Cisco's Latest ACI Offers DCI

ACI, Cisco's SDN entry, gets greater multi-site capabilities that encroach on the Nexus 7000 story for data center interconnect.

Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

October 12, 2017

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Cisco's Latest ACI Offers DCI

Lost in Cisco's fuss about intent-based networking is the fact that the company had already tried this idea a few years ago, with ACI.

The Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) was the company's answer to software-defined networking (SDN), developed by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) spin-in Insieme. Its architecture was based on a declarative model -- one where a centralized policy engine dictates desired outcomes and the switches configure themselves accordingly.

Release 3.0 of ACI, which came out today, lets that policy engine apply the same rules across multiple locations. Cisco is touting it as a type of Layer 2 data center interconnect (DCI). But, again, that's a market where Cisco already had a product, one that ACI now purports to replace.

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— Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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Craig Matsumoto

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Yes, THAT Craig Matsumoto – who used to be at Light Reading from 2002 until 2013 and then went away and did other stuff and now HE'S BACK! As Editor-in-Chief. Go Craig!!

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