Application Centric Infrastructure Special Edition
It has been just a few short weeks since the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) began shipping, building upon the availability of the Nexus 9000 series and laying the foundation for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The feedback from early adopters has been quite positive. As of August 13th, 2014 we had over 580 Nexus 9000/ACI customers and over 60 have bought the APIC within just two weeks. We are highly encouraged by the momentum and are looking to build upon this over the course of our next fiscal year.
Recently, IT leaders have been talking about how software-defined networking (SDN) will usher new levels of business agility into their IT organizations, and it’s clear based on our early results that ACI not only delivers on these expectations but takes a leadership stance in delivering the industry’s best SDN solution.It is therefore a great time for us to take a look at these early adopters, explore and share their motivations for choosing the ACI approach. Customers are genuinely excited with the open architecture and the flexibility and cost savings they get with a true systems approach and it is pertinent to understand their business challenges, architectural expectations and benefits they hope to receive over time.
To create a forum for these stories, we’ve produced a special edition of Unleashing IT-- a publication I’m very excited to share with you as it sheds light on what I truly believe is a transformative innovation.
Our customers join us at Cisco Live conferences around the world to hear how we can help you tackle the most important technology trends. Cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are all driving different business models and compelling opportunities.
The top questions we hear from you are:
What is Cisco’s approach to SDN?
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Can I really deploy applications in hours instead of weeks?
Can I get great — but affordable — collaboration technology into every room, on every desk, every pocket?
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Cisco will be sharing new announcements led by Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco. Joining us will be leaders from leading technology companies -
Citrix -- Sunil Potti, Group Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group
F5 -- Sangeeta Anand, Sr. VP, Product Management and Marketing
IBM -- Inder Gopal, Vice President, Networking Development and Technical Strategy
Microsoft -- Mike Schutz, General Manager -- Windows Server, Management and Appliances Product Marketing
RedHat -- Tim Burke, Vice President, Linux and Cloud Engineering
Expecting multi-vendor innovation around next-generation software-defined networking (SDN)? Hear what Cisco and these panelists from leading technology companies have to say:
Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, who’s delivering a keynote at Interop, will also be joining to share her perspectives on technology and how Cisco IT is embracing aspects of Application Centric Infrastructure.
Miercom performance benchmark records for Nexus 9516
ACI training programs for partners to empower 2 million CCIE/CCNA trained network engineers – Mar 2014
Nexus 9516 and APIC selected as Finalists for Best of Interop – Mar 2014
Next?? Tune into the webcast for more..!
To put great technology solutions into real world perspective, we will also be joined by several of Cisco’s customers from different segments and deployment models, providing insights into their experiences and best practices.
Join me and the rest of the Cisco team, as we continue to redefine the power of IT. April 2nd at 1 PM PST.
I could not have asked for a better start to the New Year. 2014 was quick off the starting blocks with January already setting the tone for the rest of the year as momentum continues to pick up in data center and cloud networking. Here are some highlights of the state of the business, new product introductions and additions to the ACI partner ecosystem -
ACI customer traction continues to get stronger; Ecosystem continues to add new members
Cisco Live! in Milan provided first-hand evidence of the strong interest from customers to learn more about Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Customer briefing sessions were packed and demos in the World of Solutions had strong interest. Hundreds of customers are engaged in proof-of-concepts just in the first 30 days. Select customers have been provided the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) simulator to get them early exposure and help harden the APIC ahead of its general availability targeted for Q2 this year.
The open architecture of the APIC means that it is easier for new technology partners to come on board and integrate. New members coming on board the ACI ecosystem include A10 networks, Cloudera,MapR and Catbird. Expect solution data sheets to be made available closer to the APIC availability.
Watch Soni Jiandani provide details of the momentum building around ACI -
The vision of ACI was also extended to Campus and WAN environments with the announcement of the APIC Enterprise module. Stay tuned for more on this space.
Nexus 9000 continues to break new records – Miercom and Lippis test reports available
The Nexus 9000 has been shipping since Q4 of 2013 and is already breaking new records. Miercom released a report that detailed how the Nexus 9500 is offering the highest performance and lowest latency in 40GbE competitive studies. This supplements test reports released here earlier by Lippis and Ixia that focus on performance, availability, power efficiency and programmability.
True Innovators are not easy to find. In fact, people who build next-generation innovations and succeed are certifiably rare. Repeat successes with these innovations are rarer still. Hatricks are legendary. Anything beyond is best relegated to a rarefied stratospheric atmosphere and dismissed as fiction.
Fortunately for us at Cisco, one need not look too far for such innovators. The team of Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero and Soni Jiandani (affectionately called by some in the industry as the MPLS team) has both the reputation as well as the track-record of not just building world-class innovations, but for successfully converting them into multi-billion dollar global businesses within the Cisco fold. So, when they talk about networking, a subject which they know a thing or two about, most people find it worth their while to listen up.