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With Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) now shipping in full form, IT departments can begin using the platform to migrate networks toward a more application-centric, policy-oriented environment. Cisco says ACI not only allows IT to embrace the design principles and benefits of SDN — it also goes beyond that to address top priorities for CIOs themselves.
In the video below, Cisco Distinguished Engineer Sidney Morgan talks about how Cisco ACI addresses the top three concerns facing most CIOs:
- Driving revenue growth and inserting IT into the business value
- Reducing opex while preserving innovation
- Mitigating risk through security and compliance.
Morgan says ACI helps CIOs address these concerns directly by transforming the way infrastructure and applications operate with each other. ACI enables two-way communications within a fully automated environment using consistent, secure policies instantiated across the infrastructure. Applications communicate southbound via the infrastructure, and infrastructure communicates northbound with the applications via APIs.
Cisco ACI is built on a declarative model: Rather than utilizing the controller as the centralized “brain” of the system, ACI assumes its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) will help define policy, then push out the intelligence to the edges of the network and within the infrastructure.
This makes Cisco ACI 25 percent less expensive than traditional siloed infrastructures from an OpEx perspective, Morgan says, and helps IT better meet business needs because it allows them to innovate at the endpoints. IT departments now can customize how applications are deployed, a particular benefit with more complicated apps that require deployment, testing, staging, and production.
Morgan also talks about how Cisco ACI improves security and minimizes the cost of doing audits by providing a highly secure environment based on tenants, policies, and end points. The platform allows administrators to holistically instantiate security across the entire data center environment and secure it in real time.
Watch the video to learn more about how Cisco ACI can help CIOs improve application performance while reducing operating costs, deploying applications and services faster, and mitigating security and compliance risk.
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