If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco CloudCenter, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We are implementers, and we are a company specializing in professional services. We don't represent any vendor. We are multi-vendor. We provide professional services. I'm on the sales side. I'm not sure which version of the solution our clients are using. The last implementation we did was for an operator in Bolivia. I would assume we deployed the latest version, however, I don't know the version number. I would recommend the solution in general to the customers. However, companies should note that they need the best product, and they need the best services. It's very, very, very important that the planning, the design, the development, of the solution are all handled properly in order to avoid future problems during installation. In general, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.
We're a Cisco partner and part of the board with Cisco CloudCenter and Cisco ACI, etc. We are using CloudCenter now, and we know that CloudCenter is going to be on its end of life by 2024. We're in process of looking for a new replacement. We're using the latest version, which is something like version 4. Version 5 is on the on-premise cloud-only, and we are not using this. We were planning to migrate to the cloud version, the faster version of Cisco CloudCenter, however, we just learned last week that the end of life was 2024, and so we've decided to not move forward in that direction. It's a good product. It's working. The only thing that I don't like is the upgrade process. However, for the rest of the solution, the product is doing a great job for what we require. I'd rate the solution a six out of ten. The upgrades are difficult and I would note that it is coming up to its end of life, so no more upgrades are really going to happen.
I would advise someone considering this solution to contact Cisco and be briefed by their account manager so that you can see the full breadth of integrators that are available to help build it up fast. Don't try to take it upon yourself to actually learn all of this at a particular speed. Make sure you get the help that you need. Then you'll be able to be running fast instead of walking in six months. If you start crawling, start by walking and you'll be running in six months. If you want to have a return on investment quickly, you'll want to be able to bring it to production and have people using it quickly. Use whatever tools you can from the creator regardless of who it is. Make sure that it's a nice fit with what you're using it for. My advice would be to talk to the vendor. Talk to a Cisco representative and look at how it works. Make sure it integrates with what you have and in the end, make the decision for your company, not for whichever vendor you're buying it from. If it's good for your company, then go for it. I would rate it an eight out of ten.
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