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SDN ACI Customer Insights

We have followed the development and use of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) over the past five years. Cisco ACI delivers an intent-based networking framework to enable agility in the data center. It captures higher-level business and user intent in the form of a policy and translates this intent into the network constructs necessary to dynamically provision the network, security, and infrastructure services.

While ACI is an innovative approach to the challenges of traditional networks from scale, operations and management, security, and agility perspectives, we were interested to see how the promise of new technological approach manifested themselves in the market and how it has been applied to solve business challenges.

We developed a paper that provided an overview of traditional network challenges, a summary of how Cisco ACI solves these challenges, and most importantly, how actual customers feel about the product, their migration journey, and realization of benefits.

ACI has lived up to the promise of efficient network operations, enhanced security, increased scale and ultimately a more agile and flexible infrastructure. One significant takeaway is that potential customers need to look at what others have done in order to minimize effort and maximize benefit. To that end, a section on best practices is provided.

All Flash Array Portfolio Comparison

After an exhaustive research effort, we created a whitepaper that contrasts and compares the All-Flash portfolio of Dell EMC to HPE.

When looking to leverage AFA solutions to enable IT transformation, several vendor-related criteria need to be considered:

  • Organizational stability and future-proof technology point to the long-term strengths of the vendor to sustain product lifecycle and deliver solution excellence.

  • Product development philosophy helps to affirm that the vendor’s product vision can align with forward-looking business goals and IT evolution.

  • Product portfolio strength and fit indicate the vendor’s ability to provide solutions that help meet business objectives most effectively.

  • Scope, flexibility and affordability of support ensures that the vendor can effectively stand behind and help sustain the effectiveness of its solutions in a changing business climate.

  • Ease of purchase empowers customers to acquire technology based on financial terms and consumption models that are most strategic to their business.

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