Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI

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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI)

Overview

Recent Reviews

ACI review for Multi-Cloud

10 out of 10
June 14, 2022
I have implemented if for a large airline business. It's being used for the whole organisation and it replaced the legacy DC. It solved …
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Cisco ACI Review

9 out of 10
May 27, 2021
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure is being implemented in the IBM datacenter to manage internal user traffic on the applications …
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Very good product!!

9 out of 10
May 04, 2021
I have deployed Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure on multiple clients, some using it for the entire organization and some for the …
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Cisco ACI SDN Review

10 out of 10
April 30, 2021
As a service consultant and system implementation engineer, ACI is being used to migrate legacy WAN networks to this new SDN architecture. …
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ACI Review

8 out of 10
November 14, 2020
ACI is being rolled out as a new DC fabric to consolidate and simplify a legacy networking estate. Currently, the deployment is not …
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Industry-leading SDN solution

9 out of 10
October 30, 2020
ACI fabric is built across several data centers in our organization providing single-click access to all Cisco ACI fabric information, …
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Cisco ACI Review

10 out of 10
August 25, 2020
We use Cisco ACI as a multi-pod version across four data centers. Each data center has two fire protection zones, with half of one pod. We …
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What is Cisco ACI?

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is network virtualization technology.

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Product Details

What is Cisco ACI?

The Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) framework lets applications guide networking behavior by providing pre-defined application requirements and descriptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is network virtualization technology.

VMware NSX, Palo Alto Panorama, and IBM Cloud Internet Services are common alternatives for Cisco ACI.

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of Cisco ACI are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Reviews

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June 21, 2022

Reliability

Marcelo Alcântara - CCIE™ Data Center | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
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  • VMM integration.
  • Inter-site (data center) communication.
  • Redirect Traffic for other devices like Firewall and Service load balance.
  • Contract visibility (hit).
  • Summary top of interfaces utilization.
  • Summary top of interfaces error.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • Integration with VMWare is extremely simple.
  • Creating and crafting policies to meet specific criteria is very straight forward.
  • Alerts, notifications, and information about the system make troubleshooting issues simpler.
  • Having the ability to create more specific security rules or access rules would be nice.
  • Better documentation on the concept of "contracts".
May 27, 2021

Cisco ACI Review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
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  • Manage multiple devices easily.
  • Visibility for local data centers and public or hybrid clouds.
  • With ACI the network can be provisioned in a matter of minutes.
  • At first it is very difficult to understand the whole interface.
  • It is very expensive compared to other solutions.
April 30, 2021

Cisco ACI SDN Review

Score 10 out of 10
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  • Network segmentation
  • Future-proofing network
  • Speed to implementation
  • SDN architectures are constantly evolving so there's a need to upgrade constantly
  • Some legacy architecture features are still in process of being brought in to ACI
  • Support can be difficult due to changes
November 14, 2020

ACI Review

Score 8 out of 10
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  • The APIC controller is a really powerful tool within the ACI stack.
  • Write once, deploy every where from a single command is key to driving efficency.
  • The ability to use 3rd party tools to supplement ACI is also key.
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Application-centric network policies
  • Data-model-based declarative provisioning
  • Cisco ACI inventory and configuration
  • More seamless integration with 3rd party vendors (vmware, Hyper-V, )
  • More integration with Integration with CI/CD tools
  • Cisco applications and plugin market that will help with external integrations for data center automation
Mark Healey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
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  • Security being at the heart of Cisco ACI made it the perfect choice.
  • The web management GUI is intuitive and feature rich.
  • Troubleshooting and fault finding facilities are excellent.
  • Some parts of ACI are very complex to understand and implement.
  • Upgrades are complicated and difficult to implement.
  • Third Party Support is hard to come by.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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  • Automated deployment of the network
  • Microsegmentation inside of VLANs
  • Better monitoring options
  • No redundancy in the deployment (if an error is deployed it's everywhere at the same time)
  • Complete change of mind of the network operations team needed
  • Very complex deployment if done manually (needs automation)
August 25, 2020

Cisco ACI Review

Score 10 out of 10
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  • Layer 2 across all pods
  • Configure many switches with a few clicks
  • Stable data center networking
  • V center plugin missing for HTML5 client
  • Renaming objects is not possible
  • Interaction is a little slow sometimes.
August 19, 2020

Is ACI good?

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Easy to sell
  • Easy to configure via single dasboard
  • Ideal for private cloud & trusted locations
  • Interoperability of physical and virtual workloads
  • Takes a while to learn to use - has some new approaches
  • Application visibility could be better
  • Not enough experienced people that can drive the tech
January 28, 2020

Cisco ACI Review

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Easier to segment a data center to add security.
  • Centralized management.
  • Ability to group EPGs together (more than one preferred group or vzAny) to reduce contracts.
  • Need a firewall to harness the full power of ACI, hard to play only with contracts.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • VXLAN encapsulation and segmentation
  • Cisco Nexus 9k programmability with Puppet/Chef agents
  • Independence from the virtualization layer.
  • Brownfield architectures were introduced late
  • A better alliance with VMware
February 05, 2019

Cisco ACI

Jyrki Halonen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • Spreading policy across multiple locations
  • Other tools, like Tetration and Cisco NAE, can give you more out of your all investments
  • Currently GUI is good (it wasn't that from the beginning of the product)
  • Blueprints for different installation scenarios
  • Still some improvement on GUI for troubleshooting
Kent Heide | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Ease of manageability and visibilty
  • Great foundation for container platforms (Kubernetes)
  • Scales REALLY well!
  • Integrations with SD-access
  • The APIC UI could be rewritten as a modern webapp
  • It can be difficult for someone with traditional networking expertise to start thinking in terms of applications
Score 5 out of 10
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  • Allows for automated provisioning in the DC
  • Forces collapse of silos and encourages co-mingling of teams in IT
  • Telemetry around applications
  • The UI. To get large scale adoption we MUST make the UI a go-to console for traditional network engineers. It is getting better, but still needs improvements.
  • Best practices and more wizards to get the day to day items done.
  • Better training from real world installers.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • 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.
  • Getting users up to speed can be especially challenging. I'm not sure how much of that if culture related vs technical skills related, but it's something to keep in mind.
  • Along those same lines, engineers who have spent years in the trenches with Catalyst or Nexus environment may struggle with troubleshooting an ACI environment.
  • We've had some issues with user errors causing the fabric to go into a virtually unrecoverable state and TAC not always knowing how to fix it.
February 17, 2017

ACI revealed!

Jose Antonio Alvarez Cubero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
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  • Hypervisor integration
  • Ease end-to-end troubleshooting
  • Improve security across the network
  • Easy multisite deployment
  • Public cloud providers integration