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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

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Agile, open, programmable, and secure

Cisco ACI, our industry-leading software-defined networking (SDN) solution, offers a unique blend of mapping hardware and software capabilities through a unified application-based policy model. Cisco ACI increases business agility and lowers TCO by automating IT tasks, enhancing security, and increasing operational efficiency.

What Cisco ACI offers

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Automation and agility

Automate IT workflows and help organizations shorten app deployment from weeks to minutes.

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Open and programmable

Build programmable SDN fabrics leveraging open APIs and over 65 Cisco ACI global partner ecosystems.

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Security and analytics

Secure applications through whitelist model, policy enforcement, and micro-segmentation.

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Workload mobility at scale

Deploy, scale, and migrate applications seamlessly across multiple hybrid data centers.

Cisco ACI automation lifecycle

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Establish network automation

du deployed a 150-node SDN fabric in less than one hour and gained zero-touch provisioning with consistent policies.

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Deliver services automation

Manx Telecom delivered services faster and more reliably through a unified interface for all application workflows.

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Achieve application automation

Audatex simplified and accelerated its app-deployment process by providing automated workloads on-demand.

Cisco ACI building blocks

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High-performance, low-latency, and power-efficient switches operate in Cisco NX-OS software mode or in Cisco ACI mode.

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Provides single-click access to all Cisco ACI fabric information, enabling network automation, programmability, and centralized management.

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Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches support a rich feature set of Cisco NX-OS, data center interconnect, and open-source programmable tools through an array of deployment and upgrade options.

Boosting business agility at Symantec

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Symantec modernized its IT infrastructure and operations for the next decade of business challenges, achieving:

  • 79% improvement in operations and staff efficiency
  • 87% reduction in time in app development lifecycle
  • An 11-month payback period
  • $10.08 million IT infrastructure cost reduction

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Deploying ACI networks

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Building your DC fabric

Integrate virtual and physical workloads in a programmable, multihypervisor fabric to build a multiservice cloud data center.

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Simplify migration

Smoothly transition from a traditional data center to SDN with a common, policy-enforced approach.

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Protect your investment

Migrate to Cisco ACI and build on your existing Cisco NX-OS infrastructure.

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The Cisco IT way

Learn how Cisco IT transitioned to Cisco ACI for data center automation and improved business performance.

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ACI partner ecosystem

Deploy ACI with confidence using our validated partner solutions to reduce risk and increase agility.

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Automation should be simple

Reduce management time by 87% with Cisco ACI and Citrix NetScaler.

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Services

Rely on Cisco to increase efficiency, enhance agility, and mitigate risk. Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of consulting, implementation, optimization, and technical services.

Cisco App Center

Collaborate with developers, then publish and monetize innovative apps using Cisco APIC.

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Featured products

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Simplify your zero-trust implementations, and get realtime visibility into your data center.

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Deploy and manage applications more securely across your data center and cloud environments.

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Learn from Cisco experts

Get the latest updates about Cisco ACI and software-defined networking.

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