Cisco announced its intentions of kicking off its field trials for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Virtual Edge. The company plans to introduce ACI to the cloud vendor mammoths: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
The trials were confirmed by Frank Palumbo, SVP global data center and enterprise networking sales for Cisco, in a blog post which stated that Cisco was on a schedule to execute the trails by the end of the year. According to the blog post, “The ACI Virtual Edge is hypervisor independent, offering consistent policy control across multiple hypervisors, with our initial version targeted for VMware ESXi.”
This software-defined networking solution’s inception was aimed to tackle data center complexity by the combination of hardware and software capabilities in a single environment. The introduction of ACI will enable Cisco customers to run applications on private and public clouds. ACI can be employed in data centers, virtual machines and load balancers assisting cloud applications.
ACI which was introduced in 2013 aimed to reduce data complexity by providing an operational framework for configuration, management and operational tasks. As customers transcend to a multi-cloud environment with expectations for consistency across all environments, ACI intends to cater to those very needs with new innovations and developments.