Cisco ACI Review

It can be used with different workloads and systems, making it a very flexible product

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for automating our data center. We are moving from a classic legacy data center to new data center, with Cisco UCS. The first implementation will have multiple implementations, then we will move ahead with a Multi-site implementation next year. 

How has it helped my organization?

We are still in the development phase.

What is most valuable?

It improves security and automation. It is stable and provides flexibility with different workloads. It is also more powerful from a security point of view.

What needs improvement?

The areas for improvement are automation and user-friendliness.

If I lose the connection from one side to the core, I can't use the other side to go to the core. I hope in the future, this will be fixed.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support as a nine out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex, because we had to work with Cisco Professional Services to find the correct solution for our implementation.

What about the implementation team?

We directly used Cisco Professional Services for our implementation. They are very professional.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We investigated different products and found that ACI can be used with different workloads (e.g., legacy permits) or with different systems, like Microsoft Hyper-V. Cisco ACI is more flexible as a product.

What other advice do I have?

Pay attention to the implementation and interconnections between the data centers with this product. 

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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