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Cisco brings its data center infrastructure to wherever data lives

January 29, 2019 / MIKE WHEATLEY

Cisco Systems Inc. is responding to the growing spread of data with a new networking architecture that aims to extend enterprise’s data centers to wherever their data lives and wherever their applications are being deployed. The company announced early today at its Cisco Live event in Barcelona that it’s expanding its Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure by making it available on the Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Azure public clouds for the first time. Cisco ACI is the company’s main software-defined networking offering, designed to enable scalable multicloud networks and allow organizations to run their applications in any cloud or location without suffering from reliability problems. The architecture works by integrating things such as hypervisors and container frameworks on which software applications are deployed, regardless of where in the world they’re hosted.