- Intent Based approach
- UCS and HyperFlex evolution using Cisco Intersight
- Cisco CloudCenter evolving
- ACI Anywhere
Let's try and explain all these concepts...
What is Intent Based Data Center?Apps are the new business, as our customers customer is the business developer. Intent based networking is really about building networking in accordance to that, follow the intent of the developers in the networking space. This means that what we used to call Policy, we should actually call Intent.
What is Cisco Intersight?Cisco Intersight: The idea is to achieve the Application Continuity on the Compute level, and also on the Networking and Security level. This means that we need something to keep the coherent policies around our clouds. Intersight is a step in that direction, being the intelligent management cloud platform for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Hyper Flex
What is ACI Anywhere about?One of the ideas of the entire Cloud native approach is to define the Policy Model, which includes Connectivity, Security and other policies, and apply the same Policy Model regardless whether your workloads are in the Public or Private cloud. In UCS we have Service Profiles, while in the ACI we have the Application Profiles. At the moment these only apply in the Data Center, where our ACI is. There are almost 4000 customers deploying ACI at the moment (January 2018). Why not extend this Policy Model to the Public Cloud? Imagine how happy the Hybrid Cloud fans, such as myself, will be when this becomes the reality.
ACI Anywhere has a simple objective: take the ACI policy model to the Cloud. The new Data Center is a Multi Cloud Data Center, so what needs to be done is a consistent management paradigm across the cloud. ACI Multi Site controller allows us to control the ACI on different sites using a single management platform, using this you can choose the Tenants that are "stretched" across multiple ACIs, and the ones that are local to some of them.
To sum up: ACI Anywhere = ACI Multi Site + ACI in Public Cloud