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Cisco ACI 5.2 with VMware Lab v1

November 2021

The Data Center Practice is pleased to announce that Cisco ACI 5.2 with VMware Lab v1 is available on dCloud to Cisco and Partner users in all dCloud locations.

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) integrates with third-party VM managers (VMMs), such as VMware vCenter, to extend the benefits of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to the virtualized infrastructure. This Lab focuses on the integration between Cisco ACI and the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) which enables you to configure VM networking in the Cisco ACI fabric.

Cisco ACI virtual machine networking provides hypervisors from multiple vendors programmable and automated access to high-performance, scalable, virtualized data center infrastructure. Programmability and automation are critical features of scalable data center virtualization infrastructure. The ACI open REST API enables virtual machine (VM) integration with and orchestration of the policy-model-based ACI fabric. ACI VM networking enables consistent enforcement of policies across both virtual and physical workloads managed by hypervisors from multiple vendors.


  • APIC Simulator version 5.2 – includes Spine 1 and Spine 2, Leaf 1 and Leaf 2, APIC1, APIC2 and APIC3

  • VMware Virtual Center Server 7.0 Appliance

  • VMware ESXi 7.0

  • EMC vVNXe Storage Appliance

  • Cisco Unified Computing System Platform Emulator 4.1

  • Linux Tools Repository (CentOS 7)

  • Active Directory 2019 (Domain Controller)

  • Windows 10 Workstation



View the demo https://dcloud2.cisco.com/demo/cisco-aci-5-2-with-vmware-lab

Visit the Cisco dCloud Help page for more information and training materials

To view all available Cisco dCloud demos, visit dcloud.cisco.com 

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