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Cisco ACI Case Study: Coborn's Inc.

Connecting retail and data centers in one network fabric

Coborn's Inc., a 97-year-old grocery retailer with more than 50 locations, used Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) to stretch its data center fabric across two locations 75 miles apart. The company's IT team now manages both locations from a single, central console.



  • Protect business systems and data from disaster.
  • Support corporate and distributed server, storage, and network operations with a two-person systems administration team.
  • Pull systems and data out of the public cloud.
  • Facilitate ongoing business growth.


  • Enhanced IT resiliency, flexibility, and consistency across two data centers.
  • Increased data protection and control with multitenancy and microsegmentation.
  • Streamlined IT operations with policy-driven automation and centralized management.
  • Established a flexible data center infrastructure that is easily scaled.

What they’re saying

With ACI in our primary data center connected to an ACI Remote Leaf switch in our secondary data center, we can just drag and drop VMs from one to the other. It allows us to do systems maintenance at any time, without disrupting the business.

Aaron MacDonald, Systems Administrator II, Coborn's Inc.

Who is Coborn's Inc.?

Industry: Retail
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Size: 8,000 employees
Website: https://www.cobornsinc.com/