Amazon API Gateway vs. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon API Gateway
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
AWS offers the Amazon API Gateway supports the creation and publication of an API for web applications, as well as its monitoring and maintenance. The Amazon API Gateway is able to support thousands of API calls concurrently and provides traffic management, as well as monitoring and access control.
$0.90
Per Million
Cisco ACI
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is network virtualization technology.N/A
Pricing
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Editions & Modules
Past 300 Million
$0.90
Per Million
First 300 Million
$1.00
Per Million
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon API GatewayCisco ACI
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Top Pros
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Features
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon API Gateway
7.8
13 Ratings
4% below category average
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
-
Ratings
API access control6.612 Ratings00 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies7.012 Ratings00 Ratings
API usage data8.312 Ratings00 Ratings
API user onboarding8.212 Ratings00 Ratings
API versioning9.312 Ratings00 Ratings
Usage billing and payments7.811 Ratings00 Ratings
API monitoring and logging7.513 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Small Businesses
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Catalyst Center
Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Catalyst Center
Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(13 ratings)
8.4
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(5 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(6 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(9 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon API GatewayCisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
Experienced a lack of available programming languages while working on a minor project. I had to halt the project and wait for it to be added later. It took ages and had a hit on our productivity. It has a centralized management system which helps and an easy interface which helps to manage multiple tasks in case of large-scale operations and projects.
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Cisco
Well suited to data center deployments with storage and compute to host applications. When deployed with VMWARE and/or hyperconverged infrastructure you get a good solution that is reliable and robust and can support a vast array of solutions. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure works on any sized solution however, it's more appropriate to mid to large scale deployments.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • API Gateway integrates well with AWS Lambda. This allows us to build a web server in the language and framework of our choice, deploy it as a Lambda function, and expose it through API Gateway.
  • API Gateway manages API keys. Building rate limiting and request quota features are not trivial (or interesting).
  • API Gateway's pricing can be very attractive for services that are accessed infrequently.
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Cisco
  • The REST API allows your to programmatically interact with the network and make massive changes very quickly when needed.
  • The API allows you to tie together Server Provisioning tools, storage provisioning tools, into an orchestration platform such as Ansible to streamline new deployments and builds.
  • New Deployments are extremely simple once you've worked out your programatic deployment process. We can deploy new clients/tenants in seconds rather than days or weeks like it used to take.
  • Replacing failed switches/apics/etc is also extremely easy.
  • Tightly couple the underlying Network Infrastructure to VMWare Deployments to allow VMs to move anywhere in the datacenter at the drop of a hat.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Client certificates are troublesome when trying to attach them to API GW stages.
  • Debugging across several services can be difficult when API GW is integrated with Route 53 and another service like Lambda or EC2/ELB.
  • Creating internal/private APIs, particularly with custom domains, can be unintuitive.
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Cisco
  • The APIC web UI is slow. Even on the newer UCS systems it is laggy.
  • The terminology for some of the objects is really confusing for someone that never used Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure. It would be at least helpful if there would be a link to a reference of the "classical" terms in the web UI.
  • The cost of the hardware, together with the management platform, is high. It is difficult to convince my management layer why the ease of manageability outweighs the high price.
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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
Cisco ACI is doing exactly what was intended for it to do, that is support our next generation data centre, improve security, and increase resiliency. Migrating to another platform would be a waste of time, resource and energy, which could be better spent migrating more legacy applications into the Cisco ACI fabric.
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Usability
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
Cisco ACI has changed the traditional data center model into a new era of automation and agility. The product was considerably easy to deploy met all the expectations. In terms of usability, ACI provides a unified interface for managing the whole infrastructure in one place which is the main benefit for users (admins)
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Reliability and Availability
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
no outages
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Performance
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
I do not give it 10 because the platform evolves more and more every day in the data traffic of the datacenter. But the implementations that they carry out for different clients of the platform are very happy with the result of the same over time. Another point that you notice about the platform, despite its good performance, is the low use of energy used by this 24x7 on, it is a good fact to take into account for our environment.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
We always had a great experience with the AWS support team. They were always on time and very dependable. It was a good partnership while we worked to resolve our issues.
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Cisco
Cisco provides users and partners with a multitude of data for you to consume. I think that the stuff in the public domain goes a long way to assisting you find any answers you may need, plus insights and information from areas such as DevNet provide you with access to more than just the traditional release notes and the like
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In-Person Training
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Cisco
The Cisco ACI training provided by Cisco was in depth, covered all of our requirements, and allowed us to implement and maintain the platform without issues.
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Implementation Rating
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
Not applicable
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
When we tested Azure API Management at the time, it had serious connectivity issues, it was very unstable, and it needed to do a lot using the command line. Comparing with the AWS solution, which was more mature, and the fact that we have services in use on AWS, we ended up choosing to continue using AWS products. This so as not to run the risk of increasing latency in accesses, and of some functionality not working, due to being developed yet.
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Cisco
NSX-T and ACI both are definitely awesome products. I tend to use ACI in networks that have more barebone and/or alternative hypervisors. NSX still works best in VMware heavy networks. Another consideration is where the network is managed, by which team. If the network is solely managed by the network team ACI tends to be a better fitting solution. Also since ACI is a complete solution you don't need any other products. If you implement NSX you will still need a physical network.
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Scalability
Amazon AWS
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Cisco
Cisco ACI scales well and is suited in scenarios such as multi-cloud or large data centre implementations. It is not suited to smaller deployments as the efficiencies that it provides are not fully realised. It is well suited in large environments that contain both virtual and bare-metal machines allowing a great deal of flexibility. It is also perfect to support multi-tenancy platforms.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • ROI is negative, you need either to hire them to work with you or spend days/weeks to figure out issues.
  • For some of the projects in the end it is not worth it, it is just a "buzz" to use serverless but not practical.
  • Service is easy to set up authorization and it is easy to manage.
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Cisco
  • Positive impact moving off of legacy to ACI has shorten costs of operations.
  • Native support for automation makes deployment easier and takes few mins than large amount of hours that can bring costs (OT over time) since it takes minutes to deploy this OT cost has decreased.
  • Troubleshooting made easier, this gains customer trust, therefore we get to spend less time trying to solve an issue and less operations costs.
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