The current networking environment is evolving rapidly and depends on an application economy, where the speed of innovation and the capacity to adapt to change marks the success or failure of a company’s IT model. Recognizing the change landscape, Cisco’s recent webinar provides the software-defined networking (SDN) community with customer and partner testimonials and their experiences with deploying Cisco ACI. Cisco ACI is a holistic approach to data center automation that simplifies deployment and operation of applications via an innovative application policy language, centralized operational control, and an extensive ecosystem of SDN partners.
Cisco ACI offers a host of benefits to CIOs and IT infrastructure leaders. This webinar highlights how a diverse set of customers and partners are tailoring their data centers to better fit the demands of an application economy. Cisco ACI gives customers operational choice. Jaz Rahul, Senior Manager, Network Engineering at Etrade, sees ACI as providing network professionals with a greater autonomy from those mundane tasks that hamper available network resources. He states, “That’s what Cisco ACI brings – freedom – for our operational staff to move away from [all of] the day-to-day monotonous tasks” that otherwise compromise efficiency. ACI offers simplicity of operations.
Sheila Jordan, CIO of Symantec, identifies another crucial benefit of ACI: access. She says, “ACI can be accessed with the administrator. It can be accessed with the actual service owner or the one that owns the applications as they create their infrastructure persona.” The ease of access that ACI provides gives network professionals a greater degree of flexibility and agility.
Calvin Rowland, Senior Vice-President, Business Deployment with F5, a Cisco ACI partner, echoes Jordan’s claim, asserting that ACI delivers “application deployment anywhere, anytime.” Further, he adds that, “ACI defines a framework for the policy-based insertion of our Layer 4 through 7 services. So what the customer receives, what the customer gets, is full life-cycle management for application deployment and operations.”
The Cisco vision of and dedication to an open application centric infrastructure means greater and more profitable collaboration in the SDN community and enhances efforts to take the movement forward. As Rowland further states, “One of the things that we are excited about with the alliance (with Cisco) and specifically the solution is the amount of affinity that we see with our customers in the marketplace. What I mean is, if you look at the large number of organizations that have deployed your solutions and ours, there’s a tremendous amount of overlap in our customer-base. And so, what our customers see is two leaders in their respective spaces and that they’ve made investments in coming together and collaborating to deliver on the vision and the promise of a truly application centric infrastructure.”
It has been a little over a year since Cisco launched its new data center architecture, and it is clear how Cisco ACI has immediately impacted the networking landscape. Having increased network application agility is the hallmark of continued business agility. Trends in integrating such competitive tools as new kinds of applications, hybrid cloud architectures, and “Everything-as-a-Service” are essential in today’s evolving business climate. ACI represents a needed change from a high-touch, high-maintenance architecture to one that is highly-automated and application-centric.
If want to learn more about the advantages of an application economy and how implementing Cisco ACI can help your business network adapt more quickly to changes, watch the webcast now.