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Splitting Application Tiers Between ACI and NSX with Cisco CloudCenter

WWT Technical Solutions Architect Joe Weber demonstrates the power of Cisco's CloudCenter by deploying an application across two separate SDN technologies.

Cloud orchestration software allows private, public and hybrid cloud operators to deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments.

Earlier this year, Cisco acquired CliQr, a cloud orchestration software company. Cloud orchestration software allows private, public and hybrid cloud operators to deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments. The business outcome that this delivers to customers is a more flexible data center operation that provides an IT organization the ability to figure out and quickly take advantage of the cheapest way to run a company’s software, whether provided by internal or external cloud provider resources. CloudCenter was already integrated with a number of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) networking architectures and UCS compute offerings, making this a very logical acquisition for Cisco.

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During the past few months, our Advanced Technology Center (ATC) engineers have had a chance to work with Cisco CloudCenter to see what benefits it can provide our customers. I just so happen to be one of those lucky engineers working with CloudCenter and I quickly saw the potential efficiency benefits of CloudCenter in a private cloud setup that is built on top of an ACI fabric. After deploying CloudCenter to a couple of our ATC ACI fabrics, I wanted to test out the CloudCenter/VMware NSX integrations. The integration with NSX pertains to the creation of security groups and rules associated with the application model within CloudCenter. CloudCenter allows for an application deployment to be split between clouds, which means one of the tiers of an application can be deployed to NSX while deploying another tier to ACI.

Many of our customers are struggling with network designs consisting of multiple SDN technologies deployed on a single network. I started thinking about how this paradigm of being able to deploy and tear down applications or operating systems in an automated and repeatable fashion could benefit those customers with multiple SDN technologies deployed. I created a demonstration video of CloudCenter deploying an application across two separate SDN technologies, so that our customers could understand the power of having a cloud management platform that can model an application once but deploy it in different clouds or split the application across clouds. Check out the video above.

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