ACI first came to light under the Insieme brand and was officially launched in November of 2013. The initial focus for ACI was on Cisco’s Nexus data center portfolio. This week, that expands to the enterprise campus and branch portfolio too.
Jeff Reed, VP and GM of SDN at Cisco, explained to Enterprise Networking Planet that ACI is now coming to Cisco’s widely deployed Catalyst wired switching portfolio and wireless networking gear. The core product form Cisco for Enterprise ACI will be the new Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module.
Reed sees the APIC enterprise module as helping to enable a more agile enterprise. That said, from a practical reality perspective, Reed noted that when it comes to the mechanics of controlling the enterprise network, VLANs, Access Control Lists (ACLs) and the other “tricks of the trade” that Cisco’s current installed base already have will still be used.