The New Features Should Simplify Network Management and Improve Security Across Complex Environments.

Cisco on Thursday announced updates to its software-defined networking (SDN) offering, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), with the intent of simplifying network management for the growing number of customers adopting complex, multi-cloud strategies.

The latest release (ACI 3.0) offers improved security and simplified management for any combination of workloads in containers, virtual machines, and bare metal for private clouds and on-premise data centers.

“By automating basic IT operations with a central policy across multiple data centers and geographies, ACI’s new multi-site management capability helps network operators more easily move and manage workloads with a single pane of glass – a significant step in delivering on Cisco’s vision for enabling ACI Anywhere,” Ish Limkakeng, SVP for data center networking at Cisco, said in a statement.