In October 2018, I heard a presentation from Cisco about the future of ACI. The presentation was entitled “ACI Anywhere.” The idea was to talk through how Cisco is expanding ACI’s footprint from the data center to other locations, including the cloud.
The Cloud APIC was the most interesting part of the ACI Anywhere vision to me. Cloud APIC is an instantiation of a APIC cluster on AWS. The APIC cluster then interacts with AWS in a cloud-native way, enforcing security groups and so forth by mapping ACI directives onto AWS directives. Fascinating.
In the presentation I saw, Andy Sholomon mentioned that the Cloud APIC was early. He even said “alpha” along the way. Even so, this functionality is out there, and my understanding is that it’s a part of the ACI 4.0 release, announced in late October 2018.
In this video, I think through the practical implications of running a Cloud APIC and ACI site on AWS. I use the “fast, cheap, good–you can’t have all three” approach, which I think is reasonable here.
To see the presentation I saw, have a look at this recording from Tech Field Day’s TFD17 event. The video starts at the Cloud APIC section of Cisco’s ACI Anywhere vision.