The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric.
|Category||Network Virtualization Product|
|Leading Verticals||Cloud Service Providers, Financials, Government & Education, Healthcare, Retail, Telecom and Enteprise|
|Areas of Deployment||Campus, Inter-Datacenter, Intra-Datacenter and WAN (incl SD-WAN)|
Unified automation and management for Cisco ACI infrastructure. Cisco APIC offers centralized access to all fabric information, optimizes application lifecycle for scale/performance and supports app provisioning across physical and virtual resources.
|End-Points Supported||Bare Metal Machines, Containers and Virtual Machines|
|Supported Hypervisors||ESXi, KVM, Hyper-V and Xen|
Cisco supports an open hypervisor strategy using the Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS) using a consistent operating model. Cisco AVS provides full policy enforcement, open APIs, and a single point of management.
|Orchestration Integration||OpenStack and VMware vCloud Suite, Microsoft, VMware vRealize, AWS, Google, Cisco CloudCenter|
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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.
|NV Classification||Hybrid, Overlay and Direct fabric programming|
|Southbound Protocols||BGP, Netconf, OVSDB, Vendor-specific RESTful API, XMPP-based API and OpFlex, L4-7 Device Packages, CLI, RESTCONF, MP-BGP EVPN|
Cisco APIC exposes northbound APIs through XML and JSON and provides both CLI and GUI which utilize the APIs to manage the fabric holistically. OpFlex, an extensible southbound protocol, supplies application policy directly to data center networks.
|NV Encapsulation||GRE, MPLS, NVGRE, VXLAN, STT and 802.1x|