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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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"The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers.""The technical support we get from Cisco is excellent. It's the best in the industry. We're more than satisfied with the level of service they provide.""It's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.""The fact that the solution is on the cloud is its most valuable aspect. If you are on the cloud, you can manage your network from anywhere, any place. It's very good.""The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability.""The technical assistance is good.""The most valuable features are the security, web control, and traffic control.""Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend."

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Cons
"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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"I would like to see better interoperability with other IT solutions.""The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell to clients.""Improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation.""The solution should offer better reporting.""Lack of security features for which we need to use another solution.""I would like one management console to control the network.""The management features are in need of improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"The pricing for this product is good."

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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.
Top Answer: Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.
Top Answer: The management features are in need of improvement.
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Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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Overview
Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
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Sample Customers
Afni, 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
Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
Top Industries
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University15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company18%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews while Cisco FabricPath is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 8 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco FabricPath is rated 8.2. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Has the ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions, good stability and good documentation". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform and Dell PowerConnect Switches, whereas Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Arista Campus LAN Switches, Brocade VCS, Cisco Nexus and HPE ProCurve. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco FabricPath report.

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