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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

ACI Anywhere

Cisco ACI, the industry-leading software defined networking solution, facilitates application agility and data center automation. Customers can build multicloud networks with a consistent policy model. With ACI anywhere, customers have the flexibility to move applications seamlessly, without compromising high availability and creating a single-fault domain environment.

What Cisco ACI offers

Automation and agility

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

Open and programmable

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

Security and analytics

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

Workload mobility at scale

Deploy and migrate applications seamlessly across geographies with consistent policy.

Cisco named a leader

Cisco is positioned as a leader in the July 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

Cisco ACI solution components

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series

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

Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)

APIC provides single-click access to all Cisco ACI fabric information, helping to enable network automation, programmability, and centralized management.

Cisco ACI Virtual Edge (AVE)

AVE supports the ACI application policy model and provides switching capabilities with high performance and throughput.

Cisco App Center

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

Cisco ACI Virtual Pod

Extend your on-premises ACI data center into clouds that support bare-metal provisioning.

Cisco ACI Multi-Site

Build globally scalable and highly available data center networks with seamless application mobility.

Cisco ACI customer success stories

"We’re adding more workloads and implementing more automation with ACI...it’s very exciting."

- Robert Abner, Senior Network Engineer, Experian

“ACI eliminates manual tasks; a single point of orchestration allows us to push policy across the network.”

- David Martinez, IT Communications Manager, Grifols

“ACI is operationally simple. We have standardized configurations, and changes are easy and fast.”

- Pierre Erraud, Head of Platforms, Cdiscount

ACI Ecosystem Partners

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

Deploying ACI networks

Building your DC fabric

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

Simplify migration

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

Protect your investment

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

The Cisco IT way

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

Automation should be simple

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

Securely automate cloud apps

Automate deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications, and better operate DevOps environments.


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

Featured content

Cisco ACI e-book

Learn how five different industries use Cisco ACI and transformed their data centers.

Cisco ACI Competitive Analyst Report

Read why Cisco ACI is the industry leading SDN solution

ACI Mini Fabric

Try ACI on a lower scale, optimized for smaller or remote locations.

Cisco ACI Demos

Learn how you can leverage the benefits of Cisco ACI.

Related products and solutions

Cisco Tetration

Cisco Tetration offers a holistic workload protection for multicloud data centers. Now available in SaaS and Software-only models.

Cisco Secure Data Center

Protect your workloads everywhere with a comprehensive security architecture.

Cisco Network Assurance Engine

Transforms operations in data center networks to a fundamentally more proactive model.

Cisco CloudCenter

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


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