Cloud ACI 5.2: Interconnecting ACI Fabrics Over Cloud Provider’s Backbone at High Speed for both AWS and Azure

If you have 2 or more Cloud Fabrics in the same Cloud Provider you can now (from cAPIC 5.2) use the Cloud Providers backbone for interconnecting these Data Centers (DCI). Prior to this you needed to build IPSec tunnels over the Internet between the sites to achieve this. This gives you the benefit of high … More Cloud ACI 5.2: Interconnecting ACI Fabrics Over Cloud Provider’s Backbone at High Speed for both AWS and Azure

Cloud ACI 5.2: A compelling case for Cisco ACI Hybrid/Multicloud Data Centers

With the Covid pandemic, many enterprises have come to the realization that having a huge infrastructure for your Data Center on-Premise may not be the most cost effective.  A Hybrid Cloud Data Center (onPrem + cloud), or MultiCloud ( multiple Interconnected DC Fabrics in one or more cloud provider) Data Center may make more sense.  … More Cloud ACI 5.2: A compelling case for Cisco ACI Hybrid/Multicloud Data Centers

ACI with IPv6

This is a running list of ACI/IPV6 support notes that I will add to as I learn more items.  Most of the items here have been taken from Cisco ACI Infrastructure Fundamentals Release 5.1(x), Networking and Managemcnt Connectivity.  In addition I’ve also added items here that I’ve obtained by querying the field. Supported: IPv4 only, … More ACI with IPv6

Subscribing Network Insights Kafka Producer to a Kafka topic and streaming events to a Kafka Consumer

Applications frequently need to talk to other applications.  As an example Application A gathers some data and Application B needs to do some custom processing with the output of data from Application A.  When Applications that are split in functionality need to exchange data between each other, there are generally 2 kinds of ways to … More Subscribing Network Insights Kafka Producer to a Kafka topic and streaming events to a Kafka Consumer

Jenkins /Ansible for ACI Orchestration and for Automated Configuration Sanity Check / Pre-verification with NAE/ND and Git integration

Jenkins is an open-source Continuous Integration server written in Java.  With Jenkins you can send configurations to devices using Ansible/Terraform/Bash/Shell/SSH and a variety of other methods / scripts to any device.  Jenkins is very commonly used by developers for creating/testing/deploying code and is an integral part of Infrastructure As A Code.  Jenkins can also orchestrate … More Jenkins /Ansible for ACI Orchestration and for Automated Configuration Sanity Check / Pre-verification with NAE/ND and Git integration

Using ESGs (Endpoint Security Group) in ACI fabric to migrate from Network Centric to Application Centric

In Release 5.0 of ACI a new feature, ESGs was released.  This feature effectively allows us to decouple the security policy construct FROM EPGs which have a relationship to BDs  TO  ESGs which have a relationship to VRFs. I had planned to read up on this feature and rewrite the previous article that I had … More Using ESGs (Endpoint Security Group) in ACI fabric to migrate from Network Centric to Application Centric

Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding

Updates: 5/18/2021:  Deciphering ND Licensing 4/14/2021:  Please use Release 2.0.1d,  not release 2.0.1b (which got deferred)  On CCO downloads, please search for Nexus Dashboard.  2.0.1d can be found at: https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286327743/type/286328258/release/2.0(1d) 2.0(2) should be out anytime now By Now you are probably already familiar with Cisco Application Service Engine.  We had previously written some articles on … More Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding