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Comparing Cisco ACI and VMware NSX: Programmable Fabrics or SDN Overlays?

Published: 27 May 2015

ID: G00263899

Analyst(s): Simon Richard

Summary

Enterprises are evaluating both Cisco ACI and VMware NSX to increase their data center network agility and fortify their security postures. These solutions offer different approaches for solving a similar set of challenges. This document provides guidelines for comparing the approaches.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Benefits That Apply to Both Solutions
    • IT Benefits
    • Technical Benefits
  • Cisco ACI and VMware NSX: High-Level Architecture
    • Cisco ACI Architecture
    • VMware NSX Architecture
  • Running NSX and Cisco ACI Together
  • Comparison Criteria
    • Manageability and Visibility
    • Supported Switching Hardware
    • Security Model
    • Controller
    • Connectivity Model
    • Network Provisioning and Orchestration
    • Third-Party Ecosystem Integration
    • Communications With the Outside World
    • Migration/Implementation Effort Needed
    • Scalability
    • SDx Integration and End-to-End Provisioning

Guidance

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