"I like using WebEx Board."
"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."
"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."
"The stability is quite good."
"We had different networks and combined them with ACI so we could have the control of one controller-based network. Also, everything is combined now."
"The most valuable feature is the throughput that it offers."
"You can integrate Cisco ACI well with VMware."
"Cisco's technical support team is very good."
"It's a beneficial tool."
"The solution is very good at micro-segmentation."
"The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing."
"The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions."
"The most valuable features are the micro-segmentation and integrated security options."
"Some of the key features I find most valuable are the highly graphical user interface, virtualization of networks, and Microsoft application compatibility. It has all the functionality that we require."
"This is a good firewall and overall it is rich in features."
"It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way."
"Its graphical user interface (GUI) is not as user-friendly as it could be."
"The integration has room for improvement. There should be a drag-and-drop interface for configuring the integration where you connect some arrows to boxes, and the system takes care of the configuration. Right now, they have something similar, but it's limited. You have to take care of some things yourself. That is one area that the solution can work on. It's easy now, but it's much easier in other solutions."
"Before version 5, you could manage your firewall or load balancer from the AP. It was very basic and now they removed the whole features in the new version, so you cannot manage your load balance or firewall from your AP on L2, L4, and L7 services."
"Training for this product is available from institutions but it is not available online where you can get users trained easily."
"I would like this solution to be integrated with Pure Storage."
"It would be great if ACI would include the next generation firewall feature."
"I would like to be able to test the upgrades in a simulation before implementing them in production because not everyone has a lab."
"Cisco ACI is a highly complex solution. The initial deployment is just a few clicks, but understanding how an ACI works and interacts with routing, switching, and virtualization takes a lot of knowledge. The interface isn't necessarily hard to use, but the technology is complicated. If you want to understand how it works and how to configure it, you should study hard."
"It isn't easy to deploy."
"It could be more user-friendly, but it's manageable. When we add a specific node to this particular NSX and the configuration changes, it won't push through the errors where required, but it'll accept it. However, while using it, we will have issues. It can also be more stable."
"In the future, the solution should be compliant with internet NIC."
"VMware NSX only supports some platforms like KVM."
"VMware NSX can improve the migration tools from the older environments to the new environment. For example, the NSX-V has become a legacy solution, it's out of support, but customers are able to keep using it. For migration purposes, it's better for them to provide a proper tool. It will be easy to migrate from an old environment to a new one."
"Some configuration maximums are limiting to the user, especially when it comes to the deployment of very, very large environments."
"VMware NSX provides a lot of automation capabilities, but there is still room for improvement."
"There are always issues integrating with Cisco."
VMware NSX is a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.
VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.
VMware NSX Use Cases
VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:
Reviews from Real Users
Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.
Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."
A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."
Cisco ACI is ranked 2nd in Network Virtualization with 10 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 30 reviews. Cisco ACI is rated 8.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco ACI writes "Stable, scalable, and easy to manage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Cisco ACI is most compared with Nuage Networks, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra, Illumio Adaptive Security Platform and Check Point CloudGuard Network Security. See our Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX report.
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