Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a data center networking solution that simplifies network operations and reduces costs. ACI is designed to increase agility and accelerate application deployment. ACI provides a single point of control and policy enforcement for physical and virtual resources in the data center. ACI is built on industry-standard hardware and software from Cisco and other vendors.
ACI is designed to work with a wide range of devices and applications. ACI is compatible with existing networking hardware and software, and can be deployed in new or existing data centers. ACI is available in two versions: ACI Anywhere and ACI ready. ACI Anywhere is a complete data center networking solution that includes all the hardware and software needed to deploy ACI. ACI ready is a subset of ACI Anywhere that includes the hardware and software needed to deploy ACI, but does not include the ACI management software.