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Cisco 4.1: Cisco ACI Anywhere Basics & Integrations


Today I am going to talk about Cisco ACI 4.1 version which is a Cisco ACI anywhere which makes network more simple and agile. Now the question is why we require Cisco ACI anywhere kind of environment?

There are number of reasons which makes Cisco to come up with Cisco ACI anywhere like applications are evolving, now workloads are more distributed and the need is for multi-cloud environment.
So with the kind of Cisco ACI anywhere you have
  • Zero touch provisioning with policy driven automation
  • Any Hypervisor, Any workload (Physical, Virtual or Containers)
  • Single Central management with integrated overlay
  • Full network visibility
ACI Anywhere: Multisite
Fig 1.1- Cisco ACI multisite
  • No Multicast
  • No Jumbo Frames
  • RTT: 1sec
  • Distributed gateway up to 12 Pods
  • APIC with automated L2 DCI VXLAN extension

ACI Anywhere: Multipod
  • Multicast on IPN needed
  • Jumbo Frames =1550
  • RTT: 50 ms
  • Distributed gateway up to 12 Pods
  • APIC with automated L2 DCI VXLAN extension

ACI Anywhere: Remote Leaf
  • Zero touch Auto discovery Remote Leaf
  • RTT: 300 ms
  • Distributed up to 20 remote locations
  • APIC with automated L2 DCI VXLAN extension

ACI Anywhere: ACI Virtual POD
  • Virtual Spine-Leaf Functionality
  • AVE Integration
  • 64 AVEs per virtual POD
  • APIC with automated L2 DCI VXLAN extension

ACI Integration with AppDynamics
  • Map applications and Service components to ACI
  • App health status in AppDynamics by correlating ACI network health and Faults
  • Create micro-segmentation based on app tiers

ACI Integrations
  • Automation: SALTSTACK, ANSIBLE, CHEF, PUPPET and TERRAFORM
  • ADC: HAPROXY, radware, Citrix, AVI networks, F5, A10 Networks
  • Workload Management: docker, openstack, kubernetes, Hyper-V, VMWare
  • Security: Fortinet, Checkpoint, Symantec, Infoblox, McAfee, tufin, algosec, radware & Cisco
  • ITSM: bmc, Cherwell, Servicenow
  • Public Cloud: Azure Stack, AWS, GCP, Azure
  • Observability & Analysis: splunk, Zenoss, appdynamics, Sevone

This is a basic article, we will come up with the more information on Cisco ACI and Cisco ACI multicloud as well.