Cisco ACI Review

You can automate it. It also has a lot of insight into monitoring and traffic.

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for data center switching. This is what it was intended to do.

How has it helped my organization?

I am a partner, and I implement the solution for other organizations.

What is most valuable?

  • It scales very well. When you increasingly scale with it, it makes the product easier to work with.
  • You can automate it.
  • It has a lot of insight into monitoring and traffic. However, this could also be improved.

What needs improvement?

The interface is sometimes slow. I receive a lot of weird errors when I try to install apps, such as contract apps, which should give me a nice visualization of all the contracts. However, it just doesn't load, etc.

I would like more thought put into the way the graphic part of the monitoring is rendered. When you have a lot of contracts, you can't understand the graphics because they are so loaded.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. I haven't seen it crash.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

While I haven't done big installs, it does seem like it would scale well.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used the technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is a client decision on whether to switch.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't straightforward, but it is manageable. 

What about the implementation team?

We are the integrator for our customers. The installation is straightforward.

What was our ROI?

I am an implementer, not user, of the solution. Therefore, ROI is not applicable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were only considering Cisco. ACI is such a complex solution that I am not sure that are any competitors which can match the product's complexity.

What other advice do I have?

Go for this solution.

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