user to visualize the concept of service chaining and virtual device creations using multiple applications. This simplifies the lines of CLI to a few clicks in creating a virtual device and also adding third party services. Making configurations is easy using drag and drop controls. The user interface assists in efficiently explaining the concept of service chaining and virtual device. The chances of mistakes that can occur by the user, both cognitive and clerical, is greatly reduced, and the user interface provides a simple mechanism to rectify any mistakes quickly and easily. In so doing, this user interface reduces the overall learning curve for the user. This is particularly important because it can increase the likelihood of becomes important as it adaptability of users to more sophisticated next generation security product platforms.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    The powerful Firepower 9300 Firewall, of Cisco Systems, Inc., is the industry's first physical and virtual security solution that has been validated for securing service provider cloud and network functions in virtualization environments. Security and network administrators are finding it difficult to configure and manage the powerful carrier class platform through Command Line Interface (CLI) or RESTful Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The usage of these user interfaces is limited to primarily

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to senior and experience administrators, but even they have trouble visualizing the relationship of the device and the platform, and the relationship of a logical device and third party services. Such user interfaces result in error-prone operation.

    Administrators needed a user interface based management solution to configure and manage the platform effectively and efficiently. With Firepower Chassis Manager (FCM), administrators can now interact with the platform using a web-based graphical user interface (GUI) running on the platform. The ability to create and manage virtual devices with multiple applications running on it has become an intuitive task for the user with the introduction of a visual diagram based virtual device creation. The logical device can be a standalone device or cluster device. Users can not only see but also select and edit the sequence and flow in which the application will be running from the diagram. The creation of virtual devices is now easy to use, involving simpler steps rather than complex and confusing steps that the user had to perform through a CLI or RESTful API. Examples of CLIs for standalone device creation are shown below.

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