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Why Organizations Choose Cisco ACI

July 12, 2017

A recent story talks about two implementations of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure. And it suggests that organizations that adopt Cisco ACI technology will get the most out of their investments if they leverage it in next-generation scenarios rather than trying to “shoehorn” it into their traditional networks. 

The piece tells the story of how Hutchinson Networks Ltd. of Scotland employed Cisco ACI and the vendor’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller to build its public cloud. It also mentioned that Idaho-based fragrance company Scentsy is using these solutions.

In a recent interview with me, a Cisco spokeswoman noted that Cisco ACI is a software-defined networking solution composed of the company’s Nexus 9000 series of switches and the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller.

Cisco considers itself a pioneer on the policy front. It has invested resources on policy to enable application developers, network teams, and Web developers to focus on their core work rather than having to spend time and effort figuring out how their solutions integrate with various infrastructure and processes.

“By pioneering an application-centric policy model for the network, we were able to allow application developers to define templates for their applications that could be automatically deployed across the network and easily monitored and audited by network and security teams,” the Cisco spokeswoman explained. “This capability – to launch applications quickly, securely, and anywhere in the infrastructure – helped our customers concretely realize the value of an SDN solution.”

Cisco ACI, she added, “provides policy-based automation and security, workload mobility, deep telemetry and visibility across physical, virtual, and container-based environments, offering a highly programmable platform with open APIs and over 65 global ecosystem partners whose products interoperate with ACI.”

That helps address key customers concerns, which mainly have to do with reducing operational complexity, increasing automation, and providing open APIs to accelerate business, she said.

Edited by Alicia Young

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