Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a network architecture that enables the network to be configured and managed as a single entity. This results in increased efficiency and productivity, as well as reduced costs. ACI provides a centralized point of control and management for the entire network, from the data center to the cloud.
ACI also uses a leaf-spine architecture, which is a highly scalable and fault-tolerant design. The leaf nodes are responsible for forwarding traffic to the appropriate spine node. The spine nodes then forward the traffic to the appropriate destination.
ACI is designed to work with a variety of devices, including Cisco’s own Nexus 9300 series switches. ACI is also compatible with third-party devices, such as those from Arista, Brocade, and HP.
ACI is managed using the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). The APIC provides a centralized point of control and management for the entire ACI fabric. The APIC includes a graphical user interface (GUI) that simplifies the creation and management of ACI policies.
ACI is a flexible and scalable network architecture that can be used in a variety of environments, from small businesses to enterprise organizations. ACI is an ideal solution for organizations that are looking to improve their network efficiency and reduce their costs.