Hi Cisco ACI followers!!!  There is a lot of information about Cisco ACI and APIC, but not so much about service insertion for Layer 4-7 services and how to properly deploy it. If you are already knee deep in a current deployment, planning for a new deployment, or even just looking to understand how it is done, check out our design guide as well as deployment guide for BIG-IP and ACI.

Click here to view the design guide

(http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/application-centric-infrastructure/white-paper-c11-735490.pdf)

Click here to view the deployment guide

(http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/application-centric-infrastructure/guide-c07-736160.pdf)

The guide provides step by step instructions on configurations needed for Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2 operations. It talks about how to physically connect the BIG-IP to the ACI fabric, how to import a device package into the APIC, how to enable APIC and BIG-IP to communication and really how to manage the BIG-IP configurations (network and application) via the APIC.

The guide has some great tips on how to troubleshoot the service insertion process and also provides insight on the upgrade path from one device package to another.

Step by step guidance to deploy the following scenarios are covered:

  • One ARM Service Insertion
  • Two ARM Service Insertion
  • Two node graph (ASA + F5)
  • End Point Group mode

Some Videos to help you understand more