Cisco ACI uses a holistic systems-based approach, with tight integration between physical and virtual elements, an open ecosystem model, and innovation-spanning application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), hardware, and software. This unique approach uses a common policy-based operating model across ACI-ready network, and security elements (computing, storage in future), overcoming IT silos and drastically reducing costs and complexity.
|Category||SDN Controller/Network Virtualization Solution|
|Applicable Verticals||Cloud Service Providers, Communication Service Providers (Telcos), Government and Education, Healthcare and Retail|
|NG Data Center Networking Relevancy||
The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller is a central point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure fabric providing centralized access to all fabric information while optimizing application life cycles.
As part of Cisco ACI, the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller delivers an agile data center with simplified operations and increased application responsiveness to support a new generation of distributed applications while accommodating existing virtualized and non-virtualized environments. Predefined application requirements and descriptions (policy profiles) automate the provisioning of the network, application services, security policies, tenant subnets, and workload placement.
|Areas of Deployment||Inter-Datacenter, Intra-Datacenter and WAN|
|Orchestration Integration||VMware vCloud Suite|
|Orchestration Integration Details||
Cisco ACI supports multiple cloud stacks enabling enterprises to seamlessly build and operate automated hybrid cloud environments using a single pane glass for multi-cloud management.
|Open Compute Project (OCP) Support||Yes|
|Supported OCP Initiatives||Networking, Hardware Management, Compliance and Interoperability, Data Center Facility, Rack and Power and Telco|
|Linux Foundation (LF) Support||No|