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Syed Ali Wajahat
Consultant
Sr Network and Security Consultant (SDN & Security) at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

Among the valuable features are the integration with VMM domains and their Layer 4 and Layer 7 devices, like device… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Normally, when you're configuring your core switches and your normal switching fabric, like Nexus or any of the HP… more»

What needs improvement?

Where there is room for improvement from ACI is for Layer 2 and Layer 7 packages. Normally, when you're updating your ACI… more»

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

If you compare the licensing and total cost of ACI, it's cheaper than NSX because of the licensing fees. If you are going… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Currently, we don't have any other SDN solutions, but I have experience with SDN in NSX. I have certification in VCIX… more»

What other advice do I have?

If somebody is planning to implement ACI, it's mostly because they want their network to be centralized and they want… more»
Imran Alvi
Consultant
Network Consultant at Onstack Inc
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The best part of ACI is that it can integrate with a lot of virtual environments like VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM. That's the best feature that sticks… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The improvement I have seen after ACI has been implemented is that companies that wanted to implement a service lifecycle of any services, or that… more»

What needs improvement?

Better troubleshooting features would be helpful. In ACI, it can be a big mess, a real headache to troubleshoot a single issue. Cisco should work… more»

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

I'm not involved in the pricing part, but Cisco has come up with Smart Licensing, which is a bit higher. But now they're giving the customers very… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan. Don't jump to a conclusion, plan it. You should first know your infrastructure and what your targets are, what you are trying to implement… more»
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DarrylG
Real User
Technology Support Specialist at Fujitsu
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

It adds a layer of complication but one area where it has an advantage, a benefit, is that you're able to reuse a specific integration. If you add another server, you can use a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has made it simpler and easier for non-Cisco personnel to come in and configure stuff because it is easier to understand, compared to when you configure Nexus using the CLI… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that makes it a lot more complicated is the way contracts are handled in ACI. Contracts are like their own access lists. They can improve the setting up of contracts… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you can afford it, it's a very good solution. It's a high-end solution to put a data center on. Also, you need the right people to use it. It would be better if you had some… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
IT Evolution Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 05 2019

What is most valuable?

Once we have it running, it should be easier for us to program our IT rather than going case-by-case, by switches and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Financially, it should be an improvement because we expect everything will converge in the tool. Therefore, we can change… more»

What needs improvement?

Interoperability with third-party products always seems so straightforward, but every time you need to invest a lot to add… more»

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

We bought a package for hardware, software, and support. At that time, Cisco was simply selling that package to… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched to ACI because there came a time to make the decision to either stay with another 10 years with the technology… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution to anyone with a similar use case, though try for a greenfield solution or project instead… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Sr Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

There are many features which are useful, like the automatic completion of the VXLAN. We don't need to configure any part of the VXLAN, which is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is no need to configure all the switches, you can configure them from the device controller. In day-to-day activity, it creates an installer… more»

What needs improvement?

They should improve the GUI, make it simpler. They also need to improve its integration with other automation tools. In terms of additional… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Know exactly what you are looking for and what workloads there are. If your company has workloads based on virtualization of VMware, you should… more»
PaulIlavarasu Balasekar
Real User
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include * microsegmentation * L3 Out features * the common tenant and tenancy model. Regarding microsegmentation, generally, in Layer 2, there are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Some of our cloud-based customers integrate it with UCS Director or CloudCenter and are able to automate services. ACI supports automation, like Ansible automation or HTTP automation… more»

What needs improvement?

They are still working on Multi-Site and Multipod but there are many customers that are looking for these in their Features page. We are having challenges with these features. For… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate ACI at ten out of ten. I don't see any bad features in it. I always think about the positive side. I don't see any negativity on the ACI side. There are a lot of… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
IT Network at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Feb 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The centralized management of the entire network data center, in this case with ACI, is the most valuable feature. By having access to some powerful APIs you can build your own tool… more»

What needs improvement?

The error messages should be improved. Sometimes we want to remove an error message so we acknowledge an error and we would then like to remove it but there's no real way of doing… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the error messages. In order to get to a ten, they need to have a better way of telling if something is really important… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Network Engineer at CS Computer Systems
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It eases our deployment. Now, we use service requests when there's a project and we have to deploy it. So when the networking team gets a service request it'll be two clicks, anyone… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Now, our customers have tiers of management that have meetings with about the simplest tasks because it has to be approved from upper management and senior management and by the time… more»

What needs improvement?

If I was a customer who is using the ACI to run my network, I would like for there to be more information about it available. While using the ACI in the graphical interface, I would… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. I would advise a colleague to definitely try it. Mess around with it, test it as much as possible because it's a new solution. It's different from… more»
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