Integrating a New Cisco ACI Data Center Network

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Company

Johnsonville Sausage has 1,600 employees who are all driven to deliver a quality product in more than 40 countries. They are determined to continually improve their equipment and facilities, as well as the processes they follow to develop their products. They actively seek out new technology in an effort to enhance the Johnsonville brand.

Scenario

Johnsonville recently recognized the benefits that Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) can bring to a data center environment by means of programmability, centralized management, and a flexible switching fabric.

Challenges

They approached AHEAD to help, and our experts proposed services to not only design and build a new Cisco ACI fabric-based data center network, but to integrate it with the existing data center to develop migration procedures for support staff.

The Solution

AHEAD led an effort to migrate existing data center networks (including converting existing vBlock switches) and connectivity from the legacy data center infrastructure to the new ACI-based fabric to establish proper procedures for support staff following the service’s conclusion. AHEAD network engineers additionally installed and configured a new, limited-scale Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric for use as a sandbox/test environment. With extensive data center networking, scripting/programming experience, and seven (7) CCIE certifications collectively, AHEAD was the ideal partner for Johnsonville’s implementation of the newest generation of data center networking solutions.

In Their Own Words

“I needed to get recovery time down from 7 days to 2, in a disaster. They helped me to do that. They changed the way that we do backup and recovery.”

Dan Allensworth, Johnsonville