The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC EM) extends Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to the WAN and access edge. ACI is a holistic architecture for centralized automation of policy-based application profiles. Through programmability, automated network control helps IT rapidly respond to new business opportunities. APIC EM will be available soon for customers and developers to download at no additional charge using a free membership to the Cisco DevNet community.
Features and Capabilities
The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module and its applications are a part of the Cisco ONE Platform software portfolio. The controller offers customers a low-risk, incremental approach to adopting software-defined networking (SDN) technologies in their branch and campus environments.
Supporting existing infrastructure, the controller offers industry-leading investment protection along with innovation. Using an application-centric approach, the controller automates the provisioning of the entire end-to-end infrastructure to rapidly deploy applications and services.
Benefits: Massively simplified configuration and provisioning
- Software that runs on any x86 server, offered as software or an appliance
- A high degree of openness; built on the open source OpenDaylight Controller architecture
- An advanced GUI with no programming skills required
- Integrated analytics, policy, and network abstraction
The controller automates the deployment and compliance checking of network policies across the entire end-to-end network.
The controller works with the existing network infrastructure so there is no need to do a complete infrastructure replacement. No new network hardware is needed.
Openness, programmability, and customization
Based on the OpenDaylight Controller architecture, the controller is highly programmable through open APIs (representational state transfer [RESTful] and OSGi APIs). It can enable independent and third-party software developers to create innovative network services and applications to fuel enterprise business growth.
Business policy to network configuration
The controller auto-translates business policy into network device-level policy and can enable policy enforcement across an end-to-end network.
The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module automates the deployment and compliance checking of network policies across the entire end-to-end network for superior threat detection and remediation.
Customers also gain efficient change management of access control lists (ACLs). The controller's ACL applications include automating policy compliance checking, troubleshooting ACL configurations, and user-based ACL policy deployment in Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE).
Quality of service (QoS)
The controller's QoS applications include automating network-wide QoS compliance checking and user-based QoS policy deployment. QoS deployment and change management across the entire enterprise network is facilitated through an advanced GUI.
WAN path optimization
The controller's Intelligent WAN (IWAN) application automates the configuration of IWAN and Performance Routing (PfR) on Cisco Integrated Service Routers.