If you held a gun to my head and told me to pick the best solution for a next generation data center network solution for a large enterprise with a myriad of requirements such as multi-hypervisor and a moderate amount of physical hosts … I would pick Cisco ACI.
Frankly, I didn’t learn anything new from the NFD presentation about ACI but the one big takeaway I got from it is that a wider audience is beginning to at least understand the theory of the solution. Carly Stoughton (@_vCarly) did an excellent job with her whiteboard presentation and explanation of ACI and it was probably the most effective whiteboard presentation I have ever seen. If you have not seen the videos and you are still perplexed by what Cisco means by ‘Application Centric’ and what makes it different watch the video below. Fundamentally, the answer is the policy model but just watch the video:
You can also find the other videos from the Cisco ACI presentation here:
Again, my biggest takeaway is that I noticed that the Cisco sales team is starting to understand he solution and they are figuring out how to craft the message so that others can easily understand it.
If you want my thoughts on ACI in general you can see my previous blogs on the subject: