Cisco ACI Pros and Cons

Cisco ACI Pros

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DataCent582b
Data Center Implementation Engineer at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
In a very general way, the ease of access, ease of use, and ease of connecting the system is a valuable feature in itself. The solution doesn't really increase detection rates as that is not what it was created for. Threat prevention comes in from other devices that might be connected into the Cisco ACI that monitors external traffic. It maintains what end-of-life products would be doing and offers other opportunities to unify solutions.
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SystemsNd760
Systems Network Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is a complete re-write of everything that you've ever thought of from a networking standpoint.
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Mark Hayden
Lead Network Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
It's improved the static configuration of our data center switching environment. But it's added some challenges to our ability to operationalize it and make it easier for people to manage.
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SeniorNe9978
Senior Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With ACI, if you need more capacity you can just buy more and plug them in without needing to do anything else. All of the sudden that infrastructure is there for me to use, configure, and add stuff to.
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Byron Hooper
Senior Network Engineer at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The features we find most valuable is the integration with the virtual switches of our UCS platform.
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Dinesh Thathanath
Sr Manager at Cognizant
The efficiency in terms of the data center latency has been reduced by around 20-30%. Our applications function a lot better. We get a lot of intuitive data to know how our application stack is performing.
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NetworkE623b
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Centralized management and control of the entire data center environment and its architecture.
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Director5596
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is programmability, where we can manage a network via APIs and software, as opposed to having to manage complex hardware.
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Director6a4a
Director Engineering at Freudenberg IT GmbH & Co. KG
We had different networks and combined them with ACI so we could have the control of one controller-based network. Also, everything is combined now.
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Assistan77f2
Assistant Director IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
This product improved the way our company functions by enabling us to establish our goal of moving to a zero-trust model. That's how Cisco ACI helps us the most.
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Cisco ACI Cons

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DataCent582b
Data Center Implementation Engineer at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Figuring out how to implement the product for clients is the area we struggle with the most every day. Perhaps an enhancement would be artificially intelligent solutions, but that would be further down the road.
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SystemsNd760
Systems Network Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would be nice if I could specify network-centric in my design, and the system would organize and set itself up in that way.
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Mark Hayden
Lead Network Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
So far we've had very few issues, a couple of routing things that were glitches within ACI.
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SeniorNe9978
Senior Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of improvement, I would like to see some sort of way to baseline the system in a network-centric fashion.
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Byron Hooper
Senior Network Engineer at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was fairly complex and it looks terrifying when you first log in. That's one thing about ACI. It takes a bit to wrap your mind around how it works. It's not overly complicated once you understand the concepts, but someone who has never worked with anything like ACI, will initially find it difficult to grasp the complexity of it.
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Dinesh Thathanath
Sr Manager at Cognizant
The additional features I would like to see included in the next releases are support for our policy-based routing. There are endpoint issues that are there now in the code. Hopefully, these will get fixed in the future code.
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Dash Brousseau
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
My complaint about this is: We purchased the ACI gear, but to do monitoring, to do stats, to do telemetry statistics, etc. we have to purchase another product from Cisco.
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NetworkE623b
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Director5596
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see a lot more integrations with the rest of the Cisco portfolio.
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Director6a4a
Director Engineering at Freudenberg IT GmbH & Co. KG
Our company had a lot of issues with the starter kit.
I would like to be able to test the upgrades in a simulation before implementing them in production because not everyone has a lab.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco ACI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
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