ACI 101 – Policy Overview

Welcome back to another blog in the ACI 101 series. In the video below I’ll be giving an overview on the policy side of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure. Mainly we’ll be concentrating on the Application Profile. The Application Profile, in the context of ACI, refers to how we deploy applications on our network as well…

ACI 101 – Logical Network Constructs

Here we are again, with another #ACIMonday! This week I’ll be giving an overview on some of the basic constructs in ACI. These aren’t necessarily new concepts if you’re familiar with networking and data centers or private/public clouds already. We’ll be talking about tenants, VRFs, and bridge domains. A tenant is basically a logical separation…

Cisco ACI – Creating Contracts

Part of the beauty of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure is the idea of contracts. In ACI we talk a lot about the idea of the policy driven network. Those policies are what we call contracts. Contracts aren’t totally unlike ACLs, but there are some big differences. First, ACLs usually go between IP addresses or subnets,…

Adding Phsical Servers to Cisco ACI Fabric

This article describes how we connect physical, or bare metal, servers to the ACI Fabric. A while ago I wrote an article about adding VMware integration to your ACI fabric. This is of course a very important step, as about 70% of people’s workloads are virtual. However, that number has been pretty static over the…