Cisco Tetration Overview

Cisco Tetration is a security platform that is designed to secure workloads for a heterogeneous, multicloud data center environment. It provides consistent security capabilities for bare-metal, virtual machines, and container-based workloads. The workload protection use cases fall under three broad categories: containing lateral movement using microsegmentation, proactive anomalous behavior detection, and reducing the attack surface.

 

Cisco Tetration MINT overview

Cisco Tetration Mentored Install Network Training (MINT) program is an authorized hands-on training program that helps you gain skills and master best practices while deploying the Cisco Tetration solution. By combining mentoring and installation, the program accelerates the adoption and deployment of the new Cisco Tetration solution in your environment and helps you achieve your desired outcomes.

 

Why choose NIL as your MINT partner?

NIL has been a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, System Integrator, and Cisco Platinum Learning Partner for over 25 years. We educate Cisco engineers, develop official Cisco courseware, and have expertise, experience and capability to make sure that your solution is properly deployed and configured.

NIL is an authorized Cisco partner for providing MINT programs for Cisco SDA, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco SD-WAN, Cisco ACI, Cisco HyperFlex, and Cisco Tetration technologies. We have extensive experience delivering different MINT projects to organizations worldwide that result in high customer satisfaction and faster particular technology adoption.

All our MINT programs are fully customizable. This means that the basic scope is predefined, in order to ensure best practices and key objectives are covered. However, the exact delivery is tailored to your specific environment and requirements, ensuring optimal outcome of the service.

 

Objectives of engagement

  1. Discover the customer outcome desires through investigation of the current situation and steps needed to achieve the goal.
  2. Deployment and configuration of the solution.
  3. Customer enablement and knowledge transfer for continued operation and maintenance of the environment.
  4. Functional solution, with accompanying project documentation.

 

Scope of Work

SoW is predefined to an extent, but will be solidified and agreed upon after the initial situation and outcome discovery.

 

Roles and responsibilities

NIL will do the majority of the work, however, in order to ensure high customer satisfaction and achieve the desired goals, a customer is expected to provide the following:

  • Stakeholder discovery workshop participation
  • Preparation of the environment for the beginning of configuration, which includes, but may not be limited to:
    • Rack space
    • Power capacity
    • Cooling capacity
    • Equipment stacking
    • Infrastructure pre-configuration
  • Customer engineers that will participate in all steps of the project for:
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Testing support
    • Support for integration with the existing environment
  • Plan of test scenarios to determine operational acceptance of the solution situation and outcome discovery.

 

Cisco Tetration MINT stage

Service Name

Service Description

Design

NIL Ltd. and the customer: 

  • Agree on the desired outcome of the Project to cover the business objectives. 
  • Create and review Project timelines. 
  • Conduct a device assessment including the server and storage. infrastructure, network devices, network services such as, vCenter, NTP, SMTP, etc., 

Installation 

Deploy Cisco Tetration, including installing and upgrading the software to the latest version, and verifying all network connectivity.  

Cisco Tetration deployment – physical, virtual server.  

Configuration 

Sample scope and inventory configuration (design guide) 

Deployment of sensors agents on servers (How to guide). 

Agent configuration 

Configuration of enforcement or deep visibility agents and their deployment.  

Connectors 

Deployment of connector appliance. 

Configuration of connector integration for external device. 

Segmentation 

 

Road to micro-segmentation with Cisco Tetration:

  • Sample application dependency mapping. 
  • Sample policy definitions by users. 
  • Sample policy enforcement.

Knowledge Transfer 

Instructions on: 

  • How to navigate Tetration GUI. 
  • How to use tools to manage the Tetration cluster. 
  • How to use inventory filters, scopes, and ADM. 
  • Navigating the help guide.
  • Cluster maintenance and TAC support.

Project Completion 

Customer Sign-off of the Acceptance delivery form. 

 

Next steps after MINT

Your environment is now set up and running. Your team has the basic knowledge and capability to keep it operational.

But maybe you want additional functionality, are looking into further integration, or are even considering a completely new solution, based on a different technology.

For all of these instances, you can turn to NIL to help you move further along. We offer training on the whole range of Cisco products and solutions. Those trainings span from official courses to highly customized workshops that can be tailored to your very specific needs.

In addition, we offer both additional MINT services, as well as full consultancy engagements that extend well beyond pure Cisco deployments and integrations. And we will be more than happy to help you out with any of these challenges and offer proper guidance.