Changing application environments are placing new demands on your IT infrastructure. With application workloads deployed across a mix of virtualized and nonvirtualized server and storage infrastructure, your network must provide constant connectivity, security, and visibility across bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud computing environments. For example:
- Application instances are created dynamically, so provisioning, modification, and removal of application network connectivity also need to be dynamic.
- With business units demanding accelerated application deployments, your IT department needs to provide a shared IT infrastructure that addresses time-to-market needs and an increased return on investment (ROI).
- When you deploy a mix of custom, open-source, and off-the-shelf commercial applications, your IT department must manage security and quality of service (QoS) for environments that support multitenancy.
- With applications transitioning to a less monolithic, scale-out, multinode model, your IT infrastructure must scale with the speed of business and provide support for both 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
The Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches include modular and fixed-port switches that overcome these challenges with flexible, agile, low-cost Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™).