Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module

Simplify Network Configuration and Provisioning

The APIC EM extends Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to the WAN and access edge. ACI provides centralized automation of policy-based application profiles. Through programmability, automated network control helps IT rapidly respond to new business opportunities. APIC EM can be downloaded at no additional charge using a free membership to the Cisco DevNet community.

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Features and Capabilities

The APIC EM and its applications are part of the Cisco ONE Software portfolio. The controller provides a low-risk, incremental approach to adopting software-defined networking (SDN) technologies in branch and campus environments. Using an application-centric approach, the controller automates provisioning of the end-to-end infrastructure to rapidly deploy applications and services.


  • Software that runs on any x86 server, offered as software or an appliance
  • An advanced GUI with no programming skills required
  • Integrated analytics, policy, and network abstraction


Massively simplified configuration and provisioning

The controller automates the deployment and compliance checking of network policies across the entire network.

Investment protection

The controller works with existing network infrastructure. There is no need to do an infrastructure replacement. No new network hardware is needed.

Openness, programmability, and customization

The APIC EM is highly programmable through open APIs (representational state transfer [RESTful] and OSGi). It can enable independent software developers to create innovative network services and applications to fuel business growth.

Business policy to network configuration

The controller auto-translates business policy into network device-level policy and can enable policy enforcement across an end-to-end network.


The following are optional applications that can be installed on the controller.

Intelligent WAN (IWAN) Application

The APIC EM controller's Intelligent WAN (IWAN) application automates the configuration of advanced IWAN features on Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Service Routers.


The APIC EM automates deployment and compliance checking of network policies across the entire network for superior threat detection and remediation.

Customers also gain efficient change management of access control lists (ACLs). The controller's ACL applications include automating policy compliance checking, troubleshooting ACL configurations, and user-based ACL policy deployment in Cisco Identity Services Engine.

Quality of service (QoS)

The controller's QoS applications include automating network-wide QoS compliance checking, and user-based QoS policy deployment. QoS deployment and change management across the network is facilitated through an advanced GUI.

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