Cisco ACI Review

It was easy to set up, because our plans for migration were very detailed

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for Cisco ACI is to migrate a legacy data center, including the new infrastructure.

The product has performed well. 

What is most valuable?

Automation is its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The challenging thing about Cisco ACI was we had to put a lot of effort into providing the customer the full picture, new standards, and new technology that they had to use. This was more challenging than deploying the product.

There should be more focus on training and support.

I would like to see is more integration with services and service graphs.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The project is pretty small, but from what we have seen, it is scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

There have been challenges with the technical support. Though, the product is almost three to four-years-old, there are still things that only a few people can solve. So, Cisco should put more effort into training their people.

Which solutions did we use previously?

The business switched because the legacy way of operating these type of data centers is no longer optimal.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to set up, because our plans for migration were very detailed. We didn't have any problems with it.

What about the implementation team?

We are the partner and the integrator.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was Cisco ACI vs VMware NSX.

Eventually, the client chose Cisco ACI because they had more experience with Cisco and they still had a lot of physical infrastructure to handle.

What other advice do I have?

It is one of the better solutions in the market right now.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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