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Zeray Assefa
Real User
Director of Network Operations at a government
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is easy to manage. Another valuable feature is the fact that you can individually upgrade the specific parts of the product. Compared to other products like… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the product can improve dramatically in the area of deduplication. With deduplication as it is, you have 30 or 40% of the storage that can't be used because the deduplication is not efficient… more»

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

My advice about the product is simply that it's not cheap. If you have budget limitations it is best to look elsewhere.

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

Through conferences and other research, we became aware that there were products which would serve our needs better. Previously, we needed a dedicated storage person to do storage, a dedicated BMR… more»

What other advice do I have?

I can safely rate this product as an eight out of ten. This is because it's scalable and you can upgrade it as if you are upgrading a server. In any other solution with hyper-convergence, you can't do… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider other products like Dell EMC VxRail, Nutanix, and another company. We had EMC VNX storage, BMR and such. Hyper-convergence made more sense. The big thing for us was being able to… more»
Imran Alvi
Consultant
Network Consultant at Onstack Inc
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The best part of ACI is that it can integrate with a lot of virtual environments like VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM. That's the best feature that sticks out in my mind because I have worked with customers… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The improvement I have seen after ACI has been implemented is that companies that wanted to implement a service lifecycle of any services, or that wanted to do automation, really improved their… more»

What needs improvement?

Better troubleshooting features would be helpful. In ACI, it can be a big mess, a real headache to troubleshoot a single issue. Cisco should work on the troubleshooting part of ACI. The… more»

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

Plan. Don't jump to a conclusion, plan it. You should first know your infrastructure and what your targets are, what you are trying to implement because, when you are more security focused, Cisco ACI… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are using VMware NSX in our environment as well. We had a customer that was using both NSX and ACI in their environment. The good thing about NSX is that it has really strong support for the… more»
Real User
Sr Solution Architect at NetDesign
Feb 21 2019

What is most valuable?

Most of our users are Cisco customers, so it fits in within the suites we use. Primarily for me, as a solution architect, it's the technology and architecture that is the most valuable. I know from my… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have some large customer managing some large hospitals in Denmark and it's very easy to make changes and expand with solutions around the hospitals. The management of the system can be done in a… more»

What needs improvement?

We are moving further out with more cloud solutions, so we need HyperFlex to be more cloud-connected. They should develop more connection to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud because our customers… more»

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

Our customers know its time to switch solutions because of the demands from their users to deliver faster and to be more prepared for meeting their customer's needs. They're using my company and… more»

What other advice do I have?

I rated this solution an eight out of ten because there's still a little room for improvement. I would advise someone considering this solution to connect with Cisco, use the resources that Cisco has… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered IBM and Dell EMC. They go with Cisco because they're using Cisco in most of their environments so it's the easy choice. As long as Cisco provides the technology and the features… more»
Jacobo Levy
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
May 12 2019

What do you think of Meraki Dashboard?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is network security and reporting.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization by centralizing control of multiple clients and sites.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is their support, and they get better every day.

What needs improvement?

The pricing for this solution needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than six years.
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a healthcare company
Apr 24 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the nicest things is that parts of it are highly intuitive. For instance, black-listing, white-listing, and things of that nature are very easy to do and they're very intuitive. You wouldn't… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the things that I like most is that, since we do have a Cisco Enterprise agreement - we have a lot of Cisco products - we're able to consolidate reporting a lot better. Reportability is a lot… more»

What needs improvement?

We find bugs, just like anyone else. We bring them to Cisco's attention. If there was one area I would like to see improved it might be having someone who can help us when Cisco comes out with a new… more»

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

We were using Proofpoint and then we switched to Cisco. As I mentioned above, reportability was one of the main reasons we switched, but the biggest one was cost. If you can get an equivalent… more»

What other advice do I have?

In retrospect, I would probably want to talk to someone like myself. I'm now using Cisco security appliances and I can see how someone like me in another agency would benefit from talking to me about… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our top-three choices were considering staying with Proofpoint, as well as Cisco, and Microsoft. We were looking at the bigger names.
Luis Mendes
Real User
Network Security Engineer at Techbase
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is the auto VPN. That is because it is really easy to configure and it's really reliable. The way we do traffic shaping and the way we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

These particular firewalls are a very good solution for a company that doesn't have an IT employee working directly on IT. For small companies with no IT department, it is… more»

What needs improvement?

The product could improve most by improving the client VPN. The auto VPN works for site-to-site but they have an issue with the client VPN. For example, if I connect the… more»

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

We are using the advanced Meraki license. We pay on a monthly basis. The cost depends on the size of the company, of course. The prices of all different brands — Cisco… more»

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

We are installing Sophos for clients as well. Because we had so many clients interested in the capabilities of the Meraki products, it was time for us to know more about… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give this solution about an eight out of ten. They can buy the brand directly or from a partner. They need to consider performance. I have to be totally honest… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Every time we consider introducing a new brand here in the company, we need to evaluate it very well. If you mix a lot of brands, you need a broader knowledge base and… more»
Real User
CEO at ITSG SA
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the things I found very important for us is for our sites to have a new device. Another was to be able to have two solutions with the ease of firewalls to control everything. We use Meraki MX firewalls remote for small to bigger sites. One also was to have integration with have physical DC… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are currently replacing all other old firewalls with new Meraki systems in the next two years. We do this first for new sites and for sites that need to change. We do not change everything in one step also because of budget and also because of deployment requirements. This is a worldwide… more»

What needs improvement?

We are currently having a problem with Meraki in the end product. They have two kinds of enterprise licenses and an advanced security license. The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection between these licenses. Even… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 7. For us, the license is a big issue and we need to get better facilities, i.e. the original problem. From any country, it's not easy to manage a product remotely across the world. We are supporting little companies and compatibilities for three… more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The flexibility is its most valuable feature; the ability to quickly deploy a number of help machines. It is not constrained by what we want to do.

How has it helped my organization?

We are in the architecting phase. We are looking at it being more agile in our deployed headquarters. We are in the testing and deployment phase.

What needs improvement?

The product's disadvantage is that it is not necessarily open as I would like it to be. The main platform has some closed features that I would rather not see. For example, I need a mechanism to… more»

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

Our other solution works perfectly fine. However, we do capability upgrades every so often. This is a trigger for me to determine if we are looking in the right direction. As our requirements to be… more»

What other advice do I have?

Give it a go. Work with their engineers and support staff to see if your solution fits. Challenge them to go a bit further than than their standard product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are looking at Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, and Dell EMC. In the end, we will make our decision on price and functionality.
Kashif Asrar Khan
Real User
Manager of IT at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 23 2019

What do you think of Cisco Ethernet Switches?

High availability and sustainable network is a prime and foremost obligatory requirement of ERP deployment, Cisco layer 2-4 switches deliver the best when robust, secured, sub- netted and resilient network is concerned. Strong Areas: The Catalyst switches give ease of configuration with a comprehensive set of management protocol support such as Telnet, HTTP, CLI, SNMP and much more with software's like CMS (Cluster Management Suite) and Ciscoworks, all together. Conventional Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with outstanding QoS, stackable and fixed configuration, security features like static VLAN support and in Linux OS ,TACACS with Radius Dial in authentication support where environment of installation of device(Switch) is harsh , less maintained temperature and less…
Real User
Director of Network and Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is programmability, where we can manage a network via APIs and software, as opposed to having to manage complex hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to ACI, a network upgrade or network change would be much more complex than it is now. Reducing complexity means that it is faster to make changes.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a lot more integrations with the rest of the Cisco portfolio. I would like to have ACI embedded into HyperFlex, as an example.

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

Our previous solution was legacy, three-tier networking. The market is changing, and software-defined networking is becoming the way to do business. Our network was the last piece to keep up, so it… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody researching this solution is that you have to test it. You can't take the stats on paper. Rather, you have to actually do the R&D to see it in a real environment. I think a lot of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated solutions from Cisco, VMware, and HP. Cisco's solution, from a software perspective, may be slightly behind, but from a hardware perspective, it's the most scalable and best to support.
Todd Ellis
Real User
CTO at Secure Networkers
Jul 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The simplicity, efficiency, and effectiveness of it are valuable. There are a lot of templates that are already built-in. They give you quick-to-create and quick-to-apply policies that are typically a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For one particular client, we had almost a 20 percent remediation on some of their equipment as a result of all kinds of attacks from the desktop department. We got them down to a zero percent… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the issues we've had aren't really a CDO problem. For example, we had some MX devices that were blocking Windows Update from happening. We found out it was a Meraki issue, but it would have… more»

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

If I had to say anything negative it's the price point. Clients who can't invest in the complete package, it's a disservice to them because they don't have everything. They don't have as many layers… more»

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

There's a lot of different stuff, solutions which integrate into companies' ticketing systems. It depends on what your needs are. Even stand-alone, with FirePOWER, Umbrella, and AMP for Endpoints… more»

What other advice do I have?

As an engineer, I would say that if you can afford it, you will not be sorry that you invested in it. There's no question of whether it's going to deliver. The question is more from a value… more»
SaifKhan
Real User
Security Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Feb 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The identification with McAfee DHL is the most valuable feature. It gives us full visibility to see if there's any malware or malicious activity going on in the network and will then isolate the device.

How has it helped my organization?

Before, our port would be wide open, anyone could come to the network and put their laptop into the port or any device and they would be able to get the IP. Now, if someone tries to connect to our network through an IU port or internet… more»

What needs improvement?

Since we have started, we struggled a lot to implement this solution into our network, and we opened a case a couple of times. Up until this point, nothing else needs to be improved with this product.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution not to enable it with MAC. They are going to be in a very bad state after enabling this with MAC because if you do it is going to isolate so many… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We researched this solution and found that it fulfills all of our requirements so we didn't look into any other solutions.
Real User
Divisional Manager - Engineering at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature that we are most interested in is the scalability. When needed, we are able to add more nodes and scale it up further. That is the feature which we sought. All three nodes are similar and… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like it to be easier to manage the server, create VMs, and manage the VMs on the client.

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

Initially HyperFlex was a little costly, it was higher, but Cisco wanted to get into our company, so they gave us a fair discount. We have also gone for another setup from Cisco, which we should soon… more»

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

We were using more on the VMware side. This is the first time we are using HyperFlex. We had an HPE-based system which we replaced with this. It was HPE Simplivity but it was no good. We did not get… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are around 250 users working on it right now. It is used for our manufacturing solution which collects information and Exchange data. There are other users who are using the storage. We will… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had various options. We looked at Dell EMC, Nutanix, and others. We also evaluated Simplivity, from HPE, and we finally ended up with HyperFlex. With Cisco, the entire solution was from the same… more»
Ole Johan
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company
Feb 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The storage system is its most valuable feature. It has eliminated our entire need for having to worry about storage. We were storing a lot of syslog data and using a lot of templates in our data… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more analytics. The storage data is just IP packets. It could use better infographs in the HyperFlex Connect on how traffic is running in the network. If you were reaching any… more»

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

I would like a clearer licensing model. It should explain a bit more what you receive if you buy the more expensive license rather than the standard one. This would probably help in a lot of cases.

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

We had an old Cisco System, which was an internal company system. We also had an old UCS server, which was spec'd out, along with a bunch of other servers. When we were starting to lack in CPU… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look for what your business needs are, what your data center is using, and keep in mind that all of the big vendors are doing hyperconverged. However, Cisco is the only one who is doing it with the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking into a lot of open source and white box solutions before we chose HyperFlex. This was mainly due to cost because Cisco isn't the cheapest solution. However, we completely trust the… more»

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