We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
We don't license the products ourselves. The clients that we implement for also license it with Cisco. As it stands right now, the licensing structure hasn't been fully fleshed out for ACI. So, if Cisco hasn't fully fleshed it out, I'm not sure what the cost is going to be yet.
We have the smart licensing, but that was supported when we bought ACI. Smart licensing was not there previously. Recently, we migrated to the new code. We had to convert to smart licensing. Licensing is for the overall number of nodes. We have a license for all 1,000 nodes right now.
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.
I'm not involved in the pricing part, but Cisco has come up with Smart Licensing, which is a bit higher. But now they're giving the customers very good discount rates to bring customers in.
Price is always an issue.
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.
We don't use all of the features but it's still worth the money.
The thing that I like the most from Cisco is the support and all the documentation that they have. We do have to pay for it though.
The price could be improved. It is expensive, but then again, it is Cisco. The price is worth what you pay for.
The pricing is pretty good for new technology.
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.
We bought a package for hardware, software, and support. At that time, Cisco was simply selling that package to distributors, then we opted for it directly.
A big company can automate it themselves or spend a lot of money and buy it.