Cisco ACI Previous Solutions

Syed Ali Wajahat
Sr Network and Security Consultant (SDN & Security) at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Currently, we don't have any other SDN solutions, but I have experience with SDN in NSX. I have certification in VCIX, VCIX-NSX, and NV - network virtualization - from VMware. The biggest difference is that NSX is running on compute. It's running on the hypervisor level. But ACI is running as an overlay, on a switching overlay fabric. This is the major difference. In NSX you can put policies closer to the application on the NIC level, but on ACI you have a constraint that you need to reach the fabric to have security policies apply. View full review »
DataCent582b
Data Center Implementation Engineer at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
A portion of Cisco's equipment is going end-of-life. Most of the companies that we implement for are using Cisco Nexus 7K, 5K, 2K so they have 752 implementations and some of their 7K's are going end-of-life. The newer equipment that's becoming available is cheaper. Sometimes Cisco will essentially give it away. View full review »
ITEvolutd7ab
IT Evolution Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We switched to ACI because there came a time to make the decision to either stay with another 10 years with the technology that we had in place or go through this challenge and bet on the future with better, new technologies (and also new skill sets and new setups for our teams). We also try to resell internally to our internal customers and other departments. We help them find new ways to facilitate their core business. We do IT for them, so they need the best possible solutions from us to make their lives easier. Today, it is sort of a nightmare for them too. Every time we have to do maintenance, for instance, on the infrastructure, we have to break their business continuity, which is not always good. View full review »
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SystemsNd760
Systems Network Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using the Cisco 9000 and we reached a point where investment was needed due to depreciation in our infrastructure. We needed to get rid of the old system, and then decide whether to stay with the Cisco 9000 or move to ACI. For us, we decided to employ a hybrid solution that uses both. View full review »
SeniorNe9978
Senior Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our investment reason was purely due to the depreciation of the existing infrastructure. We needed to get rid of the old infrastructure and we had to make a choice. We needed to decide if we were going to use 9000 or if we were going to switch to ACI. We ended up deciding to go both ways. We're going to do some stuff with the traditional 9000 and we're going to do other stuff inside ACI and so it's going to be a hybrid. View full review »
SrNetEng2781
Sr Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not have a previous solution. We had a traditional network. One of the reasons we looked at ACI was that the traditional network was going end-of-support. At that time we had to decide whether to go with the traditional approach or to go with SDN, which is the future, where we can do automation. ACI also has many benefits that network guys can make use of. We could not get that type of visibility: where the VMs are connected and which switches are connected. We didn't have that visibility. Now we can have that visibility into the virtual part as well. Also, if you want to trace a packet, there is a feature that helps troubleshoot. The visibility helps us identify if the server is connected to the wrong feed or wrong LAN. We can immediately try to identify what the issue is, or if packets are being dropped. View full review »
ITNetwor4773
IT Network at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Everyone is getting faster and if you want to compete with other companies then you have to bring services to your customers that are at the level of the other companies. ACI is a way of doing things faster by automating. That's the reason why we have it in our company. We chose Cisco because it was based on certain conditions that had to be met, and of course, also because of the price. It was the best product in terms of price and what comes with it. View full review »
Dash Brousseau
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We are a Cisco shop. Right now, SDN is a buzzword. The next evolution for our company is to have an SDN network. Since we're a Cisco shop, it's ACI. We've been a Cisco shop since day one. View full review »
NetworkE623b
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Director5596
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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 needed investment. View full review »
Assistan77f2
Assistant Director IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We knew we needed to switch to another solution because of security concerns. We needed a zero-trust model. View full review »
Bojan Jambresic
Senior Network Engineer
We switched to this solution to be able to automize. We were starting to migrate our old legacy network from user campuses, backbones, and data centers into SDN technology, and automation was a requirement for the new solution that we chose. View full review »
Director6a4a
Director Engineering at Freudenberg IT GmbH & Co. KG
We started with Cisco solutions and are now switching to ACI, which is the new solution. If it doesn't work how I expect, I will consider exchanging it. View full review »
NetworkAc25c
Network Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We were previously using the Nexus 7000. We upgraded from the Catalyst environment to the Nexus environment. Now, we want to use ACI for automation and integration of third-party hardware. We switched to Cisco ACI because of it improvements to our operations and integrations with third-parties. View full review »
NetworkE88af
Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We were at the end of the lifecycle for the previous solution, which was Cisco Nexus based. We knew that we would stay with Cisco, so the proposal came up to choose between traditional and NX-OS and ACI. Therefore, we chose Nexus 9000, which allowed us to do both. Then, it came down to a decision on which solution to go with, and we thought SDN is the future. Thus, we chose SDN (ACI mode). View full review »
John Sweet
Network Manager at California Department of Corrections
We work on state budget cycles, and several years went by without any kind of refresh. What we had were disparate solutions that were failing, and didn't have the same kind of redundancy or configuration. As such, the users were having a terrible experience so we had to do something. We then looked at ACI and Cisco and positioned it such that it made a lot of sense for us. View full review »
NetworkE6ce9
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We previously had two different solutions. We switched because wanted a more modern, scalable solution with a bigger infrastructure, so we went with Cisco ACI. View full review »
Anders Westermann
Network Specialist at a comms service provider
The old solution was outdated and not scalable. It was difficult to manage in a large scale environment. We do not have many people, so we needed to automate a lot of things. This new product helps us do that. View full review »
Daniele Leonardo De Fancesco
Network and Security Engineer at Lutech Group
With previous technologies, you had to configure everything by hand: the server, the network, etc. With ACI, you can deploy a service in just a couple of minutes. View full review »
NetworkE67f2
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We were moving from one data center to multiple pristine data centers. We started looking into what can we do better operational-wise. We wanted to save time when we needed to implement stuff, etc., and were looking at the latest and greatest solutions. View full review »
MajorCha1741
Major Change Supervisor at Vodafone
We had reached the capacity in the data center. We could build a new data center or buy a new solution so we migrated to a new solution to save space. View full review »
NetworkE663b
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
That decision would have been made by the customer internally, but they would do a LAN upgrade and an RFP. In this case, Cisco ACI came out as the winner. View full review »
Razvan Valceanu
Systems Engineer at a tech services company
This is a client decision on whether to switch. View full review »
Michel RASIAH
Network Engineer at Societe Generale
We were having some issues with our network, so we took some advice from Cisco regarding that product, and looked for another product to replace it. View full review »
Grzegorz Dygon
Specialist Lab Network at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I checked forums and sites. We asked the reseller if Cisco could come in to do a demo. We saw there were some things they could do that we needed in the company so we went with it. View full review »
George Ribarski
Information Security Architect at Progress Software Corporation
The business switched because the legacy way of operating these type of data centers is no longer optimal. View full review »
NetworkA270c
Network Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The desire to automate was a big driver for us to use this solution. View full review »
Federico Nicolelli
Network and Security Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were looking for an automated solution and decided to build from scratch with Cisco ACI. View full review »
ITNetwor78fd
IT Networker Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We decided to go with this product because the Cisco solution had hardware and software built-in. VMware is in the virtual world and so we went with the hardware and the software in the same box. View full review »
NetworkE1539
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We used Nexus 7000, 5000, and 2000 previously. The future is going to be on the data center. View full review »
Pau Sastre Vazquez
Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our previously solution was Nexus, but I prefer Cisco ACI. I think ACI is the better solution. View full review »
Nicolas Deslauriers
Project Manager at Radio France
We did not use another solution before Cisco ACI. View full review »
NetworkEb520
Network Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco ACI was sold to us. Everybody is using it now. View full review »
NetworkAc8df
Network Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Going from legacy data center stuff to Cisco ACI, I saw the value it could offer the company that I was working with. View full review »
CloudAdva9fe
Cloud Advisory Consultant at Accenture
We are a consultancy company. It was mainly the customer who decided to go with Cisco ACI. The decision, however, was based on the benefits from an investment perspective. View full review »
Marcin Dobrzynski
ICT Expert at Orange Polska
This depends on our customers and their change strategy. View full review »
Mathys Chauvain
Network Engineer at BPCE Infogérance & Technologies
We were previously using Cisco NX-OS products, which are physical, but we needed to install virtual. We have large data centers which need to be integrated with vRealize. View full review »
Integratdbf1
Integrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
I was not involved in the process of selecting this solution. Rather, I performed the setup. View full review »
PedroCardenas
Sr. Voice Engineer at SGWS
We did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ACI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
419,360 professionals have used our research since 2012.