Compare Cisco ACI vs. Cisco DNA Virtualization [EOL]

Cisco ACI is ranked 2nd in Network Virtualization with 64 reviews while Cisco DNA Virtualization [EOL] is ranked unranked in Network Virtualization with 2 reviews. Cisco ACI is rated 8.0, while Cisco DNA Virtualization [EOL] is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco ACI writes "Provides integration with VMM domains and their L4 and L7 devices, like device packages for F5, Palo Alto, and ASA". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco DNA Virtualization [EOL] writes "Good support, feature-rich, and works well from a technical perspective". Cisco ACI is most compared with VMware NSX and Nuage Networks, whereas Cisco DNA Virtualization [EOL] is most compared with VMware NSX.
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The features we find most valuable is the integration with the virtual switches of our UCS platform.Centralized management and control of the entire data center environment and its architecture.The most valuable feature of Cisco ACI is that it is eay to manage. We can automate and it can be scripted. Virtual ACI is very good.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.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.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.The most valuable features are the automation with the different systems for the software development and the ability to provision switches in hours rather than days.The most valuable feature of the solution is the Call Manager.

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Cisco has a good technical support team.The management aspect of the solution is its most valuable feature. Software-defined issues have been good for us. It makes the management process easy.

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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.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.They should make it easier for the network people to do automated solutions.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.In terms of improvement, I would like to see some sort of way to baseline the system in a network-centric fashion.It's a very complex system, as it should be. It's a new way of thinking about networking. Cisco ACI adds complexity. Cisco ACI is extremely complex. That's not necessarily a complaint, as much as it is a fact.The initial set up was complex. We had to deploy 120 leads. Migrating from Legacy Cisco network to ACI was complex.

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It would be helpful to have better information on how to implement this product.The stability of the solution could be improved.

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Once you sign for the start kit implementation, you have to go all the way through to the implementation, even if you are experiences issues.If you compare the licensing and total cost of ACI, it's cheaper than NSX because of the licensing fees. If you are going for full NSX features it will be too expensive, especially the next-generation firewalling feature.We don't use all of the features but it's still worth the money.It's expensive but the product is very good. I have never found another partner like Cisco with a solution like this and with great support.A big company can automate it themselves or spend a lot of money and buy it.We have saved time on the provisioning and configuration.We used Cisco Professional Services for the deployment. They were outstanding, but very expensive.Price is always an issue.

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Cisco products are not cheap.

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Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Virtualization
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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Sample Customers
Bowling Green State University, du, Qatar University
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm18%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider30%
Media Company6%
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Company Size
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise74%
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise86%
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