Cisco Nexus Competitors and Alternatives

Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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Real User
Network Engineer Principal
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The flexibility, how accurately the VPCs operate as well as the redundancy built into it with the VPCs are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improved ISSU.

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

We had our Cisco account rep and they helped us figure out what the right solution was for us.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product a pretty solid eight out of ten because it's been pretty reliable and good and it's done what it's supposed to do. There's been a little bit of bugginess in the code, but that happens. I would consider the cost and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were using another solution and we went with Cisco because it has more features. Also because Cisco is reliably good; nobody ever got fired for choosing Cisco. We were looking at Arista and Juniper, but we ended up going with Cisco… more»
Karthikeyan Krishnan
Real User
Network Engineer at Applied Materials
Jul 09 2019

What needs improvement?

We really lag on the AC infrastructure where the configuration and the changes make a difference in terms of troubleshooting. The product improves us when we see an expert and L1/L2 engineers for support. We have a dependency there. A simple configuration makes a big difference. It can create more… more»

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

I advise anyone to invest in a new solution because we do a periodic refresh every three years. For any product we buy, we ensure it is in the warranty and it is the leader in the market. We go through the Gartner studies to understand the leaders in the market. Then, we get the solutions from the… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 6 or 5. The reason is that we are into Cisco for a long time. They have been very good supporters since we began the network environment. For any technology on the education part, for the training and decisions, there are more resources available… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Another option was Aruba Networks.
Real User
CTO at a tech services company
Jul 05 2019

What is most valuable?

This is a very feature-rich solution, but the most valuable feature is flexibility. The interface is as user-friendly as you can make it.

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of integration with existing systems has been helpful.

What needs improvement?

There are too many different model numbers and too much complexity. The Nexus 9K, for example, came from a family of twenty offerings.

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

Based on client demand, which was moving towards software-defined networking, the Nexus 9000 was the next step. We used the prior generation, Catalyst, before this.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very good product, although it would be nice to restrict the number of offerings. My suggestion is to evaluate ACI, SDN, and the Nexus 9000. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not have other vendors on our shortlist.
Real User
Senior Network Design Engineer at Kent State University
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate. We're working toward allowing the server administrators to configure their own ports for their new servers that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have increased the throughput of our datacenter. Where before we had switches that were two, one-gig LAG uplinks, we now have eighty-gig. This means that the… more»

What needs improvement?

Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.

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

We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees. For us, this product is perfect for what we need and it came at the perfect price point.

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

We had Cisco switches in our data center that were reaching their end-of-life in a few years. We also had other vendor switches that were coming up on end-of-life, and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product has absolutely surpassed our expectation of throughput. The network team used to be blamed for slowness in the data center, but now we can confidently say… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Arista and Juniper were both on the shortlist. We bought a few Juniper QFX series switches, and we did not like the product at all. We were investigating Arista, but Cisco… more»
Dan Newman
Real User
Principal Engineer 2 at Charter Communications, Inc.
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Cisco Nexus are the performance, flexibility, configuration, and cost. It's not a traditional pricing model from Cisco. They've offered our company a considerable reduction in price. That makes Cisco Nexus now… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I don't think we've been using Cisco Nexus long enough to know accurately how it is improving our organization. Our first deployment was about a month ago.

What needs improvement?

One improvement needed is support for Multi-CAD scale that we were concerned about. We're not hitting any limits at this point. There were concerns about the amount of server capacity that was going to be available. We like to see things… more»

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

In the production of our network, we've grown in scale, and that's really what it came down to. Previously we wouldn't have thought that a Nexus product was comparable to some of the other vendors, like Arista and Juniper. But the features… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 9. Cisco is very competitive with the other companies that are out there. I would recommend them. We've had very good luck. Cisco is a leader. They help us with the deployment at a lower cost.
Real User
Network Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it scales well. It supports a lot of servers. We don't have to come up with different designs for anything. That's the best part about it.

How has it helped my organization?

This product helps us by resolving the issue of not having to install fiber everywhere. If you use Nexus, it has the 10G copper ports. That way we can just use the current infrastructure. Cisco Nexus… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have the feature where you can install something like operf on it so you can do troubleshooting without having to configure operf on servers. We had issues with Cisco Nexus during… more»

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

We are a Cisco shop. We don't have to worry about learning different commands with Cisco Nexus. It still has different commands because of the platform, but it was a lot easier to understand than if… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco Nexus an eight. When trying to do the upgrades sometimes there are issues. Sometimes you get a bug that Cisco doesn't know about. When you try to explain it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was Cisco or Juniper.
Real User
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the 7700 series is probably that it lets you have multi-context, and also VPC setup, where you have two logical devices that are still separate in terms of management… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us have fewer physical interfaces by being able to share it with multiple virtual contacts. By doing that, we can have fewer devices and fewer physical interfaces, yet retain a more… more»

What needs improvement?

They should make sure that the back address auto is baselined. I think it might even be baselined, so it might be that one of our team members had messed that up, but it just wasn't a very… more»

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

The previous solution we used was the Catalyst 6506 series. We switched to 7706 at that time because it was pretty much comparable to that. It was either a 6506 or moving to a 6807, which was the… more»

What other advice do I have?

When we were purchasing this, it was the best solution. Now, you might want to look at the Nexus 9000 solution, or maybe the Catalyst 9000 series. You might consider your environment and see what you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We talked with a lot of vendors, such as Juniper, FortiGate, and some of the other players. Cisco was our chosen solution, because of the level of support and familiarity we had. A lot of us trained… more»
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