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Pros
"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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"The 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms of connecting from one device to another. It is a pretty good and robust solution. It works pretty well in terms of scalability, and their technical support is amazing."

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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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"They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the director of the interconnected nodes, they cut them back, and they still have that kind of structure."

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"The pricing for this product is good."

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"In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution."

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Questions from the Community
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 40 gig backbone InterConneX was valuable for our use case. It is even faster now. QFabric has spine-leaf technology or topology, which basically makes every single hop only one hop away in terms… more »
Top Answer: In terms of price, the QFabric solution is going to be probably in the middle of the road for a fabric solution.
Top Answer: They are working on the virtualization of the actual fabric layer. They are moving away from the original spine-leaf design to a different infrastructure. Instead of having three tiers, which was the… more »
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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.
Juniper QFabric System is composed of multiple components working together as a single switch to provide high-performance, any-to-any connectivity and management simplicity in the data center. The QFabric System flattens the entire data center network to a single tier where all access points are equal, eliminating the effects of network locality and making it the ideal network foundation for cloud-ready, virtualized data centers.The highly scalable QFabric System improves application performance with low latency and converged services in a nonblocking, lossless architecture that supports Layer 2, Layer 3, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities.
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Sample Customers
Bellevue, Calligaris, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Management Science Associates, Multi-Customer, Oediv, Roper St. Francis, SNAM
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider53%
Computer Software Company18%
Media Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise38%
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Cisco FabricPath is ranked 6th in LAN Switching with 8 reviews while Juniper QFabric is ranked 8th in LAN Switching with 1 review. Cisco FabricPath is rated 8.2, while Juniper QFabric is rated 8.0. 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 Juniper QFabric writes "A robust and scalable solution with amazing technical support and a special setup that can detect what is connected". Cisco FabricPath is most compared with Arista Campus LAN Switches, Brocade VCS, Cisco Nexus, Cisco Catalyst Switches and HPE ProCurve, whereas Juniper QFabric is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Arista Campus LAN Switches.

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