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Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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8/4/2014 | 11:19:39 AM
Re: APIC equals SDN controller?
You raise an important point about the free options. Would you include the OpenDaylight Project's Hydrogen as a viable alternative?
ReturnoftheMus
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ReturnoftheMus,
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8/3/2014 | 7:07:30 AM
Re: APIC equals SDN controller?
Or does it?

For months Cisco has been touting ACI as anything but SDN, in effect it was a highly reactive response to SDN in which they've come out the otherside incomplete and incoherent, just one of the reasons why the majority of network pro's will struggle with ACI concepts.

Unfortunately, there is a level of creative thinking the average network pro just doesn't possess, which is why the majority will probably rally behind NSX. Notwithstanding that networking vendors have been pandering more towards application developers over the past few years.

Overall I would not be compelled to pay for either, especially when you've got solutions like OpenContrail, Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2, which equates to very much the same thing, but for FREE!
OrhanErgun
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OrhanErgun,
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8/2/2014 | 10:03:20 AM
Re: pricing
I am more interested with the overall functionality and capabilities of both solution. Vmware NSX and Cisco ACI. One of them bring all the intelligence to the edge and despite the all the argument about manageability in my opinion it gives this ability for troubleshoting , maintenance for the underlaying infrastructure and beyond it gives an information for proactive control and management.


It would be nice to see that ACI supports on all the platforms of Cisco but again in my opinion ACI policy enforcement place should have been started from the very edge of the network and controller would be a virtual format , not as an applicance or even not as a virtualized context so on..
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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7/29/2014 | 7:05:42 PM
Re: APIC equals SDN controller?
Hard to say. As the Infonetics polls showed, VMware had a very strong showing when it came to which SDN vendors organizations are evaluating, It seems like the attention VMware NSX grabbed isn't ebbing. How much that translates to purchases of course remains to be seen. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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7/29/2014 | 5:40:38 PM
APIC equals SDN controller?
Cisco has its own terminology and its own emphasis, but the APIC sounds a lot like the software-defined network's controller unit. We owe thanks to the newcomers and startups who throught through how the network could be reformed around programmable interfaces, including those at VMware. But now all that remains to be seen is how much of the market is left to them after networking professionals line up behind Cisco. Am I being too pessimistic?

 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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7/29/2014 | 2:53:51 PM
pricing
Anyone have thoughts on ACI pricing compared to VMware NSX?


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