Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) vs. IBM Cloud Internet Services

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
IBM Cloud Internet Services
Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
IBM Cloud Internet Services is a set of edge network services for securing internet-facing applications from DDoS attacks, data theft, and bot attacks, as well as optimizing their web apps or ensuring global responsiveness and the ongoing availability of their internet-facing applications.
$275
per month, per domain
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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)IBM Cloud Internet Services
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IBM Cloud Internet Services - Standard
$275.00
per month, per domain
IBM Cloud Internet Services - Enterprise
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Cisco ACIIBM Cloud Internet Services
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Catalyst Center
Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst Center
Cisco Catalyst Center
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)IBM Cloud Internet Services
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(63 ratings)
7.5
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.6
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(6 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.6
(9 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)IBM Cloud Internet Services
Likelihood to Recommend
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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IBM
In terms of business challenges, it simplifies the job of my engineers and significantly increases the productivity of my teams when they collaborate with IBM teams all over the world. Now that we have completed a proof-of-concept using the services supplied by IBM, we expect it to assist us in managing them more efficiently; thus far, management has been straightforward.
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Pros
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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IBM
  • Integration with IBM Cloud applications
  • Easy to manage web application firewall
  • Ease of protecting CloudFoundry applications
  • Good console UI
  • Protection for rare managed service offerings such as CouchDB through IBM Cloudant
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Cons
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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IBM
  • Request proxying is done by way of DNS name resolution, which is inflexible.
  • Proxy services do not work on wildcard DNS entries.
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
I have seen faster and more user friendly interfaces like Azure
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
no outages
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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Not applicable
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
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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IBM
I have used Salesforce to explore it as an app but I have found them both able to solve my needs and requirements when it comes to security. While I choose IBM Cloud Internet Services for more accessibility, a better price was available with Saleforce. Although that is just my observation.
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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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IBM
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Return on Investment
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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IBM
  • It had a positive impact with a big improvement on the performance of web applications.
  • Services are quite fast to implement and easy to maintain from an IT perspective.
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