Deployment Model: On-premise
Technology: Data Center and ACI
Publisher: A10 Networks
Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure is the foundation of an application-based data center. The Cisco ACI makes IT organizations more agile by providing a common programmable automation and policy management framework for network, application, security, L4-L7 service and virtualization teams. Within Cisco ACI, the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) is the creation, repository and enforcement point for application policies, which can be set based on application-specific network requirements. Essentially, Cisco APIC serves as the single point of automation and fabric element management in both physical and virtual environments. The APIC communicates with other L4-L7 elements in the fabric via a plug-in (also known as a device package). A10 Networks physical, virtual and hybrid Thunder ADC appliances are integrated into the open ACI infrastructure via the A10 APIC device package, enabling data center operators to deliver automated advanced L4-L7 tenant services on the Thunder ADC appliance with choice of form factor that suits their consumption needs.   A10 Networks device package for Cisco APIC makes it easy to combine A10’s L4-L7 application delivery controllers with ACI’s L2-L3 network fabric. Network segmentation and security policies are enforced consistently whenever a new application is deployed in the network. All A10 appliances run the innovative Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS®). The comprehensive ACOS features and flexibility combined with an architecture that allows the system to scale linearly, makes A10 products ideal for cloud scale and performance requirements. The rich services platform accelerates service integration and manageability via open and standards-based programmability. ACOS is completely Application Programming Interface (API) driven and programmatically exposes rich services for cloud, SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV ) environments. An all- inclusive licensing model ensures flexibility and simplified operations. Furthermore, ACOS features and configurations are identical and transferable across all form factors. The A10 integration with Cisco ACI allows IT organizations to enable automatic provisioning of dynamic L4-L7 application networking and security services, thus reducing application deployment time.
Together, Cisco ACI and A10 Thunder ADC appliances provide an automated approach based on application-specific policies that allow applications to dynamically scale on-demand throughout data centers. Furthermore, the ACI and Thunder ADC integration allows Cisco and A10 to independently innovate and address pervasive requirements of network programmability. As Cisco and A10 continue to innovate, more advanced ADC and security functionality such as service chaining, Web Application Firewall (WAF), SSL Insight™ and Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) will be integrated with Cisco ACI.
Benefits of a joint Cisco ACI – A10 Thunder ADC integrated solution include: • Agility: Data center operators can choose from a selection of Thunder ADC appliances to spawn new instances on-demand and support dynamic L4-L7 service insertion according to tenant-defined or provider-defined policies. With the joint Cisco ACI and A10 Thunder ADC solution, operators can dynamically respond to business needs by providing consistent services in a shared, multi-tenant environment via policy-based automated provisioning. • Automation: Cisco ACI and A10 Thunder ADC integration enables data center operators to build an automatically provisioned application networking infrastructure. Customers can benefit from programmability and open, standards-based RESTful APIs to rapidly instantiate consistent provisioning of networking services to enforce SLAs, compliance and security. • Flexibility: The Cisco ACI and A10 Thunder ADC integration also allows data center operators to automate data center operations with L4-L7 services independent of where services reside. The ACI policy framework provides a common policy abstraction regardless of whether services are physical or virtual, thus enabling choices and flexibility of service deployments. • Lower TCO: ACOS features and configurations are identical and transferable across all appliance form factors. The integration provides all-inclusive licensing and comprehensive programmatic interfaces resulting in quicker integration, and it facilitates dynamic provisioning of services and efficient resource utilization in a shared multi-tenant environment.
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Version Verified Compatible Cisco Product Date Tested
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