Optimizing the cloud business model is an increasingly important, but complex priority for enterprise organizations today. To help streamline data center and cloud environments, Cisco and Microsoft have come together to provide cloud services and solutions that achieve a new level of infrastructure agility based upon an open architecture, and with an application-centric approach to control and security.
The companies recently introduced new solutions that help integrate Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with the Microsoft Cloud Platform. In this video from the recent Microsoft Ignite event in Chicago, Cisco execs explain and demo how the integrated solutions help organizations deliver load balancers and firewalls as shared services for self-service application provisioning.
Over the last few years, the traditional data center notion of “one application residing on one server” has been turned on its head. Now, multiple applications live and move across multiple servers, and the transition is not happening seamlessly. IT managers are trying to find ways to simultaneously support traditional workloads as well as next-generation cloud workloads.
With an open, systems-based approach, Cisco ACI is designed to provide tight integration between physical and virtual application environments with Microsoft Windows-based application servers running the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. The video features Cisco Senior Director Shashi Kiran as he looks at ACI and explains how its seamless integration with Microsoft Cloud Platform helps build secure and scalable applications in Microsoft private clouds while helping tenants share and consume network resources in a flexible way.
Together, ACI and Microsoft Cloud Platform deliver a policy driven infrastructure, a new operational model, and new cloud services for tenants and their enterprise applications. ACI integrates the hardware and software overlay to behave as a single fabric system to provide an optimized network for physical and virtual resources. In his presentation, Kiran outlines sample scenarios of how the integration can help simplify operations through:
- Visibility of the full fabric topology that displays all spine/leaf and Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) connectivity details
- A “system health score” that provides an aggregation of system-wide health, including pod health scores, tenant health scores, system fault counts, and the APIC cluster health state
- An “application health score” that aggregates network-wide health information relevant to specific applications
Watch the video to learn more about how ACI and Microsoft Cloud Platform can help you balance traditional workloads while prepping your organization to meet cloud-scale requirements with new cloud services.