Compare Brocade VDX vs. Cisco Catalyst Switches

Brocade VDX is ranked 5th in Data Center Networking Equipment with 1 review while Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in Data Center Networking Equipment with 24 reviews. Brocade VDX is rated 9.0, while Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Brocade VDX writes "Good management, good stability and good scalability". 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 VDX is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Cisco Catalyst Switches and Arista Networks Platform, whereas Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Arista Networks Platform.
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The fabric of the solution and the management aspect are the solution's most valuable features.

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They don't ever fail and they have a long service life.The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching.The new series has lots of great features, it's really lovely. From a management perspective, or a policy creation perspective, which we are seeing in the Catalyst 9000 series it is great.We heavily use the SmartPort features. It has really helped us. The U.S. policies are handled by the auto SmartPort featureIt has become easier for us to troubleshoot and find issues faster in the management software for the switches. It saves us troubleshooting time because if the network is down it has a big impact on production.Their technical support is very good. They know what to do and if they don't know what to do, they give me the person who does know.The stability and Cisco's support are the most valuable features.Their technical support is good, one of the best in the industry.

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The only problem is that at the moment it's an Extreme product and Extreme is not really pushing it. They have to make up for weak innovation and I'm not sure if they want to do that.

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The price is high and it should be improved.Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with the purchase of the equipment.The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon.They should make so that they let users know five to ten minutes before productivity is restored in the case of power loss.The newer models are not so stable. Other products like 6800, 3750, were stable but starting from 3850 it got worse. We have a lot of issues and a lot of bugs. It's a new product so it's understandable but it should be improved.It should have better security and the prices can always be lower. The cheaper the price, the better but if the quality is good, it's worth it. They also have to improve the firewalling.The prices are high. It's more expensive than other similar options.To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.

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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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Overview
Brocade VDX Switches support Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabrics with open standards and extensive scalability to deliver high performance, capacity, and reliability for data center spine and leaf deployments. It includes the following products: Brocade VDX 6740 SWITCHES, Brocade VDX 6940 SWITCH and Brocade VDX 8770 SWITCH.Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
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