Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a data center solution that uses a centralized policy model to manage applications and networking. ACI Pods are an integral part of the ACI architecture, and are used to scale the ACI fabric to meet the needs of large data centers.
Each Pod has a single management module, which is responsible for managing the configuration of the Pod. The management module also provides a single point of contact for the ACI Fabric Controller, which is the centralized controller for the ACI Fabric.
The ACI Fabric Controller is responsible for provisioning the network resources required by the applications, and for policy enforcement. It uses the application-specific information in the ACI Policies to determine the appropriate network resources required by each application.
The ACI Fabric Controller also provides a single point of contact for the ACI Fabric Manager, which is responsible for managing the ACI Fabric. The ACI Fabric Manager provides a web-based interface that can be used to manage the ACI Fabric.
The ACI Fabric Manager also provides a REST API that can be used to automate the management of the ACI Fabric.