Cisco UCS Director
provides the ability to create an application container that makes use of an
Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) gateway. The Cisco ASAv supports
both traditional tiered data center deployments and the fabric-based
deployments of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) environments. The
ASAv provides consistent, transparent security across physical, virtual,
application-centric, SDN, and cloud environments.
The ASAv brings
firewall capabilities to virtualized environments to secure data center traffic
within multi-tenant architectures. As it is optimized for data center
environments, the ASAv supports vSwitches. The ASAv can therefore be deployed
in Cisco, hybrid, and even non-Cisco data centers, significantly reducing
administrative overhead and improving flexibility and operational efficiency.
For ACI deployments,
the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) provides a single
point of control for both network and security management. APIC can provision
ASAv security as a service, manage policy, and monitor the entire environment
for a unified view of the entire distributed infrastructure. Many APIC
functions can be controlled through
Cisco UCS Director,
including creation and deletion of ASAv gateways.