These solutions provide a common policy based operational model across Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure ready networks. As a result, you can reduce cost and complexity without compromising data center functionality. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure security solutions can be managed as a pool of resources, allowing administrators to intelligently stitch them to applications and transactions using the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). With Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure security solutions scale on demand, has programmable automation, and provides transparent policy based security for both physical and virtual environments. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure security solutions allow organizations to take full advantage of the power, flexibility, and performance.
Meet the latest step in the evolution of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances — the Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv). This appliance brings the power of Cisco ASA to the virtual domain and private cloud environments. It runs the same software as the physical appliance to deliver proven security functionality. You can use it to protect virtual workloads within your network. Later, you can expand, contract, or shift the location of these workloads over time and span physical, virtual, and public cloud infrastructures. In the past, computing infrastructure elements were implemented with specialized hardware built for that purpose. With the advent of x86 server virtualization and the need for more power. Businesses are deploying their computing, storage, and network infrastructure with virtualization for the benefits they gain. These include deployment flexibility, increased server utilization, and ease of management.
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Security
The appliance has been fully and transparently integrated into the fabric of the next-gen Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure data center architecture. For those deployments, the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller provides a single point of control for both network and security management. It can provision the appliance’s security as a service, manage policy, and monitor the entire network and security environment for a unified view. This approach removes the limitations of traditional network oriented security solutions, allowing for significantly streamlined provisioning. In the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure topology independent environment, Cisco ASAv services are managed as a pool of security resources. These resources can be selected and attached to specific applications or transactions to provide dynamic, scalable, policy based security.
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller
The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric. The Cisco APIC provides centralized access to all fabric information, optimizes the application life cycle for scale and performance, and supports flexible application provisioning across physical and virtual resources. Centralized application-level policy engine for physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. Detailed visibility, telemetry, and health scores by application and by tenant. Designed around open standards and open APIs. Robust implementation of multi-tenant security, quality of service (QoS), and high availability. Integration with management systems such as VMware, Microsoft, and OpenStack. Designed for automation, programmability, and centralized management, the Cisco APIC itself exposes northbound APIs through XML and JSON.
Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance
Purpose built for data center security. The Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance brings full Cisco ASA firewall and VPN capabilities to virtualized environments to help safeguard traffic and multi tenant architectures. Optimized for data center deployments, it’s designed to work in multiple hypervisor environments, reduce administrative overhead, and increase operational efficiency. The Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance runs as a VM inside a hypervisor in a virtual host. Virtual switch independent, it may be deployed in Cisco, hybrid, and non Cisco based data centers. VMware, KVM, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud platforms offer flexibility and choice. Predetermined configurations accelerate and simplify security service provisioning to match the speed of application deployment. These configurations provide the appliance with critical security functions that dynamically scale to protect assets as business demands change.
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
Build a next-generation automated data center. Cisco Nexus 9000 Series delivers proven high performance and density, low latency, and exceptional power efficiency in a range of form factors. The switches operate in Cisco NX-OS Software or Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) modes with ground-breaking Cloud Scale ASIC technology. They are ideal for traditional or fully automated data center deployments. Get industry-leading performance with Cloud Scale. Cisco Cloud Scale technology brings you a two-year innovation advantage. Its 16-nm technology provides seven times more endpoint density for greater scale. Users gain 50% faster application completion time, as well as pervasive visibility with built-in Cisco Tetration sensors and intelligent buffers. All switches can operate in standalone mode. Many also support ACI. Cisco Cloud Scale ASIC is available across both modes.
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