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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall Security Management

    Cisco ACI

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    Palo Alto Panorama

    79%
    Palo Alto Panorama ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Policy planning and rule management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    9 Ratings

    Automated Policy Orchestration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    8 Ratings

    Device Discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    6 Ratings

    Policy Compliance Auditing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    8 Ratings

    Attack Path Simulation Testing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    4 Ratings

    Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    8 Ratings

    Vulnerability Scans

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    4 Ratings

    Firewall Rule Cleanup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    8 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
    • Palo Alto Panorama is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cisco ACI

    91%
    25 Ratings
    9.3

    Palo Alto Panorama

    93%
    10 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Cisco ACI

    91%
    3 Ratings
    9.0

    Palo Alto Panorama

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    7.8

    Cisco ACI

    78%
    4 Ratings
    8.2

    Palo Alto Panorama

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    Cisco ACI

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Palo Alto Panorama

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.3

    Cisco ACI

    93%
    9 Ratings

    Palo Alto Panorama

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Cisco ACI

    81%
    9 Ratings
    8.5

    Palo Alto Panorama

    85%
    7 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.2

    Cisco ACI

    82%
    1 Rating

    Palo Alto Panorama

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Cisco ACI

    91%
    3 Ratings

    Palo Alto Panorama

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.7

    Cisco ACI

    87%
    9 Ratings

    Palo Alto Panorama

    N/A
    0 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.
    📎Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Palo Alto Panorama

    We have multiple internal and external firewalls at our headquarters as well as firewalls at our remote locations. Users are always needing to access services and systems at our headquarters and when they tell us they don't have access we can use Panorama to view the traffic and see where they are getting denied. Without Panorama we would need to log into each firewall and see if they are getting denied with Panorama we get an overview of was is happening and it's amazing.
    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    • Being able to create common rules that can be maintained on multiple firewalls is very beneficial to our management of the different functional needs of the firewalls.
    • Using templates to manage regional requirements is helpful for rolling out changes in the networking side, from user managemnet globally to SEIM/Syslog collection regionally, being able to stack templates helps deliver the necessary changes across multiple firewalls.
    • Panorama's Dashboard and ACC provides useful information that can be set to see All firewalls, or just certain groups of firewalls. Since each group of firewalls has different applications running through them, being able to isolate one group at a time helps identify if there are errant devices causing unexpected traffic, and what type of traffic it is.
    Bruce Bennett | 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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    • Unexpected log outs outside the normal timeout window seem to happen often
    • Better reporting, really a downside to the product
    • Scheduling would be a great feature
    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

    Cisco ACI Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Palo Alto Panorama

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0

    Palo Alto Panorama Editions & Modules

    Edition
    25 Devices$9,500.00
    100 Devices$23,750.00
    1000 Devices$71,250.00
    1. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    Palo Alto Panorama 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Panorama has given us much more than we expected and the support for the product, by Palo Alto Networks has been great. We would like to see some improvements that I mentioned in another review, like scheduling changes, but overall Panorama has provided a very capable product and we are very happy with it.
    Bruce Bennett | 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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    Palo Alto Panorama 8.2
    Based on 2 answers
    You can do anything via the GUI without going to the CLI. High real time security as every five minutes, it updates the list of phishing websites. High protection as the firewall communicates with the cloud, a machine running artificial intelligence helps to detect malware or other threats.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco ACI

    Cisco ACI 9.1
    Based on 2 answers
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Palo Alto Panorama

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    Palo Alto Panorama 8.5
    Based on 7 answers
    They have always been able to resolve our issues promptly. We have only had one critical issue, and it was handled expediently.
    Anonymous | 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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    In the past, we have used Cisco firewalls with Firepower and Palo Alto Panorama is easier to manage and more user-friendly. Also the performance of end firewalls/devices is much better than Cisco if you enable all features on them.
    Pat Balcerek | 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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Palo Alto Panorama

    • Reduced a lot of threats by blocking poorly reputed domains automatically, saving us a lot of time, which we would have otherwise spent on putting it on the manual blacklist.
    • Helped us in almost discontinuing with the Cisco Firepower, saving a lot of money, with its powerful IDS feature.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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