Cisco ACI for Data Center

Cisco ACI Anywhere, the industry-leading SDN solution, facilitates application agility and data center automation.

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Benefits of Cisco ACI

Automation and consistency

Achieve resource elasticity with automation through common policies for data center operations.

Multicloud acceleration

Extend consistent policy management across multiple on-premises and cloud instances for security, governance, and compliance.

Protect your network with zero-trust security

Get business continuity, disaster recovery, and highly secure networking with a zero-trust security model.

Centralized management

Transform Day 2 Operations to a more proactive model and automate troubleshooting, root-cause analysis, and remediation.

Cisco ACI solutions


With Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, Cisco ACI facilitates application agility and data center automation for:


Optimizes performance, and single-click access facilitates automation and centralized management.


Cisco ACI provides a ready-to-use, secure networking environment for Kubernetes.


Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator offers provisioning and health monitoring, and manages Cisco ACI networking policies, and more.


This solution provides automated network connectivity, consistent policy management, and simplified operations for multicloud environments.

Unlock the full value of Cisco ACI

Automate multicloud data center network provisioning with Cisco APIC, the main component of Cisco ACI, and then optimize with these Cloud Networking innovations.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard

A single platform for full-lifecycle data center automation.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator

Get consistent network and policy orchestration across multiple data centers through a single pane of glass.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights

Automate, monitor, and analyze your data center fabric in real time.

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker

A simple, scalable monitoring solution for high-volume, business-critical traffic.

Networking software subscriptions

Cisco Smart Licensing is a flexible and secure licensing model that provides you with an easier, faster, and more consistent way to purchase, activate, manage, renew, and upgrade software products across the Cisco portfolio and across your organization.

Networking Essentials

For single data centers. Includes both NX-OS or ACI management and operations capabilities.

Networking Advantage

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Includes advanced capabilities on top of Networking Essentials.

Networking Premier

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Get Networking Advantage plus Assurance and Insights Day 2 ops.

Cisco ACI customers say it best

Optimize and protect your network and seamlessly build a hybrid cloud with Cisco ACI.

Kaleida Health

Leveraging Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches and Cisco ACI to align and automate its two data centers.

Rakuten Mobile

"Our Cisco ACI network is one of the largest data center fabrics in the world."

-Ryota Mibu, Vice Division Manager, Cloud Platform, Rakuten Mobile

Skanska Construction

Skanska uses Cisco ACI to improve data center automation, security, and resiliency.

Popular ACI integrations

AlgoSec and Cisco ACI

Provide automated security policy change management for multivendor devices, and risk and compliance analysis.


Correlate app health and network for optimal performance, deep monitoring, and fast root-cause analysis.

HashiCorp and Red Hat

Achieve developer productivity using Cisco IaC integrations with HashiCorp Terraform and Red Hat Ansible.

Cisco Catalyst Center/ISE

Map user identities consistently to endpoints and apps across the network, from campus to data center.

Cisco SD-Access

Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) provides policy-based automation from the edge to the data center and to the cloud.

Cisco SD-WAN

The Cisco ACI with SD-WAN integration helps ensure a great application experience by defining application Service-Level Agreement (SLA) parameters.

New DevOps solutions with infrastructure as code (IaC)

Explore cloud-native automation, a new DevNet automation journey, and ACI integration with IaC tools.


Benefit from a try-before-you-deploy experience with DevNet sandboxes.

Cloud native automation

Embrace a DevOps model that accelerates application deployment.

Cisco-F5-HashiCorp joint IAC innovation

Deploy F5 application delivery with ACI service chaining using infrastructure as code (IaC).

Cisco ACI partner ecosystem

Cisco ACI helps you remain competitive, with better outcomes and faster time to market for your applications.

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