The Policy Driven Data Center with ACI: Architecture, Concepts, and Methodology (Paperback)

Lucien Avramov, Maurizio Portolani




Use policies and Cisco® ACI to make data centers more flexible and configurable—and deliver far more business value

Using the policy driven data center approach, networking professionals can accelerate and simplify changes to the data center, construction of cloud infrastructure, and delivery of new applications. As you improve data center flexibility, agility, and portability, you can deliver far more business value, far more rapidly.


In this guide, Cisco data center experts Lucien Avramov and Maurizio Portolani show how to achieve all these benefits with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and technologies such as python, REST, and OpenStack. The authors explain the advantages, architecture, theory, concepts, and methodology of the policy driven data center. Next, they demonstrate the use of python scripts and REST to automate network management and simplify customization in ACI environments.


Drawing on experience deploying ACI in enterprise data centers, the authors review design considerations and implementation methodologies. You will find design considerations for virtualized datacenters, high performance computing, ultra-low latency environments, and large-scale data centers. The authors walk through building multi-hypervisor and bare-metal infrastructures, demonstrate service integration, and introduce advanced telemetry capabilities for troubleshooting.


Leverage the architectural and management innovations built into Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

  • Understand the policy driven data center model
  • Use policies to meet the network performance and design requirements of modern data center and cloud environments
  • Quickly map hardware and software capabilities to application deployments using graphical tools—or programmatically, via the Cisco APIC API
  • Increase application velocity: reduce the time needed to move applications into production
  • Define workload connectivity instead of (or along with) subnets, VLAN stitching, and ACLs
  • Use Python scripts and REST to automate policy changes, parsing, customization, and self-service
  • Design policy-driven data centers that support hypervisors
  • Integrate OpenStack via the Cisco ACI APIC OpenStack driver architecture
  • Master all facets of building and operating multipurpose cloud architectures with ACI
  • Configure ACI fabric topology as an infrastructure or tenant administrator
  • Insert Layer 4–Layer 7 functions using service graphs
  • Leverage centralized telemetry to optimize performance; find and resolve problems
  • Understand and familiarize yourself with the paradigms of programmable policy driven networks



使用策略和Cisco® ACI使數據中心更具靈活性和可配置性,並提供更多商業價值。


在本指南中,Cisco數據中心專家Lucien Avramov和Maurizio Portolani展示了如何通過Cisco應用中心基礎架構(ACI)和Python、REST和OpenStack等技術實現所有這些好處。作者解釋了基於策略的數據中心的優勢、架構、理論、概念和方法。接下來,他們演示了使用Python腳本和REST在ACI環境中自動化網絡管理並簡化定制的方法。



- 瞭解基於策略的數據中心模型
- 使用策略滿足現代數據中心和雲環境的網絡性能和設計要求
- 使用圖形工具或通過Cisco APIC API以圖形方式快速映射硬件和軟件功能到應用部署
- 提高應用程序速度:減少將應用程序投入生產所需的時間
- 定義工作負載連接,而不是(或與)子網、VLAN stitching和ACL
- 使用Python腳本和REST自動化策略更改、解析、定制和自助服務
- 設計支持超級管理程序的基於策略的數據中心
- 通過Cisco ACI APIC OpenStack驅動程序架構集成OpenStack
- 掌握使用ACI構建和運營多用途雲架構的所有方面
- 作為基礎設施或租戶管理員配置ACI布局拓撲
- 使用服務圖形插入第4層-第7層功能
- 利用集中化遙測優化性能;查找和解決問題
- 瞭解並熟悉可編程策略驅動網絡的範式