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Quick Take: Cisco Unveils ACI — New Private Clouds Can Try It; Other I&O Pros Should Wait

Cisco's Insieme 'Spin-In' Is Directionally Correct, But Many I&O Pros Can't Take Full Advantage Of Its Features Until Q2 2014

November 12, 2013

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On November 6, 2013, Cisco announced the company's newest next-generation data center solution — Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) — that includes new hardware, new firmware, and a new controller. Forrester believes that this announcement legitimizes the industry's movement to software-defined networking (SDN), but this doesn't mean that infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should jump in just yet. This report helps I&O professionals understand the implications of Cisco's announcement and whether and when they should invest in these new components.

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