Cisco CloudCenter Other Solutions Considered

Sebastien Morisette
Senior Architect Principal Infrastructure at Intact Financial Corporation
We looked at another product that I believe is high ranked, which is another product from Cisco that we've used in our internal data center, our traditional data center, to actually accelerate our deployments inside the traditional data center. So that was one of them that we were kind of looking at and we wondered why we should use a new one if we already have that one in our hardware center instead of being a software application. So the development and evolution of that product put emphasis on change a little bit. We felt we were better equipped with the cloud-based there. And there are other competitors that we had also considered at the time, but the problem was always the same thing: "How will it mix with the rest?" "How does it function with all the technology that is not in the VMU?" So in the end, the choice was more about impact and change. I need a broader set of functionalities that I found in one product and no discrimination from the other one at the same time. Both products evolve and I'm sure we could have done a pretty good job with that one as well. We did have other vendors on the shortlist. The issue was outside of CloudCenter. CloudCenter for us was a given, because of the stack that we were using in the integration with this. It turned out to be a very heterogeneous environment from a compute perspective. Other vendors, like software-defined networking operators, were not cutting it to cover all of our needs. So eventually you get into a situation where you actually select one product and then it helps you find synergies in ways that show you why you would actually choose the other one. This led us down a path where if you wanted everything to integrate together and work and be able to have one head to knock on if ever something didn't work right, we want it to be with one vendor. That's typically what it needed to be done and a lot is to be able to confirm our choice of having a cloud service. View full review »
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