About FortiGate Connector for Cisco ACI
FortiGate Connector for Cisco ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) is the Fortinet solution to provide seamless integration between Fortinet Firewall (FortiGate) deployments and the Cisco APIC (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller). This integration allows customers to perform single point of FortiGate configuration and Management operation through Cisco APIC.
While the FortiGate series of firewalls enable superb firewall services, in a data center environment, the insertion, configuration, and management of network services such as firewall can be quite complex and potentially error-prone tasks. One solution for such data center problems is Cisco’s ACI. Cisco’s ACI is a policy-based framework with integration of software and hardware in the underlying leaf-spine fabric. In Cisco ACI, the APIC is a tool used to automate service insertion and provisioning into the fabric of the network environment. Network service appliances, both physical and virtual, can be attached to ACI fabric’s leaf node through APIC. Traffic demanding certain network services is steered by APIC-managed policies to the appropriate resources. The FortiGate Connector allows FortiGates to be included amongst the list of resources that traffic can be directed to.