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Cisco presented its Data Center Anywhere vision during its Cisco Live event. It concerns a new architecture to bring the data centre to every place where data is stored and applications have been deployed. There are several solutions under Data Center Anywhere, which will be available later this year.

Cisco’s intent-based networking solution Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is reflected in the vision presented today. ACI must provide operational simplicity, application agility and protection in the data center. Cisco indicates that it can handle all hypervisors and container frameworks on which applications are deployed.

With ACI Anywhere, Cisco promises to take ACI to every workload, every location and every cloud. In order to achieve this, the company will come up with Virtual ACI and Cloud ACI. Virtual ACI is available for bare metal clouds and remote edge locations, while Cloud ACI integrates with AWS and Microsoft Azure. Although Cisco’s announcement refers to every cloud, it does not mention Google Cloud or IBM Cloud, for example.

HyperFlex for offices and CloudCenter Suite

Cisco also brings Hyperflex to branch offices. This enables customers to use HyperFlex with Cisco Intersight to extend the computing and storage capabilities of their data centers to the edge. In this way, applications are provided with computer power at the edge, which is generally seen as a method of processing processes faster. This is due to the fact that the tasks are processed locally, instead of being sent to another location first.

Finally, the new CloudCenter Suite falls under Data Center Anywhere. Cisco introduces this section by highlighting the complexity of managing applications across multiple clouds. With this component, the company promises full Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), better workflow automation and cost optimisation. How Cisco intends to achieve this is not entirely clear in the announcement.


Cisco will make Virtual ACI, Cloud ACI and HyperFlex 4.0 with Cisco Insight available in the second quarter of this year. The on-premise version of CloudCenter Suite will be available this quarter, a Software as a Service (SaaS) version will be released in the second quarter.

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