Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) 5.0 for the Changing World
By Srinivas Kotamraju, Cisco
May 25, 2020
As we navigate these uncertain times, almost
all industries are dealing with the rapid
change of technology, increasing social
changes and a more dispersed workforce.
It is more important than
ever to have a network that is automated and secure from the edge, to
the data center and into private and public clouds to help address some
of the challenges both current and future.
We are very excited to
announce the availability of Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco
ACI™) 5.0 that
helps customers future proof their networks in these challenging times.
With this release, we are extending ‘ACI Anywhere’ to enable automated
Service Provider capabilities for 5G, new capabilities for Cisco’s Cloud
ACI, and Day 2 operational tools.
What’s New with
Cisco ACI 5.0
Provider Networks of the Future
transformations are challenging the telecom providers to develop the
data center networks of the future, which should seamlessly scale,
automate and integrate their infrastructure from the edge to the central
data center and across the transport network. This requires the adoption
of an end-to-end programmable SDN enabled approach across the data
center applications and SP transport backbone.
To meet 5G low latency
requirements, mobile services are moving closer to the subscriber edge,
and drive the demand for distributed compute at the edges of the SP
network. The new SP data center will be where the data is and Cisco ACI
delivers the automation capability needed for the 5G telco cloud. ACI
Segment Routing MPLS (SR-MPLS) and EVPN handoff. Service
providers can inter-connect their ACI based telco cloud to 5G
transport backbone network with end-to-end segmentation.
policy that automates mapping of 5G application and
transport slices for end-to-end SLA that can differentiate low
latency applications from non-critical applications.
can now simplify and scale to 1000’s of application slices
between data center and transport network using a single
BGP EVPN peering.
With ACI Multisite
Orchestrator (MSO) SR-MPLS policies can be centrally
automated across the 5G Telco Cloud sites (central,
regional and edge data centers).
The Cisco ACI 5.0 release
delivers the tools to build a simple to manage, agile, and secure telco
Refer to Figure 1 for an
example of a distributed ACI telco cloud leveraging an SR-MPLS