Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization vs VMware NSX comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization and VMware NSX based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"It is easy to manage, easy to maintain, and stable. If you set up everything alright, it will give years without any issues."

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"The solution is easy to use and is good for management control.""VMware NSX is a very good solution. It's also a scalable solution.""The most valuable feature of VMware NSX is the ability to set up virtual networking environments.""The most valuable feature of VMware NSX is the load balancing and routing of firewall rules. Many of the features are beneficial.""The alert features are the most valuable.""During our experience, the solution has been stable.""The dashboard is comprehensive and easy to use.""The solution is very stable and reliable."

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"In terms of what could be improved, I would say the cost. The SDN hardware especially is much too expensive, specifically 799 and 9000."

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"VMware NSX should be able to scale for different customers, even the big ones. Its scalability needs improvement. Stability for it should also be improved.""They have some limitations in the firewall features as compared to the on-prem or dedicated hardware appliance. They can add more features, such as IPS and IDS, to the cloud firewall.""The price could be better. The non-enterprise version of the product should also be improved. I would like VMware to expand beyond the network and provide some VLAN technologies and more. I think we have one, but it's more on the distribution side because it's more on the upper side of the network. I'm looking forward to that.""Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses.""Our technical team is always looking for the solutions that they work with to offer more convenient integrations.""In the future, the solution should be compliant with internet NIC.""They could do more with cloud management.""An area for improvement in VMware NSX is that it uses up more resources and is heavy on the network. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is more automation."

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  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better."
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    Top Answer:There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
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    Top Answer:This solution comes with an API that can easily integrate with other solutions.
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    Simplify operations and roll out new virtual network services in minutes on any platform.

    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:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    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."

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    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX
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    Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization is ranked 3rd in Network Virtualization with 1 review while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 39 reviews. Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization is rated 7.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization writes "Easy to setup, maintain and manage, but very expensive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale". Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization is most compared with Cisco ACI, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Illumio Zero Trust Segmentation.

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