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"The 802.1X port security and other security features work well and help keep the network secure.""The CLI is pretty much the same across all switching and routing platforms from Cisco, making deployment of new switches, replacement of damaged equipment, or upgrades to newer platforms very easy.""Their technical support is good, one of the best in the industry.""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.""We heavily use the SmartPort features. It has really helped us. The U.S. policies are handled by the auto SmartPort feature""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."

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"The unique ring topology is actually a handy innovation.""The price is low compared to the competition."

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"To make it a ten they should simplify the licensing, add the cloud-managed feature, and it should be more cost-effective.""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.""They should make so that they let users know five to ten minutes before productivity is restored in the case of power loss.""The current catalyst is probably outdated so we will most likely move to the newer version of the solution soon.""Cisco should provide customers with a more advantageous licensing model included with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."

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"The training and resources for learning are lacking."

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"Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.""The price is on the higher side.""It's very pricey. Compared to competitors, it's a lot more expensive.""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."

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"On pricing, ExtremeSwitches are going to beat most of the major competition."

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Top Answer: The biggest advantage of having this solution is that it is easy to find engineers, and they are cheaper than hiring HP engineers.
Top Answer: The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support.
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Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.ExtremeSwitching is the family of products comprising different switch types: Modular (X8 and 8000 series [formerly BlackDiamond] and S and K series switches); Stackable (X-series and A, B, C, and 7100 series switches); Standalone (SSA, X430, and D, 200, 800, and ISW series); and Mobile Backhaul (E4G). ExtremeSwitching work from Edge Switching that ensures the performance and reliable operation of end-user devices and applications including port density, bandwidth, and network services to Aggregation / Core Switches is designed for the demanding needs of aggregation, top-of-rack and campus core environments, these switches deliver 10Gb, 40Gb and even 100Gb bandwidth with maximum throughput and reliability.
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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 ArenaBlue Waters
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company14%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company20%
K 12 Educational Company Or School4%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
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Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 25 reviews while ExtremeSwitching is ranked 7th in LAN Switching with 1 review. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.8, while ExtremeSwitching is rated 8.0. 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 ExtremeSwitching writes "The unique ring topology protocol and pricing makes this a unique solution worthy of consideration". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches, whereas ExtremeSwitching is most compared with Extreme VDX.

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