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Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2015

What is most valuable?

It's fully-integrated into vCenter, so we can see everything, like vMotion, and can manage fully with vCenter, as well as manage the whole network.

How has it helped my organization?

* It's essential for a software defined network. * Automated systems * Helps to defend policies that we've created * Good for automation

What needs improvement?

It's very new, so there's lots of bugs, and it's only good for testing with PoC customers. We're the first Canadian customers for this product. Infrastructure and logic should have a better connection. There's too much linkage and it's easy for people to get lost.

What other advice do I have?

Look to similar products depending on your budget. Remember, this is in the early stages, so it's still evolving. Be sure to get training for implementation and deployment.
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Practice Manager - Cloud, Automation & DevOps at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 17 2015

What do you think of Cisco ACI?

Originally posted at I recently completed the Cisco ACI Field Engineering course. This post describes the major building blocks of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and how it all fits together. Cisco ACI is the next generation of Data Center flexible network fabrics, it replaces what you currently have with Nexus 2K, 5K and 7K (traditional Core, Distribution, Access or FabricPath architecture). Cisco’s previous TRILL-based leaf and spine technology is FabricPath, which has nothing to do with ACI (based upon VXLAN). The two are not compatible and unrelated, aside from supporting the Clos-type architecture. Cisco ACI is designed to provide a unified fabric for physical and virtual networking, moving away from the management of individual physical…

What is Cisco ACI?

Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) reduces TCO, automates IT tasks, and accelerates data center application deployments. It accomplishes this using a business-relevant Software Defined Networking (SDN) policy model across networks, servers, storage, security, and services.
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