Gartner Research

Four Recommendations Before Purchasing Cisco ACI or VMware NSX

Published: 18 April 2016

ID: G00299632

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Andrew Lerner


I&O leaders are evaluating Cisco ACI and VMware NSX to improve agility or security within their data center networks. However, this is not an apples-to-apples scenario, and the decision can polarize infrastructure teams. Our research helps determine if these products are right for your environment.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Look Beyond Just ACI and NSX If Improving Data Center Networking Agility Is the Only Objective
    • Not the Only Game in Town
    • Avoid Overaction
    • Better Together? Maybe, but Expensive
  • Don't Assume That Now Is the Appropriate Time to Deploy ACI or NSX
  • Address Six Key Questions Before Purchasing and Deploying Either ACI or NSX
    • No. 1: Where Are Your Workloads Today, and Where Are They Going?
    • No. 2: What Is Your Virtualization Strategy?
    • No. 3: What's the Status of Your Physical Network Infrastructure?
    • No. 4: What Is the Acquisition Cost?
    • No. 5: How Do You Simplify Hybrid Cloud?
    • No. 6: What Has Been the Experience for Others Like Me?
  • Require Involvement From a Broad Range of Engineering and Architecture Personnel, Beyond Just the Networking Team
    • Technology Change Is Easier Than Staffing and Culture Change
    • Neither ACI nor NSX Represents a Complete Data Center Solution

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