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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the ease of configuration.""These OmniSwitches are very manageable and easy to configure."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.""They don't ever fail and they have a long service life.""The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers.""The most valuable feature is the ease of configuring a switch.""In terms of technology, Cisco is the leader in everything. I'd rather buy a second-hand Cisco switch than a brand new switch from a competitor. They're that reliable and resilient.""We have dealt with Cisco's technical support in the past. They were especially helpful and very polite. They are always there if we need them and their insights are always excellent. I would say that we have been satisfied with the level of support we've gotten so far.""They have a robust monitoring system.""A very expandable solution."

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Cons
"There is no OEM support in India so RMAs need to be sent to France, which takes a long time if the hardware is faulty."

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"Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.""The price is high and it should be improved.""I would like to see better compatibility between Cisco and other vendors.""Reducing the price would be an improvement.""Out of the competition, Cisco switches are easily the most expensive.""The user interface needs improvement. Meraki has a much nicer UI. Cisco could learn a lot by looking at them. It might make them a bit more user friendly.""The biggest issue we are having is with bugs and memory loss, which occurs when developing the IOS.""The switches could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price is okay. It's comparable to similar switches."

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"Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.""The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support.""The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees.""Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000.""The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium.""Cisco products are not that cheap.""Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available.""I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the ease of configuration.
Top Answer: There is no OEM support in India so RMAs need to be sent to France, which takes a long time if the hardware is faulty. Having regional support in India would be very helpful.
Top Answer: We are a solution provider and these are some of the networking switches that we implement for our customers.
Top Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Catalyst Switches are very stable.
Top Answer: I don't know a lot about the price, but they are affordable compared with other solutions.
Ranking
11th
out of 15 in LAN Switching
Views
164
Comparisons
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Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
307
Rating
8.5
3rd
out of 15 in LAN Switching
Views
7,198
Comparisons
5,639
Reviews
50
Average Words per Review
459
Rating
8.7
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Alcatel Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches, OmniSwitch, OmniSwitch LAN Switches
Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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Advocate Health Care, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Azienda Ospedaliera della Provincia di Lodi, Centre Hospitalier Carcassonne, Certis Cisco Security, China Tianchen Engineering Corporation Co. LTD, City of Frankfurt, Dongseo University
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University15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise44%
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Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches is ranked 11th in LAN Switching with 2 reviews while Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews. Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches writes "Easy to configure and the security features are good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, whereas Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches and VMware NSX.

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