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Cisco Fulfills on the Vision for ACI Anywhere


Once implemented, ACI Anywhere helps with network connectivity, application segmentation and compliance. Cisco plans to introduce similar ACI support and integration with Microsoft Azure in the near future.

ACI Anywhere Virtual ACI Multicloud Integration

We are also extending the availability of Virtual ACI (VPoD), which allows customers to extend their on premises ACI networks into remote locations, bare-metal clouds, co-location providers and brownfield environments. This is a software-only version of Cisco ACI that dramatically increases enterprise agility due to reduced network provisioning.

Scalability has been dramatically increased for the ACI Multisite Orchestrator which allows you to push policy to multiple data centers across the globe in one step. Advanced scale and encryption capabilities now allow the Multisite Orchestrator to support up to 12 sites and 1200 leafs and corresponding policy.

ACI Anywhere enables automation, security, and intent-based networking to optimize data center operations, protect digital businesses, and accelerate our customers’ expansion into the multicloud. Customers benefits include the ability to:

  • Consistently extend management simplicity to all locations from a single point, reducing operational expense and addressing the skills gap to operate cloud. ACI Anywhere also enables users to extend consistent policies for any workload within any location, on-premises or cloud.
  • Maximize operational flexibility as customers adopt multicloud infrastructures and to enable them to work within familiar interfaces. For example, ACI Anywhere offers integration with the AWS API natively to retain the functionality they may already be familiar with. Another example is the ACI Integration with OpenShift Containers nested in OpenStack, which gives our customers the flexibility to manage workloads in OpenStack and Kubernetes environments, including the ability to deploy, automate and scale applications. Customers gain a way to enforce consistent policies for any application across any combination of container, virtual machine and physical network they spin up. This simplifies management across the entire network and allows for group-based policies to be enabled and enforced.
  • Combine analytics, automation, and policy-driven security to provide customers with the best aspects of data centers and cloud. This makes end-to-end securitypossible as workloads including containersare distributed between on-premises data centers and cloud infrastructure. This also improves IT’s governance over the distributed enterprise with consistent regulation and compliance anywhere possible.

Cisco ACI Anywhere represents the industry’s most comprehensive data center networking solution with flexible deployment options and the ability to deploy apps based on business needs, not by technology limitations. Businesses operate anywhere today. Data centers must too.

For more information, please visit our ACI webpage.

 
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