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"The most valuable feature is the performance.""It's all-encompassing and can help you in all these different areas. If people realize that they want something that's going to work, that's pretty foolproof, then Cisco's always worth the investment.""The main features of this solution are performance and ease of use.""The procedures and handling of these switches are easy.""The installation is very straightforward.""It's for industry products, so it's easy to use.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the ability to manage the switches and the ability to have a certain level of familiarity with setting up and configuring the switches.""The product offers very good customer support. It's likely the best in the industry."

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"The main features of the solution I have found to be the interface and unique features other solutions do not have. Additionally, they have a lifetime warranty on the hardware.""A very robust solution.""It's fairly lightweight, they don't require a lot of maintenance.""These are the basic access layer switches used for connectivity among users, and they are cost-effective.""Stable and scalable.""It is a scalable solution.""The speed is very fast.""The simplicity of the commands is most valuable. The commands are the same for several devices."

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"Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""You do have to buy into the Cisco architecture to be able to use them.""If we can have fewer bugs on our switches, that would be great. We had bugs that caused the switch to reboot. There is probably a problem with the software.""I haven't heard from my engineers that they said it's excellent.""Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.""It would be nice if they had higher wattage for PoE+.""We are less in the Cloud because the Cloud technologies didn't work so well. That happened in all of the companies where I've been engaged.""There are some GUI configuration improvements that they can implement in the future for the product models."

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"If there is any fluctuation in power then we will face an outage with our POE switches, so this is something that should be improved.""The solution is a bit expensive.""There is some improvement needed for the power supply of the solution.""It would be better if they improve the implementation of SD-WAN.""The installation can be quite complex. However, that may not be the fault of HP and is rather more related to the way our infrastructure is arranged.""Technical support needs improvement, as the response time could be better.""Installation could be made more secure.""Authentication and other security features are not easily satisfied using the lower-end switches."

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"There is a license required for this solution and the price could be better.""Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models.""The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us.""Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing.""The solution does not require a license. However, it is expensive and the price could improve.""The price of this solution is fair.""Cisco is quite expensive. In our market, a lot of customers are forced to go with something else because they cannot afford a brand-new Cisco even though they know a Cisco switch will be more reliable.""Cisco is an industry leader, but the price is very high."

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"The price is fair.""They are affordable and less expensive than Cisco. Their price was the decider at the time.""The pricing is very good.""This is an expensive product.""There are no licensing costs for this solution.""All the solutions have a license for the QSFP. Additionally, there is a one-time license fee to increase the interface speed.""We need to pay when we buy the switch. We pay for a license to use the software, but it is not required.""It is a more expensive solution."

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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: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
Top Answer: It's fairly lightweight, they don't require a lot of maintenance.
Top Answer: There are no licensing fees, the price of the product is all that is required.
Top Answer: In general, the web GUI, or web interface, requires improvement. Interface, and the ability to do things that are only possible through the command line, which seems pointless because there is no… more »
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Manufacturing Company12%
Financial Services Firm10%
Healthcare Company7%
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company14%
Educational Organization5%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise35%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. HPE Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 53 reviews while HPE Ethernet Switches is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 16 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while HPE Ethernet Switches is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Ethernet Switches writes "Good management system, good support, and guaranteed for life". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Huawei Ethernet Switches, whereas HPE Ethernet Switches is most compared with Meraki MS Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and H3C Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. HPE Ethernet Switches report.

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