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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 has reduced the number of people on the network team along with the system engineer involved in the security process. So, it is valuable.""From a distributed firewall perspective, it's a solid solution.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days.""The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions.""The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing.""This is the most scalable product of its type.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""The most valuable features are stability and low cost."

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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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"We would to have a reverse proxy. This would add great value to the solution.""We would like better integration with the standards on the market. For example, with OSPF, their integration in NSX is very low. It's not a full OSPF integration. It is too thin from a protocol perspective.""It could be cheaper!""Everybody needs a network to connect to, and VMware doesn't readily provide one.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced.""Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area.""There are always issues integrating with Cisco."

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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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"We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.""The solution is very expensive.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis.""It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.""The price of this product is too high.""This solution requires a licence.""VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
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: We are currently reviewing various SD-WAN vendors for our infrastructure and what I found lacking with Cisco Meraki is that you cannot use Active/Active HA with two MX devices. Only HA is available… more »
Top Answer: It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way.
Top Answer: I'm not involved in the licensing process at all. I have no knowledge of how long our licenses last or how much it costs the company.
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Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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University15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Retailer24%
Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company27%
Government5%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise58%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 56 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 19 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. 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 VMware NSX writes "Allows for seamless micro-segmentation and the support is exceptional". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Cisco Nexus, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Cisco FabricPath, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Cisco SD-WAN. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. VMware NSX report.

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