Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) vs. FireMon

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco ACI
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is network virtualization technology.N/A
FireMon
Score 7.5 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
FireMon is a real-time security policy management solution built for today’s complex multi-vendor, enterprise environments. Supporting the latest firewall and policy enforcement technologies spanning on-premises networks to the cloud, FireMon delivers visibility and control across the entire IT landscape to automate policy changes, meet compliance standards, to minimize policy-related risk. Since creating their policy management solution in 2004, FireMon states they've helped…N/A
Pricing
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)FireMon
Editions & Modules
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Cisco ACIFireMon
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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NinjaOne
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
Nmap
Nmap
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst Center
Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
Nmap
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)FireMon
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(68 ratings)
7.5
(69 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.6
(5 ratings)
6.7
(7 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(6 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(9 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(9 ratings)
7.7
(17 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.6
(9 ratings)
7.3
(48 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)FireMon
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
We are currently in POC with the Remote Leaf connectivity that for smaller sites, no need to invest for Spine and APIC controller, we can just add a pair of Leaf Switches. I think this approach is well suited for an environment that wanted to have Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure with less consideration in the project budget. Also, they have a Back-to-Back Multipod set-up that IPN is an option to be used, you can use the SPINE switch to connect the secondary DC.
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FireMon
FireMon is best used in a large environment (for example, I have >100
firewalls in my environment). It's best used when trying to improve
security posture and showing changes in firewall security over time. It
might not be the best choice for smaller environments or those that aren't concerned about security management.
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Pros
Cisco
  • So with the old one, we've had a secure zone, core zone, so we have special hardware specific for those zones, so security zones in our data center. This allows us to basically have the spine leaf and we could put any ports in any zone. So it allows a lot more, I'd say efficient use of equipment, being able to plug in things to whatever, and then program it to how you want it to work on.
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FireMon
  • Give good real time reporting for anyone making a change to any of our firewalls
  • Provides good reporting tools that are out of box
  • Provide good customization tools that is specific to our needs
  • Upgrades are a simple process and support does relatively well with assisting us.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Actually we had some issues in past as well in which this multi ACI, whenever we run it into multi-part architecture mode or design. So we have a lot of multicast issues in between. In which endpoints between the data centers in the single EPG or bds, were unable to connect with each other due to that multicasting loops and other stuff. So this is the problem we faced multiple times in the past.
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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
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Likelihood to Renew
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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FireMon
The shell is locked out and we can't run any general centos commands. The implementation and maintainence of the arch is very complex. Even with the right identifiers on log messages the log collection keeps failing. The warning messages on the device are ambiguous. The log messages on firemon are a bit confusing and don't show the exact issue.
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Usability
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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FireMon
It save me time and I'm able to have the review - review the rule independently with using my time.
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
no outages
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FireMon
FireMon has been relatively stable overall. However, there have been a handful of times where we had issues with the console. For example, we couldn't update which devices to include in a security assessment. The initial suggestion from support was to just reboot it. It seems like there weren't many other options available such as to restart services before going to the extreme of a complete reboot.
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Performance
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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FireMon
I'm not sure we have the largest implementation of FireMon out there but we do have a few 1000 devices being probed by FireMon. Overall, the system's performance has been rock solid. The console refreshes quickly and reports are generated within an expected timeframe.
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Support Rating
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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FireMon
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.
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In-Person Training
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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FireMon
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Not applicable
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FireMon
Implementation is fairly simple. Most issues can be resolved by referencing manuals.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
I have used competitors fabric products, however they were unmanaged (no APIC) and manually configured. In this deployment model, all tasks are manual and there is no central controller to monitor and maintain the system. It's also prone to configuration errors as each leaf switch is individually managed. APIC solution is much better.
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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
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Scalability
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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FireMon
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.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • We've definitely spent quite a bit of time relearning how to do things in ACI, but I think the investment has been well worth while considering that we can now deploy tenants and leaves from the ground up in a matter of seconds.
  • We can if we choose to upgrade an entire datacenters worth of switches in a single night. (We've chosen to break it up for availability requirements, but if you didn't require 99.999% uptime like us you may be able to do it)
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FireMon
  • FireMon's Compliance Reporting provided an immediate and tangible benefit
  • FireMon helps identify egregious or erroneous rules quickly across multiple platforms
  • FireMon took our audit process from an Excel spreadsheet into a far more advanced process with readily available context for reviewers
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