Cisco FabricPath Reviews

Cisco FabricPath is the #6 ranked solution of our top LAN Switching tools. It's rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Juniper QFabric - Cisco FabricPath vs Juniper QFabric

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LohitYadav
Reseller
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution offers very good documentation.

What needs improvement?

I personally haven't found anything that is lacking. However, it depends on the use case of the company. It's a good technology. It's only a small part of the complete DC architecture. The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell… more »

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

The pricing could be lower, which would make it easier to sell to clients. Cisco has an entire product line and a setup team, which looks at the marketing and how to position the product, and I believe they do take this into consideration… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller as well as a partner. We primarily deal with Cisco products at my organization. I have some knowledge of Aruba as well. FabricPath is Cisco's version of TRILL, an open-source version. I work for a value-added reseller and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've used other solutions with OEMs. We've used, for example, Juniper and TRILL. Which we ultimately use boils down to the implementation and the OEM.
Waleed Aboda
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at UPS
Mar 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The fact that the solution is on the cloud is its most valuable aspect. If you are on the cloud, you can manage your network from anywhere, any place. It's very good. The solution also offers services for wireless, internet, firewalls, etc… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution is quite expensive. They should work on lowering the cost to make it more affordable for users. Cisco should add a few more security features to make it more robust. The solution should offer better reporting.

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

The solution is expensive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Cisco's Firepower. It was much more complicated, in terms of setup, and we find Fabricpath to be much easier.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it a six out of ten.
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MarioCeribelli
Real User
Senior Network Specialist & Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better interoperability with other IT solutions. More support staff are required to support Cisco solutions in Italy.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Five or six years ago we had a solution with Blade server. This used to be shared with the customer. We kept the structure and expanded our data center using FabricPath.

What other advice do I have?

Since 2019, I have been part of the pre-sales team. I have been certified by Cisco for twenty years. I am a CCNP Network Specialist for Routing and Switching, for Security, and I have certification for CCDP Design. I also have other minor certifications including Aruba ACSP. FabricPath is a very… more »
Real User
Acting CEO with 1-10 employees
Sep 13 2020

What is most valuable?

All of the features are really good.

What needs improvement?

The management features are in need of improvement.

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

The pricing for this product is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with a similar product from Aruba. I find it to be really good, but Aruba is lacking a little bit on the marketing side. From a functionality standpoint, both are more or less the same. Feature-wise, nothing is… more »

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Feb 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The advantage of FabricPath is that it's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.

What needs improvement?

It's possible that some improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation. The user interface could be improved and perhaps the command line as well. It's nothing too serious. Deployment is on the Cisco site or on the customer's site so it's quite difficult to talk about additional features - each situation is different. Because it's an enterprise environment you can't… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest to anyone interested in implementing this solution to carefully analyze their situation and then prepare the configuration accordingly. I would rate this product an eight out of 10.
Chinthaka Kannangara
Real User
Network System Engineer at VSIS
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The technical assistance is good.

What needs improvement?

The exact role that this solution plays, as compared to other products by Cisco, is unclear to our customers. It is sometimes difficult to highlight exactly what individual products are used for and it is something that should be… more »

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

We are satisfied with the pricing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We primarily use Cisco, but apart from that, we also use networking solutions from Aruba. If a customer has a critical demand for a product from another vendor such as Juniper or HPE then we can provide it. However, normally we use either… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most of our customers are satisfied with the solutions from Cisco. That said, nothing is ever completed because everybody has their own difficulties and challenges. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Kaushlendra Singh
Real User
Manager - IT Infrastructure and Network at Yamaha
Mar 12 2020

What do you think of Cisco FabricPath?

What is our primary use case?

We have around 3000 users. We've got to give them support about 300 points.

How has it helped my organization?

The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability. Also, Cisco Support is better than other technical support.

What needs improvement?

We are using it to implement security sites. Currently, we are using Fortinet as a UTM, you can say an initial firewall. So we are repeating some issues in Fortinet. So we are looking at other products. If we get a better price then we can think about switching.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Cisco FabricPath for ten years.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco support is better than other technical support.

How was the initial setup?

Initial…
Mario Leone
Real User
IT Specialist at Itel Telecomunicazioni srl
May 04 2020

What do you think of Cisco FabricPath?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the: Security Web control Traffic control. 

What needs improvement?

I would like one management console to control the network. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco FabricPath for one year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It works well without any stops. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have around 100 to 200 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is fundamental. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I haven't used a different solution previous to FabricPath. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy.

What other advice do I have?

I would…

What is Cisco FabricPath?

Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
Also known as
FabricPath
Cisco FabricPath customers

Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM

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