Cisco ACI Other Solutions Considered

Imran Alvi
Network Consultant at Onstack Inc
We are using VMware NSX in our environment as well. We had a customer that was using both NSX and ACI in their environment. The good thing about NSX is that it has really strong support for the virtualized environment. And now the security is an integral part of their network solution, with the Distributed Firewall and the Edge Firewall. But it has some of its own issues because in a virtual environment, when you have big data centers where there is a lot of traffic coming in from the routing site, it's usually not up to that mark. Cisco has better visibility into that. If I compare it with ACI, ACI has a very strong routing component, but it has its own shortcomings. In terms of rating NSX, I'm going to be biased because I work in ACI. I like NSX as well, it is a great product. It has a lot of flexibility because you can use existing servers and install NSX on them and It works pretty well. I rate NSX at six out of ten. The reason I rate it a little bit less than ACI is because its only native, strong support is for VMware. ACI has native support for Hyper-V and VMware. View full review »
ITEvolutd7ab
IT Evolution Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware is one of ACI's competitors. We considered VMware because we also have it in our infrastructure. We chose Cisco ACI, because VMware is just focusing virtual infrastructure and microsegmentation. The idea was to use Cisco for the physical infrastructure and integrate with VMware for the virtual infrastructure. View full review »
SystemsNd760
Systems Network Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're a Cisco shop, so we did not evaluate solutions from other vendors. We already have our partner for purchasing, and all of our relationships were already established. For us, it was simply a design decision between Cisco 9000 and ACI. View full review »
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Mark Hayden
Lead Network Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The number one reason we chose it was that eventually, we will doing some sort of SD (Software Defined) access. When a user gets on the network and they connect, they'll have a persona. We'll know who they are. We'll know what to allow them into. A lot of that'll be controlled through ACI on the data center side. We didn't have SD access. We're still going in that direction. It's going to be a while. View full review »
SeniorNe9978
Senior Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're a Cisco shop so we weren't going to another avenue. We already have our partner for purchasing, all these relationships were established so it wasn't really much to choose in that regard. It was more of a design decision, 9000 or ACI. Originally, we said all ACI but then as we started really getting into the design and having deep conversations with our Cisco account team and the Advanced Services Team, they told us it makes sense to do some 9000 and leave some things as ACI. This is the route we're taking. View full review »
SrNetEng2781
Sr Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated VMware NSX. When we compared the technical solution of ACI and NSX, how the traffic flows from physical to virtual and virtual to physical, there were many parameters which we compared, some of which were critical. View full review »
Dash Brousseau
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We did not evaluate other options because we'd have to reevaluate what we currently use for Cisco. None of our staff is trained for anything but Cisco. Cisco was the only product we looked at. View full review »
NetworkE623b
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Director5596
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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. View full review »
NetworkM787d
Network Manager at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Three years ago when we were starting with this process, the industry said that software defined networking was the way we had to go. At the time, this is the only solution that was available. I was one of the proponents of this solution. View full review »
Platformbd19
Platform Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also evaluated IBM. With the Cisco ACI technology, the programmability enables interaction. The other solutions are not really built for programmability. They don't interact with their databases directly, where Cisco ACI makes this possible. This is one of the many reasons that our organization selected it. View full review »
Bojan Jambresic
Senior Network Engineer
Because of timeline issues, we were focused to use Cisco products and did not consider any other vendors. View full review »
Director6a4a
Director Engineering at Freudenberg IT GmbH & Co. KG
I do not know who was on the shortlist. For me, Cisco is the best solution. View full review »
NetworkAc25c
Network Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We did not consider any other vendors. Because in the network environment, we can only buy Cisco or Juniper. However, Juniper does not have a solution for us. View full review »
John Sweet
Network Manager at California Department of Corrections
We considered Cisco, Juniper, and VMware. Cisco rose to the top because of the support. It wasn't just the sale; they were going to be around afterward. We have a relationship there, that we trust. View full review »
NetworkE6ce9
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also consider Juniper, but we decided on Cisco because Juniper's system scalability and stability are not good. View full review »
Infrastr4106
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Anders Westermann
Network Specialist at a comms service provider
We only thought about Cisco because they are our primary vendor for network solutions. View full review »
Daniele Leonardo De Fancesco
Network and Security Engineer at Lutech Group
As an integrator, we are using the following vendors: * Cisco for the networking side. * VMware for the server side. * F5 for load balancers. * NETSCOUT for visibility. View full review »
MajorCha1741
Major Change Supervisor at Vodafone
We only looked at Cisco because we have all of our routing and switching infrastructure with Cisco. View full review »
Stephane Deroch
Network Architect at Air France
We evaluated Cisco ACI vs VMware. Now, I don't want to switch to another solution. I want to use this one, because it is the only solution that we tried for our use cases to unclog holes, resources, and work loads. View full review »
NetworkE663b
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The only real competitor to this product is VMware NSX. View full review »
NetworkE4953
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also looked at Juniper but their solution isn't stable so we didn't go with them. View full review »
Razvan Valceanu
Systems Engineer at a tech services company
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. View full review »
George Ribarski
Information Security Architect at Progress Software Corporation
It was Cisco ACI vs VMware NSX. Eventually, the client chose Cisco ACI because they had more experience with Cisco and they still had a lot of physical infrastructure to handle. View full review »
NetworkEc10c
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We also looked at VMware NSX. We went with Cisco because they are the most cost effective compared to the other options. View full review »
Gael Ravot
Network Engineer at Etta de Vaud
Cisco is the only company that we seriously considered. View full review »
Federico Nicolelli
Network and Security Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We chose ACI because we have worked with Cisco for a long time and felt that there was no reason to change at the time. View full review »
ITNetwor78fd
IT Networker Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We also looked at VMware. View full review »
NetworkA92ac
Network Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We investigated different products and found that ACI can be used with different workloads (e.g., legacy permits) or with different systems, like Microsoft Hyper-V. Cisco ACI is more flexible as a product. View full review »
NetworkE486a
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We also considered Juniper. View full review »
NetworkE1539
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We always use Cisco. They are our main vendor. We didn't have any competition to compare. View full review »
Nicolas Deslauriers
Project Manager at Radio France
Our network is entirely Cisco, so we did not consider any other vendors. View full review »
NetworkEb520
Network Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Arista was one of the main alternatives that we evaluated. View full review »
Marcin Dobrzynski
ICT Expert at Orange Polska
We also looked at Juniper and Fortinet. We chose Cisco because we trust them. Cisco give us a very high level support and technical information. View full review »
NetworkE07e9
Network Engineer at a political organization with 10,001+ employees
There was only one logical way to go, and that was with the Cisco ACI. View full review »
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