Technology Leaders Rally Behind Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure

Technology Leaders Rally Behind Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure 
Open Architecture and Diverse Partner Ecosystem Strengthen
Transformational Approach to Data Center Infrastructure and
Application Agility 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 11/06/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) -
Today, Cisco unveiled a bold new vision and portfolio for the data
center that includes an open ecosystem of partners that can help
business applications perform with faster on-demand agility for
customers. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) delivers
the first data center and cloud solution to offer full visibility and
integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT
Leading companies supporting Cisco's Application Centric
Infrastructure include: BMC, CA Technologies, Citrix, EMC, Embrane,
Emulex, F5, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, Panduit, Puppet Labs, NIKSUN,
OpsCode, Red Hat, SAP, Splunk, Symantec, VCE and VMware.  
Cisco ACI combines innovation in software, hardware, systems and
ASICs with a first-of-its-kind, extensible application-aware network
policy model built around open APIs. The open set of APIs enables a
comprehensive ecosystem of management, orchestration, monitoring,
virtualization, network service, and storage partners. These partners
can use ACI's open and extensible application policy model for
automating the visibility, hardware acceleration, and other functions
and services needed to make data center infrastructure support
applications faster.  
This unique new model is designed to accelerate application
deployment from months to minutes. It allows the network to rapidly
respond to the needs of applications while delivering up to 75
percent TCO savings compared to merchant silicon-based competitor
switches and software-only network virtualization solutions.
Together, Cisco is collaborating with this ecosystem of industry
leaders to help stimulate technology innovation, enhance the value of
businesses' existing IT assets, and accelerate market adoption of ACI
by delivering greater business agility for customers.  
Industry Perspective on Application Centric Infrastructure 

--  Delivering the First and Best Application-Centric Infrastructure on
    Vblock Systems - Trey Layton, chief technology officer
--  Delivering OpenStack Innovation Through Collaboration: Red Hat and
     Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat
--  Putting Protection at the Heart of Infrastructure Automation
    Bennett, president and chief executive officer, Symantec
--  Offspring of a Common Vision: Clustered Data ONTAP and Cisco's
    Application Centric Infrastructure
     Jay Kidd, chief technology
    officer, NetApp
--  Application-Centric from Top to Bottom and End to End: F5 and Cisco
    Lori MacVittie, Senior Product Manager, Emerging Technologies, F5:
--  Propelling Applications Forward with Network Visibility and Agility
    Rick Trujilio, product marketing manager, Emulex
--  EMC + Cisco Lock Arms to Deliver Next Generation Data Center
    Pulse Blog
--  When Applications and Networks Unite - The Age of Enlightened
     Abishek Chauhan, CTO, NetScaler Product Group, Citrix

Partner Executive Quotes:  
Gordon Payne, senior vice president, Solutions, Citrix 
excited about the application-centric approach that Cisco is bringing
to data center infrastructure. By tailoring for applications, future
joint solutions will allow our customers to deliver cloud services
more efficiently and effectively than ever. Citrix and Cisco product
development teams are working closely together to deliver tight
integration of Citrix NetScaler with Cisco's Application Centric
Infrastructure for centralized management and improved security. With
this, our mutual customers will be able to migrate smoothly with the
current Citrix NetScaler integrated with Cisco Nexus into this new
fabric-based approach while protecting the majority of their current
investments and operational processes." 
Jeremy Burton, executive vice president, Product Operations,
Solutions & Marketing, EMC Corporation 
 "Infrastructure only exists
to serve the needs of business applications. IT must transform their
infrastructure so it can dynamically adapt to the changing needs of
diverse application workloads. By integrating Cisco's Application
Centric Infrastructure with EMC's best-of-breed storage
infrastructure our mutual customers will have the ability to define
application service levels, automatically provision the right
infrastructure and monitor system execution in a simple,
cost-effective way." 
John McAdam, chief executive officer, F5 Networks 
Application Centric Infrastructure approach provides our joint
customers with greater IT agility and data center automation. The
application policy model is aligned with our customers' business
objectives and with F5's approach towards both application-aware
networking and open, programmable fabrics. By integrating F5
Synthesis into the Cisco ACI fabric, we could support accelerated
application deployment and enhanced visibility with best-in-class
application delivery services for both physical and virtual
Deepak Advani, general manager, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, IBM  
"With our long-term relationship with Cisco, IBM demonstrates our
commitment to offer market leading Tivoli Netcool network management
and Application Performance Management capabilities that support the
latest networking technologies. IBM welcomes Cisco's intent to
provide plugin support for OpenStack and collaborate on OASIS TOSCA
application orchestration standards, which confirms IBM's approach
with SmartCloud Orchestrator for application deployment. This ongoing
collaboration will allow our joint clients to be confident that their
applications will be optimized and managed by IBM's Management
products in conjunction with Cisco's Application Centric
Satya Nadella, executive vice president, Enterprise and Cloud,
 "Microsoft is committed to helping customers realize cloud
computing benefits through our Cloud OS -- a consistent platform
spanning private clouds, service provider clouds and Windows Azure.
We're excited to partner with Cisco to bring together our Cloud OS
and Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure framework to deliver
new integrated networking solutions that allow our customers to take
the next step on their cloud computing journey, whether in their
datacenters or as part of hybrid clouds." 
Tom Georgens, president and chief executive office, NetApp
 "For more
than a decade, NetApp and Cisco have partnered on solutions that have
defined the future of the data center. NetApp brings the power of
Data ONTAP to help organizations dramatically simplify storage
management for an application centric infrastructure. Together, Cisco
and NetApp will work to allow companies to deliver applications to
end-users where they want, when they want, and to any device --
securely, rapidly, and at a lower cost." 
Dr. Vishal Sikka, member SAP AG Executive Board and Global Managing
 "We are really excited to work with Cisco on ACI, and bring
the full potential of SAP HANA, and applications built on HANA --
whether they are traditional applications or completely new,
transformative applications -- to take advantage of Application
Centric Infrastructure and bring the full potential of real-time
business to our customers."  
Steve Bennett, president and chief
 executive officer, Symantec  
"Cisco's application-centric approach represents a big step forward
for our industry, enabling IT to automate provisioning of
applications down to the network layer and monitor the health of
those applications from the infrastructure up -- all through a single
pane of glass. At Symantec, we're driven by a simple vision: free and
safe flow of information that drives people, businesses, and
governments forward. Our deep expertise and range of solutions will
protect customers' information wherever it resides, in the data
center or in the cloud. Together, Symantec and Cisco can deliver a
more secure, compliant and highly available infrastructure for
applications and information."  
Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat
pace of technology innovation has necessitated a new vision for IT
and with its Application Centric Infrastructure, Cisco is introducing
that vision. We plan to extend Cisco's ACI common application policy
framework to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, helping
customers to build rich, application-driven network policies in their
cloud environments. Red Hat is proud to partner with Cisco to deliver
intelligent cloud infrastructure with our OpenStack-powered open
hybrid cloud solutions." 
Praveen Akkiraju, chief executive officer, VCE 
 "As the market
leader in converged infrastructure systems, VCE has excelled at
dramatically simplifying the deployment of next-generation data
center infrastructure for our customers. Cisco's Application Centric
Infrastructure with VCE Vblock Systems can deliver an elastic,
application-aware solution that allows customers to adapt dynamically
to business requirements and provide a unified operational model
across physical and virtual infrastructure. VCE's unique capabilities
will help minimize the risk of adopting Cisco's ACI-enabled platform
and accelerate the deployment of this exciting new data center
building block." 
Additional Resources 

--  Learn more about Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
--  Read blog by Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers
--  Learn more about Cisco data center solutions
--  Read: Cisco Data Center blog

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