SDN JOURNEY PART 2 – CISCO LIVE!
So, as the dust settles on Cisco Live 2014, here’s my thoughts on Cisco’s SDN stance as of today.
Cisco are undoubtedly “hanging their hat” on their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Instead of focusing on networking solutions, they’re focusing on Application challenges – rather than configuring the network device, APIC pushes policy to it. At the heart of this brave new world is their APIC Controller (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller).
Having sat through a number of SDN-flavoured sessions, and by speaking to a number of Cisco representatives, I can report that the APIC controller is the answer to all your needs – regardless of what they are. The APIC controller will just “program” all your problems away. From datacentre network virtualisation, through WAN Path Computation, through NFV orchestration.
So, from not even mentioning the term “SDN” at all just a few months ago…
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