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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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"It is a scalable, reliable, stable and efficient solution.""A very solid and reliable solution.""Cisco Nexus is very safe and stable. I've been here 8 months. We have some devices that have been out for 11 years.""This solution provides all of the routing and searching features that we need.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""The consolidation of all of the layer two ports into one rack is very valuable.""This solution has allowed us to better prepare our network for 10-gigabit.""This solution has saved us both time and money because we now have the ability to control all of these telephony devices that are deployed nationwide."

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"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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"The GUI interface could be improved to make it more user friendly.""The only thing to improve is to continue to get better.""Cisco Nexus is just a platform. You just set it up, give it an IP, and then start configuring it. But there are a million features to configure.""Some of the DHCP features need improvement.""I would like to see a lighter platform.""I would like to see more on-device programmability, as it seems to be lacking in this platform.""My only complaint is that not all of the ports on it are enabled from the start.""There is always room for improvement."

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"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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"Costs more than most, but the reliability pays for the difference.""The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market.""Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year.""Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.""All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.""This is a very expensive product.""The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance.""Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month."

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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: The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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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
Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm13%
Healthcare Company13%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Company Size
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise44%
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise43%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise78%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
510,534 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 79 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6. 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 Nexus writes "A high-performance switch that is designed for lossless data and our customers are happy with". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches, QSC Q-SYS NS Series and Dell-Force10 Campus LAN Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Extreme VDX and VMware NSX. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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