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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Virtual Pod

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Move to the cloud with consistent policy

Gain flexibility and agility for your data center network. Cisco ACI Virtual Pod provides a software-only extension to the on-premises data center, extending into public clouds that support bare-metal provisioning. Cisco ACI Virtual Pod consists of virtual spines, virtual leafs, and Cisco ACI virtual edge switches deployed on a hypervisor infrastructure.

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Features and capabilities


Deployment flexibility

Extend Cisco ACI into the public cloud with bare-metal provisioning and remote or satellite data center locations.

Investment protection

Extend Cisco ACI into traditional (legacy) brownfield network deployments and maintain consistent policy.

Security everywhere

Define policy once and extend policies to any location or any cloud.

Business agility

Reduce infrastructure and network provisioning time, thus reducing overall cost while increasing productivity.

Specifications at a glance


The following hardware is supported and has physical spines for Cisco Virtual Pod in ACI 4.0:

Fixed spines

  • N9364C
  • N9332C

Modular spines (line cards)

  • N9732C-EX
  • N9732C-FX
  • N9736C-FX

Cisco Virtual Pod is a software-only solution. Each Cisco Virtual Pod component is deployed as a virtual machine, and each virtual machine has specific requirements:

Virtual spine (vSpine)

  • Hypervisor requirement: ESXi 6.0 or later
  • Virtual machine resources: 2 vCPU, 8 GB RAM, 80 GB storage

Virtual leaf (vLeaf)

  • Hypervisor requirement: ESXi 6.0 or later
  • Virtual machine resources: 2 vCPU, 8 GB RAM, 80 GB storage

Cisco ACI virtual edge (AVE)

  • Hypervisor requirement: ESXi 6.0 or later
  • Virtual machine resources: 2 vCPU, 4 GB RAM, 8 GB storage

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