Compare Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus

Cisco FabricPath is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 6 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 68 reviews. Cisco FabricPath is rated 8.0, 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, Brocade VCS and Arista Campus LAN Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Juniper QFabric and Arista Networks Platform. See our Cisco FabricPath vs. Cisco Nexus report.
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Pros
The technical assistance is good.The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability.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.It's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.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.The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers.

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The most valuable feature of the 7700 series is probably the multi-context subset VRS, which lets you use multi-VRS, multi-context, and also VPC setup, where you have two logical devices that are still separate in terms of management planes, but have shared, virtual core channels.Solid product, communications and support from a well-known dependable company.Nexus provides inner redundancy. It allows us to perform updates on individual switches, while still maintaining reliability and uptime on the server.It provides a very flexible connection to a server. When you go into history and the VPC, it provides a very flexible connection from it. Once a server goes down I can instruct it easily. So the network actually keeps quality even if onsite it is down.The most valuable features are the great performance, high availability and easy administration.We leverage Cisco DCNM a lot, which allows us to automate.The setup was very easy, but managing it in operations was very complex.The most valuable feature of Cisco Nexus is the performance, flexibility, configuration, and cost. It's not a traditional pricing model from Cisco. They've offered our company a considerable reduction in price. That makes Cisco Nexus now very competitive with other vendors.

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

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The initial setup was pretty complex, mostly because of our environment, having to do multi-context. That's where you have a lot of different logical routes that are in one physical device, and it can get kind of complex trying to think about how to set all that up. You really have to whiteboard it out a lot.The product could be updated more frequently for other phone model support.Overall, I wish it was a more intuitive OS.There is some room for improvement when it comes to the frequency on the network.Our only complaint is about the licensing because it can always be a little more cost-effective.We lag on the configuration. The changes make a difference in troubleshooting.One improvement needed is support for Multi-CAD scale that we were concerned about. We're not hitting any limits at this point.I would like to see more granularity.

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We have a three-year subscription for our licensing fees.We have three hundred to four hundred data centers of Nexus. So the coverage associated with Smart Net is 27 by 4, is basically what we spend each year. If the incentives get better, which I know they're working on, it would be great but right now we're buying year to year.Our licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100K a year for the switching part.It's around $160K a year for our license.This solution should be made more affordable.Our licensing fees are paid annually.We only have a yearly support contract, as we do not use any of the subscription-based functions at this time.The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually.

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6th
out of 18 in LAN Switching
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937
Comparisons
834
Reviews
5
Average Words per Review
406
Avg. Rating
8.0
2nd
out of 18 in LAN Switching
Views
5,154
Comparisons
3,656
Reviews
68
Average Words per Review
436
Avg. Rating
8.5
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Overview
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, SNAMAdvanced 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
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Government15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company12%
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Software R&D Company20%
Government13%
Retailer8%
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