Cisco Adds Docker Support to ACI SDN Portfolio

Cisco Adds Docker Support to ACI SDN Portfolio Image Credit: Cisco

Cisco has unveiled a new software release for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with the aim to improve its Software Defined Networking (SDN) portfolio built on open APIs, open standards and a flexible ecosystem. The enhanced ACI that powers its Nexus platforms boasts support for Docker based containers, as well as other virtualized applications such as VMware VDS and Microsoft Hyper-V. The new release will also extend ACI capabilities across multi-site environments to deliver policy-driven automation across multiple data centers. 

Cisco said that the new componenets of the ACI ecosystem enable the automation of entire application suites, including Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS), helping organizations to automate across their application and infrastructure teams. 

Cisco claims to have over 5000 Nexus 9000 ACI-ready customers using its open platform that supports any hypervisor, any cloud management platform, and any workload – whether physical, virtual, or container.  

Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco
Customers tell me that only five to ten percent of their networks are automated today. They are eager to adopt comprehensive automation for their networks and network services through a single pane of management, while improving security for east-west traffic, multi-cloud traffic and bare metal applications in a consistent manner. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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