Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a next-generation data center solution that enables applications to be deployed in a highly secure, scalable and simplified manner. ACI provides a unique policy-based application orchestration approach that abstracts, pools and automates network resources, making it possible to rapidly deploy new application services while minimizing operational risk.
Cisco’s ACI is the industry’s first solution to deliver programmable, application-aware networking across campus, data center and cloud environments. ACI provides a unified policy model that enables IT to define and deploy application services quickly and consistently across the entire network. ACI also automates many of the tedious tasks required to configure and manage traditional networks, such as VLAN creation and IP address assignment.
In addition, ACI offers a rich set of application-specific networking (ASN) features that go beyond traditional network virtualization to provide true application isolation and security. ASN allows IT to define application-specific policies that are enforced by the ACI fabric. This provides a much higher level of security and isolation than is possible with traditional network virtualization technologies.
ACI is designed to work with a wide variety of existing network devices and applications. Cisco’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) is the centralized management and policy control point for ACI. The APIC provides a unified point of control and visibility for the entire ACI fabric.
The APIC also enables integration with a wide variety of third-party management and orchestration tools. This allows ACI to be easily integrated into existing data center environments. ACI is available now, and Cisco is actively working with a number of leading technology partners to ensure broad ecosystem support.
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