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Cisco Advances Intent-based Networking for Data Center and Private Cloud Environments with New ACI Capabilities

October 2017 by Patrick LEBRETON

Multi-site scalability, container integration and enhanced security features enable customers to accelerate their multi-cloud journey

Cisco announced updates to its Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI),(tm) the industry leading Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution that makes it easier for customers to adopt and advance intent-based networking for their data centers.

With the latest software release (ACI 3.0), more than 4,000 ACI customers can increase business agility with network automation, simplified management, and improved security for any combination of workloads in containers, virtual machines and bare metal for private clouds and on-premise data centers.

The transitions occurring in the data center are substantial. Enterprises experience an unrelenting need to accelerate speed, flexibility, security and scale across increasingly complex data centers and multi-cloud environments.

The new ACI 3.0 software release is now available. New features include:

- Multi-site Management: Customers can seamlessly connect and manage multiple ACI fabrics that are geographically distributed to improve availability by isolating fault domains, and provide a global view of network policy through a single management portal. This greatly simplifies disaster recovery and the ability to scale out applications.

- Kubernetes Integration: Customers can deploy their workloads as micro-services in containers, define ACI network policy for these through Kubernetes, and get unified networking constructs for containers, virtual machines, and bare-metal. This brings the same level of deep integration to containers ACI has had with numerous hypervisors.

- Improved Operational Flexibility and Visibility: The new Next Gen ACI User Interface improves usability with new consistent layouts and simplified topology views, and troubleshooting wizards. In addition, ACI now includes graceful insertion and removal, support for mixed operating systems and quota management, and latency measurements across fabric end points for troubleshooting.

- Security: ACI 3.0 delivers new capabilities to protect networks by mitigating attacks such as IP/MAC spoofing with First Hop Security integration, automatically authenticating workloads in-band and placing them in trusted security groups, and support for granular policy enforcement for end points within the same security group.

Cisco customers worldwide derive value from ACI:

Tiger Resorts, Okada Manila
Okada Manila, the new luxury resort by Tiger Resorts, relies on its IT Infrastructure to run the critical applications that deliver a world-class experience for its customers, including hotel booking and phone systems, casino gaming applications, retail applications, and administrative applications. The IT team selected best-in-breed technology for the new resort, including an integrated solution combining Cisco ACI with Citrix NetScaler.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, a multinational banking group and the second largest bank in Spain, provides financial solutions to 70 million customers globally.

Hutchinson Networks
Hutchinson Networks, a leading IT solutions provider of high-end automated cloud solutions and network services, helps its customers manage today’s complex data center environments.

World Wide Technology
WWT is an award-winning technology integrator and supply chain solutions provider, bringing collaborative, innovative and proven approaches to evaluate, architect and implement solutions.




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