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"The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers.""The technical support we get from Cisco is excellent. It's the best in the industry. We're more than satisfied with the level of service they provide.""It's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.""The fact that the solution is on the cloud is its most valuable aspect. If you are on the cloud, you can manage your network from anywhere, any place. It's very good.""The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability.""The technical assistance is good.""The most valuable features are the security, web control, and traffic control.""Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend."

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"It is a scalable, reliable, stable and efficient solution.""A very solid and reliable solution.""Cisco Nexus is very safe and stable. I've been here 8 months. We have some devices that have been out for 11 years.""This solution provides all of the routing and searching features that we need.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""The consolidation of all of the layer two ports into one rack is very valuable.""This solution has allowed us to better prepare our network for 10-gigabit.""This solution has saved us both time and money because we now have the ability to control all of these telephony devices that are deployed nationwide."

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"I would like to see better interoperability with other IT solutions.""The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell to clients.""Improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation.""The solution should offer better reporting.""Lack of security features for which we need to use another solution.""I would like one management console to control the network.""The management features are in need of improvement."

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"The GUI interface could be improved to make it more user friendly.""The only thing to improve is to continue to get better.""Cisco Nexus is just a platform. You just set it up, give it an IP, and then start configuring it. But there are a million features to configure.""Some of the DHCP features need improvement.""I would like to see a lighter platform.""I would like to see more on-device programmability, as it seems to be lacking in this platform.""My only complaint is that not all of the ports on it are enabled from the start.""There is always room for improvement."

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"The pricing for this product is good."

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"Costs more than most, but the reliability pays for the difference.""The price of this solution is good when compared to others in the market.""Our licensing fees are approximately $2,000 USD per year.""Every Cisco product is more expensive than competitors on the market, which is just a fact, but from my perspective, it is worth it.""All of our costs including subscription, licensing, and support services are bundled together, and the cost is approximately $100,000 USD per year.""This is a very expensive product.""The license for Cisco Nexus is one year to three years, in this case for the SMARTnet. It is a price per unit, in terms of this specific appliance.""Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $200 USD per month."

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Top Answer: Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.
Top Answer: The management features are in need of improvement.
Top Answer: The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
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Cisco FabricPath is a Cisco NX-OS software innovation combining the plug-and-play simplicity of Ethernet with the reliability and scalability of Layer 3 routing. Using FabricPath, you can build highly scalable Layer 2 multipath networks without the Spanning Tree Protocol. Such networks are particularly suitable for large virtualization deployments, private clouds, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The benefits of Cisco FabricPath include: Minimal commands per switch ease configuration and operation, Autodiscovery simplifies addition of new links and switches, Provision additional network bandwidth without impacting network, Supports one-, two-, or three-tier architectures, VLAN extensibility across the data center.
The Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center. Not simply bigger or faster, these switches offer the following characteristics: infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency, transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can also handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing and operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare if not totally extinct.
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Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company5%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Company Size
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise78%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Cisco FabricPath is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 8 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 80 reviews. Cisco FabricPath is rated 8.2, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco FabricPath writes "Has the ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions, good stability and good documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "A high-performance switch that is designed for lossless data and our customers are happy with". Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Juniper QFabric, Arista Campus LAN Switches, Brocade VCS, Cisco Catalyst Switches and HPE ProCurve, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric and Dell PowerConnect Switches. See our Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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