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.