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55 Ratings

Cisco ACI

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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

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

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

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall Security Management

Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
8.4
Policy planning and rule management
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
9.2
Automated Policy Orchestration
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
8.2
Device Discovery
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
7.9
Policy Compliance Auditing
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
7.8
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
7.7
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
9.2
Vulnerability Scans
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
8.5
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Cisco ACI
Palo Alto Panorama
8.4

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

  • It needs improvement for the threats categorized as "high" severity. There are lot of false positives. Therefore finding real ones is hard in "high" category.
  • The threat/traffic view needs improvement. It needs at least a feature to sort based on columns. Downloading and parsing using Excel takes a lot of time.
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

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 7.9
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

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 9.4
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

Palo Alto Panorama

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

Palo Alto Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 8.6
Based on 5 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 9.0
Based on 2 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

We have selected Panorama because it is the one which could only provide us management and control of PA firewalls. It would be very difficult to replace this with another solution due to the features provided and benefits no other vendor can provide under one console with complete satisfaction and stability.
Amit Gumber | 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

Palo Alto Panorama

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Palo Alto Panorama

  • At a previous company, I deployed Palo Alto firewalls to a data center, and 12 branch locations. This allowed us to replace MPLS links with IPSec tunnels between the sites. This resulted in significantly more throughput and soft savings of increased productivity. However, the estimated net of $220,000 in hard savings over five years is what is most impressive. I could not have effectively managed all those devices without Palo Alto Panorama.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

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

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

Palo Alto Panorama Editions & Modules

Edition
25 Devices$9,500.00
100 Devices$23,750.00
1000 Devices$71,250.00
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    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco ACI
    9.0
    Palo Alto Panorama
    9.6

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco ACI
    9.1
    Palo Alto Panorama
    9.0

    Usability

    Cisco ACI
    7.9
    Palo Alto Panorama
    8.2

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco ACI
    9.1
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Performance

    Cisco ACI
    9.4
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Support Rating

    Cisco ACI
    8.3
    Palo Alto Panorama
    8.6

    In-Person Training

    Cisco ACI
    8.2
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco ACI
    9.0
    Palo Alto Panorama

    Scalability

    Cisco ACI
    8.8
    Palo Alto Panorama

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