Cisco Network Assurance Engine Review

We were doing real-time analysis, and this solution prevented us from doing anything wrong. However, it should have TACACS+ and RADIUS authentications.

What is our primary use case?

We use it for validating the sign and the implementation of the network stuff in ACI. 

It performs well. There are some issues, but it is getting there.

How has it helped my organization?

During some changeovers in the bridge domains, we were moving IP addresses from the old network into ACI. We were doing real-time analysis, and this solution prevented us from doing anything wrong.

What is most valuable?

The real-time analysis is its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

It needs authentication beyond just local and LDAP. It should also have TACACS+ and RADIUS.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is really good. I have never seen it crash.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't tested the scalability yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

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

This is a pack for customer. We needed it because they were fumbling around trying to figure out what they did wrong. With Network Assurance, they can (in a short amount of time) show what went wrong on a screen in a report.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy and straightforward. Just follow the instructions and you can't go wrong.

What about the implementation team?

I am the consultant for the deployment.

What was our ROI?

The customer hasn't bought it yet. It is running as a PoC.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only considered Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

Try Cisco Network Assurance Engine out, as it is really good. It's much better than you think.

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