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    Cisco ACI adoption is growing

     

    By Tom Caldwell, CTO

    Cisco ACI is the industry-leading software defined network (SDN) solution that combines physical and virtual elements, simplifying network operations and management while delivering application-focused network services.

    Cisco ACI facilitates application agility and data center automation. It also provides more of a programmable network for automation and to help simplify the task of management.

    Using ACI, customers are automating common network tasks to simplify their work while also enabling them to evolve toward application-based, policy-driven network services. ACI provides centralized visibility and control so that administrators can manage and troubleshoot network services across their environment. Cisco asserts that ACI architecture presents fewer failure vectors than software-only SDN solutions, enabling ACI to fail less often and recover faster from common network failures (i.e., link or network node failures).

    • Over 6,000 production customers since the ACI launch in late 2013
      This is truly amazing and demonstrates broad adoption globally of a solution acquired from Insieme.
    • ACI support for Amazon and Azure.
      ACI started as an on-premises SDN that worked with select Cisco Nexus hardware. This means that ACI has gone from a Cisco-only solution for Nexus to being hardware-agnostic and now also being cloud-agnostic. So expect to see even more customers announced at the 2020 Cisco Live conferences. This capability really shows Cisco’s engineering commitment to ACI.

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