Cisco ACI Competitors and Alternatives

Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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Real User
Technology Manager
Dec 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features would be the easy management and the possibility of using our existing vSphere environment so that we don't need to purchase a new hardware… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The reusability of the objects for the switches has improved our client's organization. For example, if I do some sort of vMotion, there is no need to recreate the portal… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like them to make integration with other vendors easier.

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

It has saved us CapEx. They should adjust the license for NSX so that we can invest in the infrastructure or purchasing of new hardware. This solution is reasonably priced… more»

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

I'm involved in the decision making. My boss would say that it's time to advance the customer so we'll look into a solution. We were already a VMware-based customer so our… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight because of its ease of deployment. I'm a partner so this is what I mostly care about. Also because of the ease of scalability. If… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers usually compare NSX to Cisco ACI. The main issue is the underlying network that VMware does not provide visibility to. They chose NSX because they were… more»
Real User
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is programmability, where we can manage a network via APIs and software, as opposed to having to manage complex hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to ACI, a network upgrade or network change would be much more complex than it is now. Reducing complexity means that it is faster to make changes.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a lot more integrations with the rest of the Cisco portfolio. I would like to have ACI embedded into HyperFlex, as an example.

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

Our previous solution was legacy, three-tier networking. The market is changing, and software-defined networking is becoming the way to do business. Our network was the last piece to keep up, so it… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody researching this solution is that you have to test it. You can't take the stats on paper. Rather, you have to actually do the R&D to see it in a real environment. I think a lot of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated solutions from Cisco, VMware, and HP. Cisco's solution, from a software perspective, may be slightly behind, but from a hardware perspective, it's the most scalable and best to support.
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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