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Cisco ACI Cookbook by Stuart Fordham

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Understanding third-party integration

One of the most attractive reasons to deploy ACI is the ease of integration with other Cisco products (such as the ASAv firewall) and third-party systems.

This integration is performed through OpFlex. OpFlex is an open standards-based southbound protocol, designed to facilitate multi-vendor integration in both data center and cloud networks. OpFlex is important as it distinguishes ACI from other SDN models, which have integration but do not support the full feature set. The easiest way to try and explain this would be to look at it in the context of SNMP.

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) allows monitoring network hardware, and all devices support the most basic MIB (Management Information Base ...

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