What Application Centric Infrastructure means for your business

In July I first wrote about our vision for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) following our announcement at Cisco Live in Orlando. At that time, I quoted a blog post by our CTO Padmasree Warrior but wasn’t able to share what the introduction of ACI meant to our Canadian customers.

But now I can. 

New user demands and shifting application requirements are imposing demands on data centers and cloud infrastructures across Canada. Management models are shifting from being box-centric to a holistic view. Again and again we hear that applications and business IT leaders expect a simple, flexible, automated and agile infrastructure that better aligns with the needs of the entire application lifecycle from development to deployment.

But this is easier said than done. Critical Applications continue to be non-virtualized. We need to bring consistency across physical, virtual and cloud network environments without compromising scale, security or visibility. To meet the data center and cloud application and infrastructure requirements for Canadian businesses over the next several years, a new approach is required.
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Why? Because according to our Global Cloud Index, by 2017 global data center IP traffic will reach 644 exabytes per month. This is up from 214 exabytes per month in 2012. Clearly businesses are going to need a more efficient, agile way to move their data.

Cue ACI.  In the ACI Fabric, the needs of applications drive network behaviour, not the other way around. Pre-defined application requirements and descriptions automate the provisioning of the network, application services, security policies, tenant subnets and workload placement. Automating the provisioning of the complete application network reduces IT costs, reduces errors, accelerates deployment and makes the business more agile. This focus allows for both traditional enterprise apps and internally developed apps to run side by side on a network infrastructure designed to support them in a dynamic and scalable fashion.

By itself, this alone is an incredible opportunity for our Canadian businesses to transform their network environment. But there’s more to ACI than what I’ve written about today. If you’d like to learn more about how we’re redefining network infrastructure, read the press release, visit our website and stay tuned.

About Karin Scott

Karin Scott is the director of public relations for Cisco Canada. A Canadian tech PR industry veteran, Karin joined Cisco Canada in 2008 after leading the Cisco account on the agency side for 12 years. With a diverse communications background ranging from the performing arts to data centre, Karin works with Cisco Canada’s sales teams, customers, partners, the media and industry influencers to tell the Cisco in Canada story. She has an honours BA from the University of Western Ontario – and is an excellent parallel-parker! Karin Scott est la directrice générale des relations publiques pour Cisco Canada. Karin, qui a longtemps travaillé dans le secteur des relations publiques de l'industrie canadienne des technologies, est entrée au service de Cisco Canada en 2008, après avoir géré le compte de Cisco pour une agence pendant 12 ans. Karin, qui a des antécédents en communication très diversifiés, allant des arts de la scène aux centres de données, travaille avec les équipes de vente, les clients et les partenaires de Cisco Canada ainsi qu'avec les médias et les joueurs clés de l'industrie afin de raconter l'histoire de Cisco au Canada. Elle détient un baccalauréat spécialisé de la University of Western Ontario – et est un as du stationnement parallèle!
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