In a traditional data center, the network is one of the last pieces to be virtualized. The network is critical to applications and VMs, so it is important to get it right.
ACI enables you to quickly provision and configure networking for new applications and VMs with a few clicks. ACI also provides built-in security and quality of service (QoS) to protect your applications and VMs.
VMware is the leading provider of virtualization software. VMware’s vSphere is the most widely used platform for virtualizing servers.
Cisco and VMware have partnered to provide a best-of-breed solution for virtualizing the data center. The Cisco ACI for VMware vSphere solution enables you to use the full power of ACI to virtualize your data center network while still using vSphere to virtualize your servers.
The Cisco ACI for VMware vSphere solution includes the following components:
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches: The foundation of the Cisco ACI solution, the Nexus 9000 series switches provide high-density, low-latency 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE connectivity.
Cisco APIC: The Cisco APIC is the centralized controller for the Cisco ACI solution. The APIC provides a single point of management and policy enforcement for the entire ACI fabric.
VMware vSphere: vSphere is the industry-leading virtualization platform. The Cisco ACI for VMware vSphere solution enables you to use vSphere to manage your ACI fabric.
The Cisco ACI for VMware vSphere solution is available now. Contact your Cisco or VMware representative for more information.