Network Virtualization Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Director5596 says in a Cisco ACI review
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is programmability, where we can manage a network via APIs and software, as opposed to having to manage complex hardware. View full review »
Imran Alvi says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Consultant at Onstack Inc
The best part of ACI is that it can integrate with a lot of virtual environments like VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM. That's the best feature that sticks out in my mind because I have worked with customers who were looking into different solutions. The biggest selling point for them, which finalized their choice of ACI, was because it supported both Microsoft and VMware. View full review »
DataCent582b says in a Cisco ACI review
Data Center Implementation Engineer at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
In a very general way, the ease of access, ease of use, and ease of connecting the system is a valuable feature in itself. The solution doesn't really increase detection rates as that is not what it was created for. Threat prevention comes from other devices that might be connected to the Cisco ACI that monitors external traffic. The ACI solution maintains what end-of-life products would be doing and offers other opportunities to unify solutions. View full review »
PedroCardenas says in a Cisco ACI review
Sr. Voice Engineer at SGWS
This solution allows you to do everything quicker and more efficiently. View full review »
NetworkM787d says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Manager at a university with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter, as it makes it easier for the systems and network to interoperate. View full review »
Mark Hayden says in a Cisco ACI review
Lead Network Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The good side of it is being able to control your network switching and routing in the data center from a single control point. View full review »
Dinesh Thathanath says in a Cisco ACI review
Sr Manager at Cognizant
The most valuable feature of this solution is the single pane of management. You can have various API integrations and you can have software-defined scripts. Cisco ACI can build things for you which was not possible on legacy networks. View full review »
NetworkEb520 says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the unified fabric. View full review »
Dash Brousseau says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature of the solution is having a central point to log in. I have a simple dashboard that has all my devices connected. That is what I'm looking for. View full review »
Collabor130b says in a Cisco ACI review
Sr. IT System Administration at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature of the solution is the Call Manager. View full review »
John Sweet says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Manager at California Department of Corrections
The most valuable features are the ease of setup for redundancy, as well as centralized control. View full review »
Infrastr4106 says in a Cisco ACI review
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Cisco ACI can separate networks with a buoy interface. That is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Integratdbf1 says in a Cisco ACI review
Integrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the data center communication. View full review »
Principa2c58 says in a Cisco ACI review
Principal Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
This solution is easy to configure, and it is done in an object-oriented manner. View full review »
SeniorNe9978 says in a Cisco ACI review
Senior Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The fact that it's modern and that it's easy to configure are the two most valuable features. View full review »
NetworkE623b says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is that we have centralized management and control of pretty much the entire data center and the architecture of it. It gives us a genuine single pane of glass to look through to manage all of our devices. We're still in the process of doing the migration. We haven't migrated completely all of our applications out of our legacy into it yet. It was challenging at first, but getting easier now that we're starting to get into it. View full review »
Byron Hooper says in a Cisco ACI review
Senior Network Engineer at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The features we find most valuable is the integration with the virtual switches of our UCS platform. It gives a lot of visibility right from the ACI console, the ability to channel out the traffic and segment it without having to get into separate physical hardware or trying to figure out VDCs manually. So far that's been really powerful and extremely useful for us. View full review »
Assistan77f2 says in a Cisco ACI review
Assistant Director IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature at this stage is that it can do segmentation without running everything through a firewall. You're able to do segmentation without having firewalls in the middle of all your connections. It is extendable to other data centers. You can extend your Layer 2 VLANs over Layer 3, using VXLAN. View full review »
NetworkE1539 says in a Cisco ACI review
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature of Cisco ACI is that it is easy to manage. We can automate and it can be scripted. Virtual ACI is very good. View full review »
ITNetwor78fd says in a Cisco ACI review
IT Networker Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the automation with the different systems for the software development and the ability to provision switches in hours rather than days. Automation is the main criteria why we chose to go with this solution. View full review »
SystemsNd760 says in a Cisco ACI review
Systems Network Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is a modern, next-generation solution, and it is where the platform is going. I have been told that this is an easy solution to configure, but we are just starting to deploy it, so that is to be determined. View full review »
Syed Ali Wajahat says in a Cisco ACI review
Sr Network and Security Consultant (SDN & Security) at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Among the valuable features are the integration with VMM domains and their Layer 4 and Layer 7 devices, like device packages for F5, Palo Alto, and ASA. We are also doing automation from ACI and we have integration with Azure. With the Azure stack integration we can have total automation. We can configure the EPGs from there, and we can configure load balancing functionalities from there as well. The most useful feature is that you don't need to configure anything on ACI itself. You can configure on Azure and it will provision your application. This is the highest level of automation in Microsoft. In the second level of integration, you create the EPGs and the gateways on ACI yourself. Then, it will be configured on a SCVMM and you tag the VLANs there. It removes the hassle of configuring code groups and VLAN tags on the VMM, the virtualization domain, on the virtualization platform. You configure within ACI, and it will be visible there. It removes the networking administrative part from the system side, and you have complete control there. You can also have microsegmentation. You can have isolation for a certain part of the EPGs. In addition, you have a complete fabric you can connect to and you can have a static binding all over the fabric. You don't need to configure specific VLANs or run different cables. All of switches are connected to the spine, so you have complete reachability all over the fabric. You can have multi-tenancy. You can have multiple fabric configurations for different types of connectivity. You would not have this on normal switching fabric. View full review »
PaulIlavarasu Balasekar says in a Cisco ACI review
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features include * microsegmentation * L3 Out features * the common tenant and tenancy model. Regarding microsegmentation, generally, in Layer 2, there are restrictions between VLANs. When you do microsegmentation, by name, by IP address, or MAC address, you can create a microsegmented EPG and you can group within an EPG. Generally, all the endpoints that are part of an EPG can talk to each other. But when you create a microsegmented EPG you are creating restrictions. Regarding the tenancy model, when you have a host data center and multiple customers and you want to build a dedicated infrastructure for a customer, you have to physically suppress the devices and you have to think a lot about security features. But with ACI, you don't need to buy a dedicated setup for each customer. Using one setup, you can create multiple tenants, and each tenant represents one customer. There are common services that are used by all the customers, like a DNS server or any web servers. You can keep the servers on the common tenant. In that way you can use the tenancy model efficiently. View full review »
DarrylG says in a Cisco ACI review
Technology Support Specialist at Fujitsu
It adds a layer of complication but one area where it has an advantage, a benefit, is that you're able to reuse a specific integration. If you add another server, you can use a specific integration and assign it to another port. You can back up the configuration, restore a configuration. It's easier compared to the traditional way of keeping a text file of the configuration. With ACI the management itself has been improved since you can manage it using the graphical user interface. There a lot of integrations that can be done. VMware can be integrated with ACI, that's another advantage, although we did not use it as much because the client also has its own virtualization software. View full review »
SrNetEng2781 says in a Cisco ACI review
Sr Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are many features which are useful, like the automatic completion of the VXLAN. We don't need to configure any part of the VXLAN, which is tedious to do. View full review »
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