Cisco Nexus Pricing and License Cost

PreSales7bd0
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cisco's licensing structures can be complex across different technologies, for example, unified communications. The ACI licensing is not so bad. As they are moving to the DNA Essentials, as opposed to the old Cisco One Advantage-type solution, it is adding a little more complexity to the licensing scenarios. But in general, I think that Cisco is moving toward synching everything up and trying to get everything licensed in a similar way, whether its a data center switch or a campus network switch. I'm fine with where Cisco is moving to. View full review »
ITManage41ee
IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I am intimately aware of what the licensing costs are with Cisco Nexus. It depends on what we decide, how much margin, and what our strategy is when we have an intersection point to where we think won't be spending money on equipment we aren't going to use. I have already had conversations, here and at the five portals required to manage the licensing, with the new OS releases and the requirement to use the smart license portal. There are too many portals. We need a manager. Cisco Nexus is similar to other licensing costs but it's painful right now. I've sent everything to our account executive to work with for our systems integration and logistical partners. They need to solve this and help train the team. There's a big gap in there. Cisco Nexus is very costly for the service. It's insurance in case something happens. We have a very good strategy that we're happy with, it's just the renewal process that is problematic on the license. When I walked through the customer experience center and explained the situation, they got a good feel for how much pain and suffering it's been. Cisco needs to understand how hard the renewals are each year for us. Even having the SmartNet Total Care portal, having a person dedicated to the distributors, etc. it's still a mess. If the incentives get better, which I know Cisco is working on, it would be great, right now, we're buying the license year-to-year. We have three hundred to four hundred data centers of Nexus. So the coverage associated with Smart Net, 27 by 4, is basically what we spend each year. View full review »
Per Hougaard
Network Architect at Nvent
Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it. View full review »
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SeniorNe0813
Senior Network Design Engineer at Kent State University
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. View full review »
NetworkE2c48
Network Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We do yearly licensing. I don't directly pay for Cisco Nexus. Enterprise, above me, pays for all our licensing across the United States. I know we do pay a yearly fee for our portion. View full review »
LeaderOf432e
Leader of Network Engineering at MVP Health Care
All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year. View full review »
Consulta4de9
Consultant at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance. That's something I could see Cisco doing a better job with, i.e. managing SMARTnet contracts for customers. Too much of the onus is on the customer to manage their SMARTnet contracts. They always do a bad job at that. It's a miss for the customers because they don't have the protection that they need. It's a miss for Cisco because they don't have the revenue. Cisco needs to rely more on its distributors to take on that role, but I don't think they always do. View full review »
SrManage17d3
Sr Manager of Network and Telephony at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We only have a yearly support contract, as we do not use any of the subscription-based functions at this time. View full review »
Ricardo Mancilla
Solutions Architect at ABS Technology
Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part. View full review »
Khalid Mustafa
Service Validation Engineers at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our licensing fees are paid annually. View full review »
ProductMf527
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Customers do not understand the new licenses or subscription very well. Cisco should work on this. The subscription for licensing is expensive while other vendors provide a switch with everything at a lower price. View full review »
NetworkDd05b
Network Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
It's around $160K a year for our license. View full review »
NetworkA4cd8
Network Adminstrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year. View full review »
NetworkEe9dd
Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
From an engineering perspective, the pros outweigh the cons in terms of price. View full review »
SrNetwordef0
Sr Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The licensing is the area that we are working that's a challenge. With smart licensing, it's all new to us. It used to be, we purchased something and the license was IP-based. With advanced services, you go in and add more depth or details to the license. View full review »
Kervin Aterrado
Network Engineer at Table Mountain
The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually. View full review »
NetworkCaac9
Network Coordinator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We do yearly licensing. View full review »
NetworkE1a81
Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't really deal with the pricing but I know that it's not cheap. View full review »
Nate Cielieska
Network Engineer at solutions4networks
The license on a yearly basis is $200,000. View full review »
Roberto Castillo
Internetwork Solution Engineer at OPLK
Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month. View full review »
Andrew Svolopoulos
Unified Network Architect at Barry-Wehmiller
This solution should be made more affordable. View full review »
SeniorVo338e
Senior Voice Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a perpetual license, which means that when we purchase a box, there's no license in the box. Those 9K's are just routers. They're like big data center switches. View full review »
Zaki Shah
Sr. Data Center Network Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Our licensing costs are yearly. View full review »
NetworkE492f
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market. When we purchased the hardware, the software license came with it. View full review »
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