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Pros
"It has good integration with HPE Primera. They have smart zoning in which the administration is very easy. You don't have to do anything. Zoning and other things are done automatically if you just enable the smart zoning. That's one very good thing in HP.""I have not had any issues with our Brocade switches.""There's a zone for each server and services in the storage."

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"We only deal with Cisco products, they are very good.""I like their after-sales support more than anything because it's very good.""One main feature of this solution is the POE switches.""Cisco's support is number one in the world.""The most valuable features are network monitoring and management.""We only use the basic features and we find that it works well.""We like the stability and scalability of Cisco Ethernet Switches.""Cisco Ethernet Switches is stable and robust."

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Cons
"It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches.""These switches are no longer supported.""No graphical interface."

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"Cisco could also open the API up to work closely with other systems.""There are some GUI configuration improvements that they can implement in the future for the product models.""Better manageability and ease of use would be an improvement.""The initial setup can be simplified.""In the future, some of the features could be updated to support the latest functions.""Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""You have to be Cisco-certified to work on Cisco products, so we can't get into Cisco to do even basic configurations.""The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this."

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"It is an expensive product.""We get the SMARTnet and one of the switches has that Cisco ONE licensing. It's probably running about $12,000 a year right now.""With all of the features and when you compare with other solutions, the cost is much less.""The solution does not require a license. However, it is expensive and the price could improve.""Cisco is an industry leader, but the price is very high.""We are happy with the pricing from Cisco.""The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us.""Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I have not had any issues with our Brocade switches.
Top Answer: These switches are no longer supported.
Top Answer: We use Brocade switches for our LAN and for our SAN.
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: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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Overview
From the world's first Ethernet fabric technology, to an open controller that eliminates vendor lock-in, to a switch stack that you can distribute throughout your campus, Brocade Ethernet Switches give you choices. Whether that means functionality, vendors, or even locations beyond the wiring closet, every option is secure, economical, and easily manageable.
Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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Sample Customers
Ajubeo, Akquinet AG, Big Data Analytics Provider Boligkontoret Danmark Bristol is Open, CDE Lightband, Cicero School District 99, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Emergency, City of Chattanooga, Cloudscale.sh
Linz AG
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company16%
Government14%
Manufacturing Company5%
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University9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
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Brocade Ethernet Switches is ranked 19th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 52 reviews. Brocade Ethernet Switches is rated 7.6, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Brocade Ethernet Switches writes "Secure access to storage data; lacks a graphical interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Brocade Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Mellanox Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches. See our Brocade Ethernet Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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