Fortinet Device Package for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), previously called FortiGate for Cisco ACI, is the Fortinet solution for providing seamless integration between FortiGate/FortiManager firewall deployments with Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). This integration allows customers to perform single point of FortiGate/FortiManager configuration and management operation through the Cisco APIC. This device package breaks down into Service Manager Mode (FortiManager) and Service Policy Mode (FortiGate).
While the FortiGate series of firewalls enables superb firewall services, the insertion, configuration, and management of network services such as a firewall can be complex and error-prone tasks in a data center environment. One solution for such data center problems is Cisco ACI. Cisco 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 the ACI fabric's leaf node through APIC. Traffic demanding certain network services is steered by APIC-managed policies to the appropriate resources. The Fortinet Device Package allows FortiGate to be included amongst the list of resources that traffic can be directed to.