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Pros
"The initial setup was really straightforward and easy.""The technical support is good.""There's a zone for each server and services in the storage.""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."

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"For me, the initial setup was easy and straightforward, but for some of our customers who are not as familiar with networking, it can be complicated.""A stable product that is absolutely dependable.""This is a great solution for network switching and security.""The technical support is good and they respond quickly. I haven't had any problems.""The most valuable feature is the complete functionality, but the most important thing is support.""The queue functionality is the solution's most valuable feature, specifically because we are delivering a lot of Layer 2 services. Layer 2 protocol tunnels work well on Cisco switches.""One valuable feature is that you can string a number of switches together, and the fact that there are various methods to connect them, such as by stacking.""The command-line interface is easy to use."

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Cons
"There are some performance issues.""No graphical interface.""It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches."

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"The dashboard needs some minor improvements.""The product could improve in the area of simulated switches.""Technical support for integrations with other network products is insufficient and should be improved.""This may be something that they are already working on, but it would be an improvement if they could add a layer of security to layer two and layer three to protect the server and to protect the data.""Pricing could be lower.""The solution needs to work on lowering the amount of bugs. We find them quite regularly.""Switches should be made stackable, even if they are not of the same model.""The licensing needs to be improved."

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"Not inexpensive. Price will vary widely depending on the chosen product and size of the deployment.""Pricing for this product is high but the cost is worth it if you can afford it.""The pricing is reasonable, and for small business it is acceptable.""The price of this solution is good.""This is an expensive solution, but you are paying for stability.""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.""These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment.""We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: There's a zone for each server and services in the storage.
Top Answer: There are other solutions that are free and that enable you to check the access of the ports and the IU stats also. In this solution there isn't one for the switch that allows for checking the stats… more »
Top Answer: I work as a system infrastructure engineer and our company is a customer of Brocade.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the performance.
Top Answer: Cisco needs to include new features to attract new customers.
Top Answer: Cisco Ethernet Switches are being used as part of our new data centers.
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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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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.shLinz AG
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Comms Service Provider26%
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Wholesaler/Distributor12%
Comms Service Provider12%
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Computer Software Company12%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company17%
Government7%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about Brocade Ethernet Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Brocade Ethernet Switches is ranked 15th in Ethernet Switches with 4 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 26 reviews. Brocade Ethernet Switches is rated 8.2, 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 "A versatile solution with stacking capability". Brocade Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, Arista Networks Platform and Mellanox Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches. See our Brocade Ethernet Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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