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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"The initial setup is pretty easy.""I like the fact that they are a well-supported product.""Cisco Nexus meets all of our requirements.""Cisco is refining the features all the time and you can see this in all the different vendors.""The most valuable feature is performance.""It's easy to use, and the performance is great.""From a data center implementation, with respect to competition from your data, there isn't really a product recovery for the different tests other than Cisco Nexus. For example, if you take Multi-tenancy for the data center, it's something which, I think, only Cisco has. There are some implementation from HP, but I think it's limited there.""Its easy management is most valuable. It is easy to use, easy to manage, stable, and very reliable."

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"The fabric of the solution and the management aspect are the solution's most valuable features.""Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication."

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Cons
"The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""I am looking for a GUI that goes alongside them and more SD-WAN built to their core switches.""I feel that this solution should be more flexible and scalable.""They could improve on having different technologies between product models.""There is an ongoing problem with the limitation of the TCAM table, which is that it doesn't have enough memory to allow you to be really granular with your policy.""The price could be better.""One of the biggest challenges, which I see is that there's a constant evolution in the product. For example, our configuration is based on what is known as traditional data center implementation. Today there is the ACI deployment and to implement, to migrate from one technology to another, that's challenging both from a configuration perspective and also from a cost perspective.""The cost of the support can be improved. We had critical operations, and we needed 24/7 support for 365 days, which was quite expensive. We had to go for a very costly support contract, which was really a concern. The availability of spare parts, especially in a remote location such as Egypt, can also be improved."

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"The only problem is that at the moment it's an Extreme product and Extreme is not really pushing it. They have to make up for weak innovation and I'm not sure if they want to do that.""Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I thought that it would be less expensive.""We use a local distributor for support, which is very expensive.""The price of the product is reasonable.""The Nexus 9000 is very competitively priced.""The problem with Cisco, from what I see, is that their costs are much higher.""Licensing is annual or every three years. We were one of the big customers, and we used to get good prices, but the cost of the support can be improved.""The solution is expensive.""We have a virtual license."

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"It was around $1500 a year. It is cheaper than Cisco but more expensive than Ruckus."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.
Top Answer: Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication.
Top Answer: Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version.
Top Answer: Read the documentation of the current model and always create a backup because anything can happen. I was working in a rural area, and the weather kept interfering with signal strengths and bandwidth… more »
Ranking
3rd
out of 15 in LAN Switching
Views
5,660
Comparisons
3,557
Reviews
52
Average Words per Review
414
Rating
8.5
20th
out of 37 in Ethernet Switches
Views
816
Comparisons
609
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
362
Rating
8.5
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Also Known As
VDX, Brocade VDX
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Overview
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.
Brocade VDX Switches support Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabrics with open standards and extensive scalability to deliver high performance, capacity, and reliability for data center spine and leaf deployments. It includes the following products: Brocade VDX 6740 SWITCHES, Brocade VDX 6940 SWITCH and Brocade VDX 8770 SWITCH.
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Sample Customers
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
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm13%
Government13%
Healthcare Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Retailer4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company18%
Educational Organization6%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
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Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 15 reviews while Extreme VDX is ranked 20th in Ethernet Switches with 2 reviews. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6, while Extreme VDX is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Extreme VDX writes "A simple and stable solution with a web interface and two-factor authentication". Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches and VMware NSX, whereas Extreme VDX is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Dell PowerConnect Switches, ExtremeSwitching, VMware NSX and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches.

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