Business requirements define Applications. Applications run on IT infrastructure. If the IT infrastructure is more responsive to the needs of applications, then, it almost certainly guarantees better business outcomes. That is the premise of Cisco’s next Data Center webcast to be broadcast on January 13th at 9 AM PST/ 12 EST – Is your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy? (Click Link to Register!)

Today, more than ever as the pace of change accelerates and disruption is the name of the game, CIOs and IT infrastructure leaders from all over the world are taking a closer look at how data center infrastructure can be better tailored to fit the needs of applications. Can the pace of change become an opportunity?

Eight global customers in production (including Cisco IT) from countries like Brazil, Qatar, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States that have deployed the Nexus 9000 and APIC come together to answer this question in our webcast focused on Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This will be followed by an ACI Ecosystem partner panel coming together to discuss the benefits of multi-vendor collaboration.

SDN, ACI, Nexus
Nexus 9000 and ACI customers

This is where Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure or ACI fits in. Our customers call it a Game Changer. While there are many components that come under the ACI umbrella, I would like to draw your attention to three that you will hear Cisco customers and ecosystem partners talk about in this webcast – First, the Nexus 9000 – a best of breed, award-winning networking building block for ACI. Next, you’ll hear them discuss how application centric policies are redefining automation and continuing to raise the bar for software defined networks (SDN) with the application policy infrastructure controller or APIC. And finally you’ll also hear several ACI technology ecosystem partners discuss the open approach and how we can together deliver greater value to data center IT.


The customer adoption has been fast paced. 1000+ customers for the Nexus 9000. 200+ customers globally that have purchased the APIC and are embarking on their SDN journey. And 34 technology ecosystem partners as of December 2014 (a shout out to Check Point Software Technologies joining as the newest ACI ecosystem partner)

The momentum is picking up! Shipping Products. Customers in production. Multi-vendor Collaboration. It doesn’t get better than this.

Join Cisco, its customers and partners to discover how Cisco ACI is A Game Changer for IT to deliver Better Business Outcomes.


Shashi Kiran

Senior Director, Market Management

Data Center, Cloud and Open Networking