Cisco APIC-EM vs. VMware NSX

Cisco APIC-EM is ranked 6th in Network Virtualization with 1 review vs VMware NSX which is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 13 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco APIC-EM writes "Enabling business agility and accelerated time to market with the automated service delivery". The top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Provides Microsegmentation And Good Security Features For North-South And East-West Traffic Across Your SDDC". Cisco APIC-EM is most compared with Cisco DNA Virtualization, Cisco ACI and VMware NSX. VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nuage Networks and Juniper Contrail.
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Eliminating the IT administration silos for our datacenter and infrastructure by providing a single managed and converged infrastructure which provides unified compute, storage, and networking environment with a single point of management.Enabling business agility and accelerated time to market with the automated service delivery.The environment enables a DevOps culture, continuous delivery, and automated processes.

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We secured our organisation with Micro-segmentation.The Distributed firewall is simple to add to the network and rules are easy to implement.To be able to do the DR and SRM migrations from datacenter to datacenter, we're able to do them with SRM with VXLAN, with the NSX product.NSX gives us the ability to put our network, NSX, onto any network there is, which allows us not to have to go to the network team to create networks our VLANs for networks.It's very important for them to have small footprints and have as much services in their servers, as possible.The we can actually extend Layer 2 networking across datacenters, and also Layer 3 networking, which comes along with it.It does have capabilities of micro-segmenting a network, being able to create smaller segments of various types of applications separated by various tiers.The ability to scale from different clouds. At the moment, the scalability of the product is the number one thing that I saw.

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Need a better workflow definition tool with tracking on existing provisioned services, and to improve multitasking in the workflow automation.

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It lacks full knowledge of physical side of the network topology.Just being more knowledgeable about the different functions.It still needs to grow. There are still some features that it doesn't do, like it doesn't do multicasting.Going through and getting more features sets from the routing protocols is definitely necessary for the future.They could branch out to the physical layer.I think that one of the more important things to see better integrated into the NSX product would be an IDS/IPS type solution.

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Pricing and licensing could be improved as we are a government entity. Lower pricing could always help.

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Also Known AsCisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise ModuleVMware Nicira

APIC-EM is a central part of Cisco Digital Network Architecture. It delivers software-defined networking to the enterprise branch, campus, and WAN. Its simple user interface lets you automate policy-based application profiles. With this module, IT can respond rapidly to new business opportunities. 

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
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