Compare Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access

Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 14 reviews while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 5 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "A versatile solution with stacking capability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access writes "Easy to use, good network visibility, and is able to isolate compromising devices, but the network management needs improvement". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, whereas Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and Meraki MS Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access report.
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Pros
The layer-2 switching is very fast.The hardware is rugged. We use it for the basic configuration.The solution is compatible with many brands, such as VMware.The command-line interface is easy to use.The quality, like all Cisco solutions, is very high. The fact that it's Cisco is one of the reasons we chose to use it.One valuable feature is that you can string a number of switches together, and the fact that there are various methods to connect them, such as by stacking.The queue functionality is the solution's most valuable feature, specifically because we are delivering a lot of Layer 2 services. Layer 2 protocol tunnels work well on Cisco switches.This is a great solution for network switching and security.

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The most valuable feature of this product is its simplicity.What I really love in FortiSwitch: its usability, the graphical user interface, and the ability to be managed by FortiGate.The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network.The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information.One of the most feature-packed switching solutions you can implement.

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Cons
I would like to see this solution automatically store multiple versions of the configuration file.We've had hardware problems like SSDs, ports, networking, things like that.The price could be lower. It's quite expensive.The licensing needs to be improved.Cisco has a licensing procedure that is very complicated and it changes every six months.Switches should be made stackable, even if they are not of the same model.The solution needs to work on lowering the amount of bugs. We find them quite regularly.Technical support for integrations with other network products is insufficient and should be improved.

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The product could use more security related features.If you contact Fortinet, it's a bit difficult. Most of the time, they send you just links and documents to read for troubleshooting. When you contact support, you don't need documents. You want someone that can understand your problem, give a hand, and help you. I'm not impressed by the support really.I don't like the way it's managed.The solution has SD-WAN but it doesn't have SDN. This should be added.Technical support needs to take a different approach and pricing should appear more competitive.

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This is an expensive solution, but you are paying for stability.The price of this solution is good.Pricing for this product is high but the cost is worth it if you can afford it.Not inexpensive. Price will vary widely depending on the chosen product and size of the deployment.The pricing is reasonable, and for small business it is acceptable.

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It's affordable compared to other switching products, like Cisco switches.It's affordable and there are no additional costs, just regular support, and license fees.The cost appears to be high in comparison to other competing products although with this product you are paying for what you get.

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1st
out of 35 in Ethernet Switches
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18,118
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Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
576
Avg. Rating
8.5
13th
out of 35 in Ethernet Switches
Views
3,429
Comparisons
3,045
Reviews
3
Average Words per Review
609
Avg. Rating
7.0
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Overview
Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.

Ideal for small to medium businesses, distributed enterprises, and branch offices, FortiSwitch secure access switches deliver superior security, performance, and manageability. In addition, they help increase productivity for next generation applications through faster network access speeds.

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Sample Customers
Linz AGBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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University18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Software R&D Company12%
Wholesaler/Distributor6%
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Comms Service Provider25%
Software R&D Company14%
Media Company7%
Government7%
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