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Cisco MDS Series Pros and Cons

Cisco MDS Series Pros

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The features I found most valuable are the ease of deployment, it's easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer. There is no need for vendor professional services which saves project cost. The usage of WebUI for all primary features like hostname, IP address, SNMP traps, zone sets, addition and deletion of zone members or zone sets, backup of switch DB is very simple.
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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The issues with these switches are extremely rare, and the whole product line is very predictable and stable.
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Sr. Cloud Systems Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning.
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Cisco MDS Series Cons

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is quite a stable product. It should be shipped with the latest firmware to avoid download and upload schema at the beginning of the initial setup. There should also be the possibility of downgrading the firmware when required. WebUI needs DCNM instead a web-based GUI should be made available like Brocade san switch.
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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The licensing model could be less complicated.
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Sr. Cloud Systems Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it.
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