Enterprises have been struggling to take good ideas found in data centers and extend them into the rest of the network, like the campus.
The two worlds have stayed separate for a long time, but people managed to get by without tight integration, since the workloads and network connections were often managed by different groups, and the network traffic tended to have different characteristics.
However, with changes afoot, such as a move toward using more SaaS apps and pressures to improve manageability of remote offices, people realized that some core changes in the enterprise network architecture were necessary.
Ever wonder how Cisco’s policy control used in the data center using ACI can extend to the rest of the rest of the enterprise, such as the campus or branch networks? We saw a hint of those possibilities when APIC-EM was released last year.