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Cisco ACI Valuable Features

Ehsan Emad - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Scientist & Analytics at a integrator with 11-50 employees

The most important aspect of Cisco ACI in my opinion is the ease of management. Other solutions, like traditional solutions and pricier solutions—or even fabric and PAT—you have to do many configurations on a box-to-box basis, With Cisco ACI, you go on the AP and do some "next, next finish" installer. Everything is done without having to know about the VXLAN, AVPN, MP-BGP, or ISI. In previous solutions, you had to know all these things and deploy all of them yourself, so you needed a deep knowledge of VRF and all the other BGP things. You would have to remember everything about the detail configuration, but now we just do some clicks and everything is there.

The other benefit to me is the white-listing solution that the ACI can handle. It's important to have a good knowledge of IPS and DDoS things. I always prefer to stop traffic mid-way instead of putting everything on the firewall and blocking it on the firewall. In my opinion, a firewall has very limited resources and it is possible to run out of resources easily with a simple attack, like HPing. But when you do white-listing, you just greenlight your needed traffic, not all the traffic. So this is a very big difference. And also of course, nowadays everyone is talking about the ACR tool Heat that allows customized configuration to style. These are the major things and some other things like very low latency and few hops. 

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KL
Solution Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The solution has all of the baseline functionalities for any sort of SDN capability. 

The stability is quite good.

The initial setup is straightforward.

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PK
Assistant Vice President at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use all the features provided by Cisco ACI including orchestration to layer seven, service training, load enhancements, and firewalls.

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Ehsan Emad - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Scientist & Analytics at a integrator with 11-50 employees

ACI's most valuable feature is its SDN capabilities. Everything is on your software design controller. Everything is blocked by default until you allow it. 

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SA
Director Design, Architecture & Security at Syntax Systems GmbH & Co KG

We have the flexibility to bring an application from wherever it is located from one end of application to the other. It has overlay at the end.

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HS
Network Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

It is very easy to do the configuration after you know how to work with the product. It is global, so you change one interface, and changes are reflected on every switch.

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TM
Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is the throughput that it offers.

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MasoudSabouri - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Consultant at Telcoset

The solution is valuable because it configures from a single point, from APs, and also all routers. Commands don't need to be configured on the spine and leaf side. You can control and manage the fabric from a single point. If you have serial numbers for your devices, they can all be registered with scripts. As a network engineer, you can configure and manage the fabric very easily. From the CLI side, it's really easy to configure from the GUI.

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LC
Consultant Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

One of the most valuable features is centralized management. The other is the ability to create policies by routing.

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Jeffry Miguel De Los Santos - PeerSpot reviewer
IT manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The best part of Cisco ACI is the server deployment and integration.

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An Quang Vu Phan Phan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Networking Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

You can integrate Cisco ACI well with VMware. 

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PauloDiniz - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Leader - Data Center at YSSY & Co

I like using WebEx Board.

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Buyer's Guide
Cisco ACI
October 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ACI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2022.
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.