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What is Cisco Network Assurance Engine?

Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE) transforms operations in data center networks to a fundamentally more proactive model. Built on Cisco’s patented network verification technology, it is the most comprehensive assurance engine that mathematically verifies the entire network for correctness, giving operators confidence that their network is always operating consistent with intent.

Cisco Network Assurance Engine was previously known as Cisco NAE, Candid.

Cisco Network Assurance Engine Customers

West Corporation, Axians Nordic, Robert Bosch, DICTU, Tenaris

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General Manager at Crystal Networks
Real User
It is a product that you can scale upwards whenever you want
Pros and Cons
  • "It is scalable from the beginning. It is a product that you can scale upwards whenever you want."
  • "At the beginning, the setup was complex."

What is our primary use case?

We are trying to introduce this product to a lot of customers in Egypt by showing them the real value of the product. Based on this, they start to absorb the idea and the value comes from having such solution. Then, we integrate the solution with the rest of the portfolio that they have.

What is most valuable?

Any product that Cisco provides will give the user more visibility into their connectivity and network, thus protecting their environment. 

What needs improvement?

We usually capture information from the customer, not from our system integrator. Why? Because the customer is using the tools and solution every day. They are facing all the problems every day. We give them the chance for a healthy discussion between the system integrator and the customer. We have this, but not all the system integrators are doing this. If we keep this door open, we will capture the feedback. We don't have this backdoor to Cisco. We give them the healthy feedback, not the complaints. The complaints are usually 80 percent of the information coming in with a lot of complexity and anger behind them. So, there is no real data or information that we can use. We are using other vendors as a complementary solutions. I hope that Cisco will think about doing a kind of acquisitions, e.g., CCTV. Because what they have right now is not good enough, and good enough will not work anymore. At the end of the day, I need an end-to-end solution, not a complimentary solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stable is a nice term, but it's fully integrated with the Cisco portfolio. So, it is stable automatically. So, there is no problem with stability. 
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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable from the beginning. It is a product that you can scale upwards whenever you want.

How was the initial setup?

At the beginning, the setup was complex. Once we did it once, it was easier. Any new technology is complex at the beginning.

What about the implementation team?

We are the integrator and develop our own resources. Before even introducing any solution to the customer, we show them the return of investment of having that solution. We go through a lot of steps. So, at the beginning, we show them the real value. We show them the return on investment, then we ask them to start to test the labor of the solution by doing the PoC. Once they've tested the PoC, and it's good, they will be ready to have the solution by the end of the day in their network and environment. After that, once we have it up and running and fully implemented, we come back again to them, asking "Can you remember the showcase that we showed you at the beginning? We need to confirm the reason." Once it's confirmed, and the sign up is done, we give our blessing. Then, we use them as a use case in our events.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are committed to Cisco by 90 percent and the other 10 percent is dedicated to complimentary solutions.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It is easy to set up and the stability is okay

What is our primary use case?

I manage the team using this solution. 

We use this solution for our clients.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay. I have received good feedback regarding it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is one of the biggest failures of the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have experience with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our client makes this decision.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up.

What about the implementation team?

We are the integrator. We install this solution for our clients who like the solution and their experience with it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are very focused on Cisco products as a partner.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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Joacim Wicander - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Center Engineer at Conscia Netsafe
Real User
We were doing real-time analysis, and this solution prevented us from doing anything wrong. However, it should have TACACS+ and RADIUS authentications.
Pros and Cons
  • "In a short amount of time, you can see what went wrong on a screen in a report."
  • "It needs authentication beyond just local and LDAP. It should also have TACACS+ and RADIUS."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for validating the sign and the implementation of the network stuff in ACI. 

It performs well. There are some issues, but it is getting there.

How has it helped my organization?

During some changeovers in the bridge domains, we were moving IP addresses from the old network into ACI. We were doing real-time analysis, and this solution prevented us from doing anything wrong.

What is most valuable?

The real-time analysis is its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

It needs authentication beyond just local and LDAP. It should also have TACACS+ and RADIUS.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is really good. I have never seen it crash.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't tested the scalability yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is a pack for customer. We needed it because they were fumbling around trying to figure out what they did wrong. With Network Assurance, they can (in a short amount of time) show what went wrong on a screen in a report.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy and straightforward. Just follow the instructions and you can't go wrong.

What about the implementation team?

I am the consultant for the deployment.

What was our ROI?

The customer hasn't bought it yet. It is running as a PoC.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only considered Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

Try Cisco Network Assurance Engine out, as it is really good. It's much better than you think.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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