Cisco expands Application Centric Infrastructure to WAN and access networks

Cisco has expanded the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution with the launch of Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module, which extends ACI solutions beyond the data center to the WAN and access networks.

IT professionals are struggling to deal with the size and complexity of the networks to deliver consistent high-performing applications, from the data center to wide-area networks (WAN) and local access networks (LAN).

The extension of APIC delivers Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities that allow the network to become more agile and responsive to the dynamic demands of applications and users, Cisco said.

The announcement also comes on the heels of the launch of Cisco InterCloud, a hybrid cloud  solution that paves the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds.

Cisco expands Application Centric Infrastructure

The extension – Enterprise Module of the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) -allows IT organizations to have complete visibility into their networks, automating network and policy configuration while managing applications across the WAN and access networks.

This automated process can handle traditionally repetitive and complex tasks, eliminating mundane operations from IT personnel so they can focus on more strategic work that will help grow their businesses.

The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module provides the unique ability to see the entire network as a single entity, instead of individual network elements. The result is reduced network complexity, accelerated application rollout across wired and wireless infrastructure, and more efficient network management and troubleshooting.

Cisco APIC also frees up time for IT that would otherwise be spent configuring networking equipment and updating policy changes device by device. It automates many IT functions enabling configuration and policy changes to be pushed out to the individual components of the network instead of requiring IT to update each one manually.

Further, Cisco APIC also enables policies to automatically adapt to network changes which would be very difficult to set otherwise. As a result, IT can instead spend time creating innovative business applications using network intelligence, and have a direct impact on the business.

Cisco APIC uniquely supports both new and existing network infrastructures, supportinga selection of network Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), including OpenFlow, Cisco onePK and Command Line Interface (CLI).

Cisco APIC Enterprise Module also supports both new SDN-ready devices as well as older Cisco network equipment, enabling the same IT automation as with Cisco ACI for a large existing installed base that eliminates the need to rip and replace existing networking equipment to take advantage of this new functionality.

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.

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