Being organized and creating consistent configurations is a great virtue in the Networking / SDN / Cloud and computing field. ACI is no exception to that rule. Haphazard, Inconsistent and thoughtless configurations will increase your work and complexity/understanding of your infrastructure once your Fabric grows. In addition it will make it more prone to failures … More Understanding ACI TCAM Utilization & Optimization
This article is meant to point out items that you should pay attention to before upgrading your ACI Fabric and MSO Controllers. The items listed here have been gained through first hand experience where I got pulled in to help customers upgrade and in some cases escalations, where customers had a “not such a smooth … More Upgrading ACI Fabric and MSO, Please Read This first.
In this post, I will show how to Integrate Cisco Cloud ACI Fabric with Native Azure APIM. From cAPIC release 5.1.2 Native Azure Services are supported for cAPIC integration. Previous to this release EPGs were identified by label matching only (ip /region/custom label). For that reason, Native Azure Service support was not possible. This meant … More Cisco cAPIC / Native Azure API Management for serverless Architecture integration
In this post, I will cover a full Native Azure Kubernetes Service Integration Practical deployment with Azure Native File Share Services for Apps. We will cover the following topics: Cisco cAPIC/Azure AKS integration (step by step) Creating File share to be used the K8s apps (we’ll spin up a simple nginx deployment with 2 replicas … More Cisco cAPIC / Azure Kubernetes Service Integration with Azure File Share Services for Apps
I was recently asked this question by a customer and I’m documenting how to do this for the benefit of everyone. Before proceeding let’s gather all the items that we will need to make this happen. Update 10/23/2020: For MSO (on SE) certs the last action is to activate the key-ring. Unfortunately, that part will … More How to apply a cert to the ASE version of MSO?
I’m bringing up this page to keep a running list of ACI bookmarks that are really worth reading. If you are working with ACI these are a must read. My colleagues and I will add to this list over the course of time. So, please visit frequently. Everything you want to know about ACI Contracts … More Good ACI References Worth Bookmarking
Added on 12/03/2020: A temporary workaround if you are using One Time Password / RSA device with Ansible/MSO. Please see bottom of post. Added on 11/24/2020: Interesting discussion on One Time Password with Ansible that customer pointed out. Please see bottom of post update for L3Out was added on 10/8/2020: Please see the bottom of … More Getting Started: Cisco MSO With Ansible (updated: 1/13/2021)
In a previous article for Multinode Service Graphs with Horizontal Scaling of Firewalls for East/West traffic on Azure I had described and guided you step by step on how to configure and test that scenario. I have had quite a few folks reach out to me and request that I do a similar writeup for … More ACI/Cloud Extension Usage Primer (Azure) – Multi-Node Service Graph with North South Firewall Scaling using vNET peering and hosting service devices in HUB vNET (overlay-2)
DISCLAIMER – This post is not meant to take the place of a software recommendation process. Customers should still perform their own due diligence before selecting a software version for their own ACI Fabric. This post is meant to summarize the available ACI Software features, by release, and be used as a quick reference guide. … More ACI / APIC Software Guidance
Recently I had the pleasure to work with the fine folks at the Cisco Proof of Concept labs in Research Triangle Park, NC. Because of the unique times we live in, this normally onsite event was constrained to a virtual event, where we set on WebEx meetings throughout the week and ran through various test … More CPOC Series: Exploring ACI