As part of its recently launched application Centric Infrastructure Initiative ( ACI) , Cisco introduced a control policy Infrastructure (APIC ) Enterprise Application Module to extend the applications of high-performance data center to wide area networks (WAN ) networks local area network ( LAN). The ' goal is to provide companies with complete visibility of their networks by automating network configuration and policy, and managing applications across the WAN and access networks .
The Cisco APIC serves as a single point of management and automation of tissue elements in physical and virtual environments .
The Cisco Enterprise APIC module consists of three components: a database of network information , statements, policies and infrastructure automation .
To address the security issues , Cisco APIC automates rapid threat detection and network-level mitigation through integration and automation of Cisco security solutions Sourcefire . To manage compliance through branches and offices, the Cisco APIC offers quality across the network service (QoS ) , and WAN speeds ( IWAN ) Smart distributions. It can also be used with third-party solutions to provide an orchestration and management of end - to-end WAN.
Cisco said its APIC frees up time for IT otherwise the configuration of network computers and devices update policy changes by the device would be spent. Automates many IT functions that allows configuration changes and policy to be pushed out to individual components of the network instead of requiring IT to update each manually. Also allows policies automatically adapt to changes that would otherwise be very difficult to configure the network.
Cisco APIC supports both new and existing network infrastructures , through a selection of network interfaces API (Application Programming) , including onePK OpenFlow and Cisco Command Line Interface ( CLI). The Cisco Enterprise APIC module is also compatible with the new SDN- ready devices and old Cisco networking equipment that enables the automation of IT as ACI with Cisco for a large existing installed base that eliminates the need to remove and replace the existing network equipment to take advantage of this new feature.
The Cisco Enterprise APIC module uses " intelligent orchestration engine Gluware " glue Networks The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module will be available at the end of the first half of 2014 and at no additional cost for existing and new Cisco SMARTnet customers. http://thenetwork.cisco.com
Cisco Centric presented its data center infrastructure and application clouds.In a press event in New York , John Chambers , ACI has been described as the next big transformation in the IT sector driven by the imperatives of application economy.
ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software -defined networking (SDN ) , Chambers said , since it brings agility and visibility with full automation and integrated management of IT assets, both physical and virtual network system, levels of tenant and application. The architecture promises a way to get on change over 100,000 ports and can support more than one million IP endpoints in a column for the data center with a capacity of 60 Tbps pay-as - you-grow . A basic premise is that the network must adapt to application needs by inserting the string dynamically and L4- 7 network services , virtual and physical infrastructure, including firewalls, application delivery controllers and systems intrusion detection . The new architecture has been designed for multi -tenant environments cloud, providing real-time by the tenant and the status of implementation , statistics and troubleshooting . Real-time analysis is used to make intelligent decisions about the placement of the application.
The base is a driver for the implementation of ACI Policy Infrastructure (APIC ) , improved the operating system versions NX - OS change the data center, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switch-based technology to the across networks , Cisco spin- in the beginning - even when it is acquired and re- integrate into society .
The Cisco APIC cluster is a centralized controller that manages the activities from the activation of tissue, the switch firmware maintenance , configuration and policy consulting network . Cisco APIC is
Completely removed from the data path . The " north APIC exposes an API through XML and JSON, and provides an interface to the command line interface (CLI ) and graphical user interface that uses this API to manage the fabric. Delivered as an appliance.
The new Nexus 9000 platform can work both ways and optimized NX - OS ACI - NX - OS through the addition of APIC . Cisco said that this dual functionality provides investment protection and a migration path to ACI if a software update .
The new switches use custom ASICs for silicon and scalable to meet business when marketing problems . Cisco said its platforms support 1/10/40G ports with support for future transitions 100G in existing data centers and next generation . Also new to the portfolio Nexus 9000 is a modular switch design - backplane that promises free energy and more efficient cooling . Both support Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 the bridge and routing functions NVGRE VXLAN and hardware.