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Cisco ACI

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Score 8.7 out of 100

FireMon

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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

FireMon

Within my industry I have multiple contacts that are looking for exactly what Firemon does. Not only can the software help compliance professional but also network engineers who need a better picture of how infrastructure is set up. As well as new employees that need to learn the environment quickly
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

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

FireMon

FireMon 9.1
Based on 3 answers
It improves documentation, save time and easy to use
Jeff Plotkin | 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

FireMon

FireMon 7.3
Based on 3 answers
For the most part, using the tool is straight forward. Some of the menus could use some work on usability.
Anonymous | 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 9.4
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

FireMon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

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.
📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

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

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 8.8
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

FireMon

FireMon 7.7
Based on 30 answers
It has some hefty requirements for system specs, but that's due to the firewall logging. You can have multiple nodes to distribute the load and grow as you need. We found that our initial setup went beyond what we initially needed, but we were able to see the increasing load and plan accordingly to add resources and nodes to handle the additional firewalls.
Howard Wall | 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

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

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

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

FireMon

General

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

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