Cisco ACI Support in Avi Vantage

Avi Vantage supports integration with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Avi Vantage’s Controller-led architecture de-couples the control plane and the data plane. This architecture makes it possible for the Controller to automate the L4-L7, where as the ACI provides L2-L3 network automation for Service Engines.

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Avi Vantage integration with Cisco ACI offers the following advantages:

  • L4-L7 device creation dealt by Avi Vantage.
  • Load balancer (Service Engine) monitoring and application server health.
  • Clear isolation of user roles between the network administrator and load balancer administrator.
  • Synchronization of tenants, bridge domains, EPGs from APIC to Avi Controller.
  • Real-time application analytics.
  • Application protection from L4-L7 attacks.
  • APIC EPG membership monitoring to automatically add or remove application instances from pools.
  • Load balancer auto scaling based on real-time performance metrics (CPU, memory, bandwidth, connections, latency)

Starting with 17.2.10, Avi Vantage has enhanced integration supported with Cisco ACI.

The following table provides a comprehensive list of links to documentation for Cisco ACI integration with Avi Vantage:

Design References
Complete Design Guide Avi Vantage Design Considerations with Cisco ACI
Service Manager Mode via REST API Service Manager Mode via REST API with ACI on Write Access VMware Cloud
VMware read/no access cloud Cisco ACI Network Policy Mode on Read/No Access VMware Cloud
VMware write access cloud Cisco ACI Network Policy Mode on Write Access VMware Cloud
Deployment References
Deployment Guide Cisco ACI with Avi Vantage Deployment Guide
Solution References
Installation Guides Installing Avi Vantage for Cisco ACI
Troubleshooting Guide Troubleshooting Avi Vantage Integration with Cisco ACI