Cisco ACI Review

An easier way to manage segmentation and optimize existing hardware

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for Cisco ACI is to separate networks that don't want to talk to each other except for set work.

How has it helped my organization?

We are setting up a whole dev environment. Some of us are purchasing separate hardware. We can optimize our existing hardware by realizing ACI.

What is most valuable?

Cisco ACI can separate networks with a buoy interface. That is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

I wish that if I had to open up an additional tab, I wouldn't have to log in every single time. That would be a feature I would like.

For the licensing model of the system, I still have not gotten another update after eight months. It's telling me I'm not licensed even though I'm told I am by my reseller.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution looks good. The only roadblock is that it is a big change to Cisco networking.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution I cannot rate at this time since I just started.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had to work with Cisco's tech support too much yet. I've been using professional services.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was in the middle. It was straightforward as to what we were doing. Since ACI is a new technology, we had to make sure we didn't start too far apart. I didn't want to break anything. That made it complex.

What about the implementation team?

We used two integrator reseller consultants for the deployment: SHI and BTA. Our experience with them so far is good. Next time, I would want to work with all of the professional services more together.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wanted an easier way to manage segmentation. Cisco offered this and this is also what the resellers were showing me as well. That this was going to be the future of the system. 

Cisco was the main vendor that I chose. We were also looking at Juniper and HP, but they did not have a similar situation. It was kind of a no-brainer.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco ACI at eight.

If you purchase Cisco ACI, make sure you understand exactly how you're going to put it in because it's not going to be easy to work with.

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