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Cisco ACI

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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

VMware NSX

Recommendation 10 for large companies, with a data center with more than 1000 VM's on average is very appropriate, as the security of the environment can be divided between physical firewall and virtual firewall and have another separate management for cases of troubleshooting, having only physical firewall in these In some cases, the rules are immense and this can cause future problems.
For Medium / Small companies, I do not recommend it, as the main one is a physical firewall, (Remembering that NSX does not replace a physical firewall), as smaller companies with less rules, only a physical firewall can be used.
Jorge Filho | 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

VMware NSX

  • Broadcast Suppression: By suppressing broadcast traffic, we have been able to deploy a single VDI network in a /18 network space, allowing for rapid growth and proper DHCP lease timing for a VDI instant clone environment.
  • Networking HA: Leveraging internal mechanisms for high availability, it provides disaster resiliency to a virtual networking environment.
  • Cost Savings: All available features of NSX are licensed simultaneously. Load balancers, firewalls, and routers are all licensed as features, not per object, allowing for the deployment of as many of these objects as are needed.
Christina Harding | 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

VMware NSX

  • Our biggest challenge is gaining acceptance from network engineers who are used to working with other technologies.
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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

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

VMware NSX

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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

VMware NSX

  • We are a company with 300 VM's and few departments, the investment was more for security, putting in ROI, we can mention that environmental security is priceless.
  • We have a simplified understanding of east-west rules, bringing a lot of satisfaction to the user, since creating and modifying rules is a very simple activity.
  • With NSX for virtual environment, the IT team was also very satisfied with the communication without the need for a physical medium (Switch for example). The machines that need more performance, are placed on the same physical Host, as a rule of affinity and with that the performance reaches the expected very easy.
Jorge Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ACI

General

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

VMware NSX

General

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

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