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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Product Scalability
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) and FireMon are tied in 1 area: Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco ACI

91%
25 Ratings
8.6

FireMon

86%
59 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco ACI

91%
3 Ratings
8.5

FireMon

85%
4 Ratings

Usability

7.8

Cisco ACI

78%
4 Ratings
7.3

FireMon

73%
3 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco ACI

91%
2 Ratings

FireMon

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.3

Cisco ACI

93%
9 Ratings

FireMon

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Cisco ACI

81%
9 Ratings
7.7

FireMon

77%
34 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.2

Cisco ACI

82%
1 Rating

FireMon

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cisco ACI

91%
3 Ratings
9.1

FireMon

91%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.7

Cisco ACI

87%
9 Ratings
8.1

FireMon

81%
38 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ACI

Implementation of a new application into Cisco ACI, with all of the relevant groups of servers and storage, is very easy to carry out, as long as all of the communications between the servers are known. Migrating an existing application into the platform was found to be extremely difficult, as legacy applications are often built on a flat network, where this kind of information wasn't documented in the required depth.
đź“ŽMark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

The networking team needed insight into traffic for a particular application and had reached out to see if FireMon could provide insight into the traffic flow to help with troubleshooting. It simply made a traffic report that was auto emailed to the team about the issue, and it gave great insight on how often it was being used.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

FireMon

  • PCI Reporting - After identifying which firewalls and rulesets are in scope, producing a report artifact to satisfy PCI requirements on Firewall reviews is literally a two-click operation.
  • Storing Rule Metadata - FireMon stores metadata (prefilled fields, standard fields, and custom fields) for each rule in each policy which is valuable for context during firewall reviews in particular
  • API - FireMon exposes most if not all of its functionality via REST API
Anonymous | 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

FireMon

  • Some features could be added to the existing functionality which include NAT rules usage
  • Rule expiration normalization from firewalls rather than entering them in rule documentation
  • .csv exports of the files from the firewall pane only gives usage for 30 days by default and that should be increased
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

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

Starting Price

FireMon

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

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.
đź“ŽMark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

FireMon 8.5
Based on 4 answers
I would give a 10 but if for some crazy reason Firemon does not add support for Firepower (without using FMC) before renewal then we'd have a major problem but I have absolute confidence this will not be an issue
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 7.8
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

FireMon

FireMon 7.3
Based on 3 answers
It save me time and I'm able to have the review - review the rule independently with using my time.
Jeff Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.3
Based on 9 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.1
Based on 9 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

FireMon

FireMon 7.7
Based on 34 answers
FireMon technical support is awesome! They respond quickly to our requests and they are well trained and very knowledgeable about the tool. Some issues have to be referred to the development team, but technical support largely provides solutions for any issues that we may have.
Eric Garcia | 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.
đź“ŽMark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 3 answers
The following are extremely important when implementing Cisco ACI:
  • Design phase
  • Naming scheme
  • Documentation
Joacim Wicander | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

FireMon 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Implementation is fairly simple. Most issues can be resolved by referencing manuals.
Anonymous | 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

FireMon

I has worked with AlgoSec and while they are very similar product, I find the FireMon is easier to understand and get rolling with. While both require some learning, FireMon is by far the easier one. Once you have an understanding of how things are arranged and labeled you can easily import firewalls and begin to work on them to improve them
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 8.7
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

FireMon

FireMon 8.1
Based on 38 answers
Firemon Is easily scalable and maintainable with any size team. Although it requires some tech debt, it is well worth the time to invest to ensure compliance is visible and reports are accurate. Although our environment is very large we do not fully utilize the scalability of the Firemon product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ACI

  • We typically don't have to touch ACI. It does what we need it to do without having to "baby" it.
  • It's constantly running so the amount of downtime we have (if any) is very minimal.
  • It was pricey in the beginning but with is reliability it was well worth it.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

  • The use of FireMon has eliminated the backlog in firewall policy changes, approval, and implementation.
  • FireMon has greatly increased the accuracy of changes, and reduced the risk of planned changes (3 incidents in over 27000 change tickets--most with multiple policy changes in each, is a stellar record)
Ken Sharp | TrustRadius Reviewer

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