Cisco ACI Review

Gives us a genuine single pane of glass to look through to manage all of our devices

What is our primary use case?

It is an upgrade from our previous data center technology.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has allowed us to redesign our data center environment into more of a zone-based network where we can section off areas. It definitely gives us a lot more security and control in our data center.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that we have centralized management and control of pretty much the entire data center and the architecture of it. It gives us a genuine single pane of glass to look through to manage all of our devices.

We're still in the process of doing the migration. We haven't migrated completely all of our applications out of our legacy into it yet. It was challenging at first, but getting easier now that we're starting to get into it.

What needs improvement?

I haven't been using the product long enough to really be looking for additional features as I haven't exhausted learning about the features that are available.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability seems great. It's stable so far and we haven't run into too many issues at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the product seems great. It doesn't seem to have too many limitations if you want to scale out. We haven't run into any issues yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been pretty good. I haven't worked with them too much with the ACI stuff, but some of my coworkers have and they said they've had good support experiences.

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

I wasn't there for the driving factor behind the switch because I started when it was already being implemented. However, the company was already using Cisco before implementing Cisco ACI. The previous environment was an older version of the data center — 9Ks and 5Ks. Migrating over to the more centralized management of the newer ACI just makes sense.

How was the initial setup?

I wasn't there for the initial setup, so I can't really comment on the initial setup. The only thing I can say is that the setup seems to be an ongoing process.

What about the implementation team?

We had a consultant company help us deploy and it was a good experience.

What was our ROI?

We're still in the process of implementing the product, so I don't know if I'd be able to tell about an actual ROI already or define what that is.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't think there were considerations of any other products when we went to upgrade as it was just an upgrade from the previous architecture.

What other advice do I have?

In rating the product, I'd give it an eight out of ten. It is a pretty stable product and gives us really good central management structure.

It was challenging at first, but getting easier now that we're starting to get into it.

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