Cisco SDN Guru Speaks Out On ACI Adoption, Competition With VMware, Arista


Cisco: Our ACI Strategy Is 'Very Sound'

Soni Jiandani knows a thing or two about the data center. A 21-year Cisco vet, Jiandani has led the charge on several Cisco "spin-ins," including Nuovo Systems, whose core technology became the basis for Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS). More recently, Jiandani was senior vice president of Insieme, the software-defined networking spin-in Cisco formally acquired last year. As such, Jiandani has played a key role in the development of Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI), the networking titan's flagship SDN platform that leverages a mix of hardware (namely, its new line of Nexus 9000 switches) and software (APIC controller, which ships in June). Jiandani sat down with CRN last week to talk ACI adoption, what's next for Cisco in SDN and how ACI stacks up against rival technology from VMware and Arista Networks. Here's what she had to say.