Anonymous UserInformation Technology & Audio Visual Engineer at a non-tech company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The fabric of the solution and the management aspect are the solution's most valuable features."
"Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication."
"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."
"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."
"Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version."
"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."
"It was around $1500 a year. It is cheaper than Cisco but more expensive than Ruckus."
Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 55 reviews while Extreme VDX is ranked 20th in Ethernet Switches with 2 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while Extreme VDX 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 Extreme VDX writes "A simple and stable solution with a web interface and two-factor authentication". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches, whereas Extreme VDX is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches, ExtremeSwitching, VMware NSX and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches.
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