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Real User
Sr. Regional Director, US East at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 02 2019

What is most valuable?

While automated micro-segmentation is in itself valuable, application dependency mapping is time-saving and efficient.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco Tetration provides visibility into networks and additional security. This improves the entire organization by saving time, resisting attacks, and allocating resources properly.

What needs improvement?

While the product does its job and more than any organization currently needs, the entire interface could be improved. It's ugly and uninviting. The biggest competitor has a very nice, modern-looking… more»

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

The cost depends on the size and the implementation. The larger the implementation the more cost effective it becomes. There are two different types of licenses. If you want to add enforcement there's… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product does everything that you need it to do and more. I would definitely rate it a 10 out of 10. It does a lot to provide visibility in a network environment, save time and money, and makes… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only other product we considered before deciding on Cisco Tetration is Illumio, which is a direct competitor. It is possible to string together multiple tools from the VMware side that can create… more»
Brice ABRIOUX
Real User
Information Security Engineer at ENEDIS
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is security. We check processes on the different components of the virtual machines.

What needs improvement?

The scalability of this solution needs to be improved. For us, we are not yet at the breaking point, but it is a question. This is an agent-based system but it is not clear how to efficiently deploy an agent. If you discover new assets, you can ask the neighbor on the network for functional sites… more»

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

We have also used Check Point CloudGard and Carbon Black. We stopped using Carbon Black because it is only for another website service.

What other advice do I have?

You need to have a team with a good understanding of your information systems in order to have benefits with this kind of solution. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to define what you want to use, and what you need from the tool. You can't have rules that are too strict in… more»
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RahulRao
Real User
Senior Manager Cloud Ops and Engineering at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The telemetry gives me the visibility on the particular path. It helps to analyze the whole fabric itself. I also get to know what condition we have and on which interfaces. We look at heavy traffic so we can share the particular load… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the analysis we have, we are only looking at the features of application sales and our books during the month. What we really needed was to know how the traffic flow is and what the latency is. We have a server team which comes back to… more»

What needs improvement?

The problem is that we can only deploy the particular solution where we have the hardware with Cisco. This is only FX series switches, which have the hardware sensor built, and we have to deploy the software sensor.

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

The pricing is a bit higher than we anticipated.

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

We initially only had the network monitoring and insight software. The network monitoring solution, SolarWinds, was the first. We also went back with Riverbeds as a unit model draft of the quality but that did not make sense to us. We tried… more»
fhofman
Reseller
Presales Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Feb 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the auditing. They prove that we don't have out of scope conversations between servers that are not allowed.

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of proving that all the access control lists are in place and all the EPGs are correct, we can just point the auditor to a dashboard and point out that there aren't any escaped conversations. It saves an enormous, enormous amount of time.

What needs improvement?

They should scale down the hardware a bit. The initial hardware investment is two million dollars so it's a price point problem. The issue with the price comes from the fact that you have to have it with enormous storage and enormous computes. I would also like to see them develop more flexible… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. I would advise you to give it a try. Call Cisco and get a demo, try it in a lab, and go for it.
Real User
Network Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature right now is to do with having visibility on the network — especially on our servers — and to be able to enforce some type of security measures. This is mostly to combat processes that shouldn't be running on the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One thing for sure about improvement to our organization and that is we do have several applications with no servers. It's hard to identify what port every application is using. So by using Tetration, it runs an agent and will let us know… more»

What needs improvement?

A feature that I was looking for was emailed alerts and notifications so we'd get them right away. I don't know if it is there or not yet but I haven't had enough time to explore and find it. The search capabilities can be improved as well.

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

If you have a somewhat limited budget you may find the scalability limited. The product does not seem to be.

What other advice do I have?

For me, the solution is a nine out of ten. I really like it. It's a great tool that will help give visibility to a data center and network, understand processes that are running within the data center and be able to enforce rules and… more»
Real User
Head Cloud Workload Protection & CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution offers 100% telemetry coverage. The telemetry you collect is not sampled, it's not intermittent. It's complete. You see everything in it, including full visibility of all activities on your endpoints and in your network. Other valuable features include vast support for annotations, flexible user applications, machine learning, automatic classification, and hierarchical policies.

What needs improvement?

The multi-tenancy, redundancy, backup and restore functionalities, as well as the monitoring aspects of the solution, need improvement. The solution offers virtually no enterprise-grade possibility for monitoring. Example include: The onboard features do not allow remote detection of simple hardware failures. There is no backup option for the data lake. The cluster cannot be deployed in a… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model along with MSSP, a service provider. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.
Darko Petrovic
Real User
Solution Architect at Comtrade Group
Jan 31 2019

What is most valuable?

Scalability is its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

It is not so easy to use and configure. It needs a bunch of further resources to work, which is mainly the biggest downside of it. The deployment is huge.

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

The price is outrageous. If you have money to throw at the product, then do it.

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

We were not using a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

The product should be easy to use, but it is not. Comparing it to other products, it was very complex. There are cheaper products out there which are simpler to use than Tetration.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We possible looked at a vRealize solution, but our customer did not want to consider VMware because it was not Cisco. The customer was a Cisco shop and did not even inquire regarding the price of the… more»
Pavan Raj
Real User
Data Center Manager at Cox Communications
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the solution is that we don't have to do packet captures on the network.

What needs improvement?

Cisco Tetration needs more flags and system alerts that we should get with network capture. We haven't gotten into the security aspects of it. From a troubleshooting perspective, there are a few areas they can improve. There should be more types of data.

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

We didn't have anything like Cisco Tetration before. We were previously considering ACI. We decided not to use it.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate Cisco Tetration an eight or nine. I'd like to see better documentation for advanced features. The documentation is fairly basic. I would also like to see better integration with other applications. It's still a maturing product at the beginning of the… more»

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What is Cisco Tetration?

Cisco Tetration offers holistic workload protection for multicloud data centers by enabling a zero-trust model using segmentation. This approach allows you to identify security incidents faster, contain lateral movement and reduce your attack surface. Its infrastructure-agnostic approach supports both on-premises and public cloud workloads.

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