Compare Brocade FastIron vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches

Brocade FastIron is ranked 8th in Data Center Networking Equipment while Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking Equipment with 24 reviews. Brocade FastIron is rated 0, while Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Provides cost-effective posture assessment, captive portal, and a policy-driven network". Brocade FastIron is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches and Brocade BigIron, whereas Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Arista Networks Platform.
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Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.It's very pricey. Compared to competitors, it's a lot more expensive.The price is on the higher side.Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.I would rate the features-to-pricing ratio at six out of 10. My advice about licensing is that you should have a perpetual license, not one that is subscription-based.Catalyst is very expensive.Pricing is an issue I have been facing, in comparison with HPE or Juniper. The Nexus series is out of the question right now. Scalability is more an issue on the pricing side and less on the technology side.Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side.

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FastIronCisco Catalyst, Catalyst
Brocade FastIron SX Series of Layer 2/3 switches provide] a foundation for improved operational efficiency and faster response to business opportunities today and into the future. The FastIron SX Series extends control from the network edge to the backbone with intelligent network services, including superior Quality of Service (QoS), predictable performance, advanced security, comprehensive management, and integrated resiliency. In addition, the FastIron SX Series offers compatibility with a common operating system, and a shared interface and power supply modules reduce the cost of ownership by minimizing operational expenses and improving Return on Investment (ROI).Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
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Sample Customers
Huntington Beach Union High School DistrictAfni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
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Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider26%
Software R&D Company18%
Financial Services Firm14%
Manufacturing Company9%
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