Cisco ACI Review

You can do a lot of things with it because it is a very flexible solution

What is our primary use case?

Right now, we are using ACI Fabric to replace legacy equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

The customer is in a phase where they are building all the Fabric and moving everything. Therefore, it is early to discuss the use case. In the short-term, they plan to use ACI Fabric  to replace everything (their entire infrastructure) that they have at the moment. 

What is most valuable?

You can do a lot of things with it because it is a very flexible solution.

What needs improvement?

There is quite a learning curve at the beginning.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I haven't seen any major issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great. This is the greatest feature of the technology. It is a great improvement in scaling out. It can greatly increase the overall scalability of the Fabric with multi-port and multi side, making it a great product.

How is customer service and technical support?

There is a dedicated support team inside the Cisco, except (instead of them) we are doing all the day-to-day, standard support activities for our customers.

How was the initial setup?

The ACI setup is in its initial phases is difficult. The learning curve at the beginning is higher than a normal setup. However, there is a point in which you have all your objects setup,  policy, etc., then you can reuse them, which is faster compared with a more traditional software, e.g., Nexus 7000 or Catalyst. Once you overcome the learning curve, you can move on with the rest of it.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco ACI is a good solution, so I would recommend it.

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