Cisco ACI Review

The product works very well with our virtual environment

What is our primary use case?

Primary use case is data center software-defined networking. We didn't have this before, so are just moving onto these new products to try to be more efficient with better performance.

How has it helped my organization?

It is more scalable than our previous products. 

The product works very well with our virtual environment.

What is most valuable?

  • Telemetry
  • Analyzing the environment.

What needs improvement?

Because this is new technology, which requires a different way of thinking, it can be hard to understand. Therefore, I would like more documentation or education.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. It allows us to update firmware on the go without any downtime, which we couldn't do before. Everything is redundant, so if you shutdown one system, then another one takes over.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is very good. It is really easy to scale in this product.

How is customer service and technical support?

I haven't a lot of experience with technical support for this product. My colleague has experience with the technical support and says that they are good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

The old solution was outdated and not scalable. It was difficult to manage in a large scale environment. We do not have many people, so we needed to automate a lot of things. This new product helps us do that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. It has been a new technology for us, so we had  look at the documentation and follow the instructions, which were pretty good.

What about the implementation team?

We used a Cisco partner who was very good, since we didn't know everything about the product from the start.

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

The pricing is pretty good for new technology.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only thought about Cisco because they are our primary vendor for network solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Receive education on the new product before you buy it, since it is pretty complex. It is not like the previous products. It has a different way of thinking. However, software-defined networking has a bright future, and it is a good idea to get onboard with it.

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