ACI Data, Control & Mgmt Plane: What Protocols Enable Cisco ACI?

Cisco ACI stands as a testament to the evolution of networking paradigms. It’s a transformative approach that redefines how we design, deploy, and manage data center networks. At its core lies the interplay of the Data, Control, and Management plane.

In this video article, I unravel the ACI fabric’s underlying protocols.


  • ACI Data Plane: iVXLAN.
  • ACI Control Plane: LLDP, DHCP, IS-IS, COOP, MP-BGP, IFM & NTP.
  • ACI Management Plane: GUI, CLI & REST API (INB vs. OOB).

I hope this article was useful; feel free to leave a comment or a question.

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