With general release just around the corner for Cisco’s APIC controller, the company has created a new video highlighting the distinctions between APIC and typical SDN controllers. The video explains how the APIC model differs from typical network controllers in terms of scale, policy, and resiliency, and it now is available on SDNCentral’s Cisco Channel.
APIC is the SDN controller at the heart of Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI), the company’s architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles. The video features Thomas Scheibe, Cisco director of product management for the Nexus 9000/ACI, who explains how APIC uses an application-centric policy framework that offers the ability to manage physical and virtual networks at the same time.
Scheibe says APIC moves beyond the inherently stateful control provided by typical SDN controllers, which translate policies and push down configuration into the switches. Under the stateless APIC model, policies and profiles define connectivity and who can talk with whom. The controller pushes policies down to the switches, each of which has its own policy database that allows it to translate policies locally and behave essentially autonomously.
APIC was a Best of Interop 2014 finalist in the SDN category, and it is scheduled for general release in Q2 2014. Check out the SDNCentral Cisco Channel to watch the video now or learn more about Cisco’s latest developments on the SDN front.
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