Cisco Ethernet Switches Competitors and Alternatives

Read reviews of Cisco Ethernet Switches competitors and alternatives

ShehabAhmed
Real User
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of this solution for us VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network), MAC authentication and security.

How has it helped my organization?

This product provides us with stable security and configurable VLAN management.

What needs improvement?

For Cisco, the interface between fiscal small business switches and the Cisco Catalyst or Enterprise switch is a little bit different. So, I needed to take some time to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is certainly not the least expensive product for switching, but I think it is the best and if you have the budget it is worth it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

As I moved around between three or four companies to get better jobs and positions, all of them were using Cisco. In some places, we were using HP ProCurve switches… more»

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is the better solution if someone is considering it and they are willing to pay for it. The product is expensive to buy. In my current position, the budget is not a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated other options by my previous experience, so, in a way, we did evaluate other choices, but I had already made up my mind because of what I knew.
MohamedRashwan
Real User
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The integration between the FortiGate and FortiSwitch — the reporting and monitoring — is perfect. The reporting and monitoring of the endpoints could not be better. So, for me, this is the best… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the option to offer different solutions to our clients that fit their needs and budget.

What needs improvement?

I think that Fortinet needs to focus on its pricing and improving the packages offered to users. When our company offers a client the FortiSwitches product, the customer ends up comparing… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product is one of the most expensive that customers can consider, but the pricing is justified by the functionality. It would probably be best if they reconsidered pricing so more people will use… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight. Nothing is perfect. The technical support is a bit of an issue.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a reseller, we have evaluated many options and we use whichever one seems to be the best fit for the client.
CornelCristea
Real User
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that the CLI is the same on all of the Juniper devices, including routers, switches, and firewalls.

What needs improvement?

The protocols can be tunneled, but on a global basis, not on an interface, and this is a feature that should be added. I would like to see all of the features unified between platforms, families, and models. This would make it easier to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are different licenses available for these switches that are based on the features. We purchased the box for a one-time charge, and we are paying a yearly support fee of several hundred Euros.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have two other types of switches that we run in our data center. There are Cisco switches to handle a lower capacity, and we also have Extreme switches. We purchased Extreme switches because we were given a good price at the time… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are many different types of switches in different categories. It is best to look, right from the beginning, at what features are needed. You do not want to pay for Enterprise licenses if you don't need those features. Be sure to look… more»
FaisalSmair
Real User
System Engineer at DANAT IT FOR BUSINESS
Oct 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable feature is its reliability.

What needs improvement?

We've had issues with the power supply. I've had to change the power supply twice. I'm not sure what the issue is. We're still trying to work out why we're having problems with the switches and the cutting of the power supply. The solution… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You only have a one-time payment when you purchase the solution. The pricing isn't subscription-based. This particular solution is very cost-effective.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I've previously used other solutions, including Cisco, Brocade, and HP. We use all of these. It depends on what the client prefers or the budget of the project. There aren't big technical differences between any of these.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're system integrators. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Real User
Network Engineer at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
Oct 20 2019

What do you think of MikroTik Routers and Switches?

What is most valuable?

The radius and wireless features are the most valuable aspects of the solution.

What needs improvement?

The queuing functionality needs improvement. The initial setup could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for 10-15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've used technical support a few times and have always found them to be quite good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have previously used Cisco and HP solutions.

How was

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