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Cisco ACI

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Score 8.7 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI is well suited for a number and a wide variety of various tasks. It is ideal for integrating software and hardware first and foremost. The protocols they use internally are particularly efficient and are well suited to help with our company's overall IT goals. Well done Cisco ACI!
Jon Hersh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

The Cisco MX series firewalls provide a high-quality product for small and mid-sized businesses. Its ease of use and GUI also are helpful for organizations where you don't have a certified CCNA expert on-site. The cloud management of the devices also provides a significant means for managing all locations from one centralized location with an easy process for swapping put units if ever necessary.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Identification Technologies
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Visualization Tools
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Content Inspection
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
VPN
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
High Availability
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco ACI
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1

Pros

Cisco ACI

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The appliances are very, very easy to use. You could set one up for basic use with minimal documentation.
  • Intuitive menus in the Meraki Dashboard make traversing your options and finding what you need very easy.
  • Good support options and a healthy knowledge base with well-written guides.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ACI

  • Cost is always a challenge and ACI is no different.
  • The linkage between ACI and Tetration has been rebranded since the initial marketeering of it and this has caused confusion and in some cases diminished the business case as a result.
  • The fact that Cisco has developed multiple Orchestrators of their differing network stacks causes issues when trying to pull together a singular approach to orchestration across a Cisco e-2-e network in an Enterprise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
Based on 3 answers
As we have it in place now, we will continue to keep it at our remote sites. Future expansion is something we are reviewing, and may well start with some of the larger switches as they seem to offer good performance and management at a reasonable price. Wireless is also something we're investing in and their devices are great for that.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 7.9
Based on 4 answers
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)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
Based on 4 answers
The Cisco Meraki MX series is very easy to use. Setting up user VPN access, site to site VPN to tie multiple locations together and managing all your devices. You can even download the latest firmware and install without ever leaving the dashboard. Meraki is the very definition of easy to use
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.4
Based on 9 answers
As ACI is designed with the purpose to automate the network deployment this is much easier as with the legacy network. Everything is done via REST API calls.As ACI uses a centralized controller for the complete network all changes are done at the same time at all devices reducing the deployments significantly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.3
Based on 8 answers
Application and service support, in times where we needed consulation, were superb. Issues were mainly due to familiarity of our Senior Engineers with this new tool or application, and the uncertainties were clearly explained by the Support Team. All the while, an "unofficial" training, so to speak, was also provided during the implementation phase - but it's most likely due to the technical person that was assigned to us and how his approach was in terms of assisting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.7
Based on 20 answers
I haven't ever had a bad experience with Meraki support. On the few occasions where I wasn't understanding the UI or needed some clarification about what a setting actually would do, I contacted them and they were very quickly able to provide help. Returns are simple and fast, too. We had to return a defective device one time and they shipped the replacement before we had even un-racked the one that was faulty. Unlike many other vendors, they didn't ask use to a do long list of scripted diagnostics, they just took my word for it that the device was broken and sent out a replacement immediately
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.2
Based on 1 answer
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.
📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The following are extremely important when implementing Cisco ACI:
  • Design phase
  • Naming scheme
  • Documentation
Joacim Wicander | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ACI

ACI and DNA are all very tightly integrated as it stands today. So using one with another only increases the overall benefits, when you are using the overall Cisco Stack of NGFW, ISE, ACI, Assurance engine, and Tetration (which is another product, we plan to evaluate)
Mahesh Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

The key to Cisco Meraki being the superior product is its ease of use and cloud managed portal. Although other products do offer more knobs, the simplistic design of the Meraki portal makes it easy for any user to integrate it into their new or existing networks. It really is a great product!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.8
Based on 9 answers
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.
Daniel Hosking | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 20 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ACI

  • So far we havent been able to leverage al the positives of the ACI infrastructure like Open API and RBAC so it's difficult to comment.
  • A negative I would think of is the change in the design implementation for Datacenter Interconnectivity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco ACI Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ACI
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ACI
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7

Usability

Cisco ACI
7.9
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Performance

Cisco ACI
9.4
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Support Rating

Cisco ACI
8.3
Cisco Meraki MX
9.7

In-Person Training

Cisco ACI
8.2
Cisco Meraki MX

Implementation Rating

Cisco ACI
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX
7.0

Scalability

Cisco ACI
8.8
Cisco Meraki MX
9.4

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