Cisco ACI Review

It has the fastest automation. You can move and deploy services in just a couple of minutes.

What is our primary use case?

We are an integrator, so we work with the finance, health, and public sectors. We use it to automate the data center infrastructure of our customers. 

What is most valuable?

  • Its provisioning.
  • It has the fastest automation. You can move and deploy services in just a couple of minutes. 

What needs improvement?

Previously, the product was a little tricky to use. However, it's now a well developed platform.

I would like to see the data center unification of Cisco ACI with Cisco DNA into a single platform to deliver the data center and campus sides.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. It has 99 percent availability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has large scalability. You can deploy a new pod, rack, or service in just a few of minutes instead of hours or days of work. 

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. I don't use them that much because the platform is very robust and well-documented. However, in the past, we needed them a lot, and they were very useful and helpful.

Which solutions did we use previously?

With previous technologies, you had to configure everything by hand: the server, the network, etc. With ACI, you can deploy a service in just a couple of minutes.

How was the initial setup?

The initial feel of it is a little complex. Not everyone can deploy it, but if you know what you are doing, it's very simple from a technician perspective.

What about the implementation team?

My company is the integrator for this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price could be improved. It is expensive, but then again, it is Cisco. The price is worth what you pay for.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As an integrator, we are using the following vendors:

  • Cisco for the networking side.
  • VMware for the server side.
  • F5 for load balancers.
  • NETSCOUT for visibility.

What other advice do I have?

Immediately buy Cisco ACI. It will simplify your work in a way that you can't even imagine until you try it. The product does what it says it will. ACI is a robust, functional platform.

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