Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Anyone who has worked in IT knows that pretty well. Wasn\u2019t it \u201cdo more with less\u201d that became the motto during tight times? But, on the bright side, the economic downturn did lead to a revolution in IT energy efficiency. Nowadays a revolution of a different type is taking shape\u2014one of operational efficiency as a way to streamline the bottom line in the data center.\nHave you heard of a trend called \u201csoftware defined networking\u201d (SDN for short)? If not, look into it! It\u2019s sure to be the next big thing and has already gained a lot of momentum in the business world.\nRead More\nWhile not a totally new concept, SDN is, simply put, just as it sounds\u2014software defined networking. Take your network, get your experts to agree on a governing policy, and let it manage your infrastructure. Simple, right?\nRight now, however, your admins need to install that policy in your switches and routers, make sure that all your equipment is going to work with it, and make sure that disruptions are minimized. Not an easy task. And a bit of a daunting one when you consider that, once you get it working, your SDN might not work with future upgrades without wholesale changes.\nCisco, however has changed this with the introduction of ACI\u2014or application-centric infrastructure. It\u2019s essentially the same thing as SDN, just a lot more organized, compatible, and manageable. In a recent podcast, Mark Levin\u2014a partner and development manager on Cisco\u2019s data center architecture team\u2014covered just what sort of gains a business could see as a result of ACI.\n\n58% reduction of network provisioning\nCapex reduction of up to 25%\nReduced management cost, and more\n\nAnd that\u2019s just the beginning. If you\u2019d like to hear more, check out the Connect with Experts Podcast to find out how Cisco ACI can simply, optimize, and accelerate your data center. And when you\u2019re ready, keep in mind that PC Connection is a Cisco Gold Partner. Our team of Cisco-certified technicians are here to help answer questions and get you started on your path to ACI.