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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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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 feature
It 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.
The most valuable feature of the 7700 series is probably the multi-context subset VRS, which lets you use multi-VRS, multi-context, and also VPC setup, where you have two logical devices that are still separate in terms of management planes, but have shared, virtual core channels.
Solid product, communications and support from a well-known dependable company.
Nexus provides inner redundancy. It allows us to perform updates on individual switches, while still maintaining reliability and uptime on the server.
It provides a very flexible connection to a server. When you go into history and the VPC, it provides a very flexible connection from it. Once a server goes down I can instruct it easily. So the network actually keeps quality even if onsite it is down.
The most valuable features are the great performance, high availability and easy administration.
We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate.
The setup was very easy, but managing it in operations was very complex.
The most valuable feature of Cisco Nexus is the performance, flexibility, configuration, and cost. It's not a traditional pricing model from Cisco. They've offered our company a considerable reduction in price. That makes Cisco Nexus now very competitive with other vendors.
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.
The initial setup was pretty complex, mostly because of our environment, having to do multi-context. That's where you have a lot of different logical routes that are in one physical device, and it can get kind of complex trying to think about how to set all that up. You really have to whiteboard it out a lot.
The product could be updated more frequently for other phone model support.
Overall, I wish it was a more intuitive OS.
There is some room for improvement when it comes to the frequency on the network.
Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.
We lag on the configuration. The changes make a difference in troubleshooting.
One improvement needed is support for Multi-CAD scale that we were concerned about. We're not hitting any limits at this point.
I would like to see more granularity.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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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.
We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees.
We have three hundred to four hundred data centers of Nexus. So the coverage associated with Smart Net is 27 by 4, is basically what we spend each year. If the incentives get better, which I know they're working on, it would be great but right now we're buying year to year.
Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part.
It's around $160K a year for our license.
This solution should be made more affordable.
Our licensing fees are paid annually.
We only have a yearly support contract, as we do not use any of the subscription-based functions at this time.
The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually.
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|Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst|
|Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.||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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