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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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"It has reduced the number of people on the network team along with the system engineer involved in the security process. So, it is valuable.""From a distributed firewall perspective, it's a solid solution.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days.""The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions.""The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing.""This is the most scalable product of its type.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""The most valuable features are stability and low cost."

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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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"We would to have a reverse proxy. This would add great value to the solution.""We would like better integration with the standards on the market. For example, with OSPF, their integration in NSX is very low. It's not a full OSPF integration. It is too thin from a protocol perspective.""It could be cheaper!""Everybody needs a network to connect to, and VMware doesn't readily provide one.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced.""Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area.""There are always issues integrating with Cisco."

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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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"We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.""The solution is very expensive.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis.""It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.""The price of this product is too high.""This solution requires a licence.""VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."

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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: It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way.
Top Answer: I'm not involved in the licensing process at all. I have no knowledge of how long our licenses last or how much it costs the company.
Top Answer: NSX-T supports more platforms, and VMware NSX only supports some platforms like KVM. I want to see support for Hyper-V and other hypervisors. Their technical support could be faster as well.
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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.
VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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Financial Services Firm13%
Government13%
Healthcare Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
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Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Retailer4%
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Retailer23%
Financial Services Firm23%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
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Computer Software Company27%
Government5%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
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Midsize Enterprise16%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise68%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Nexus vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 15 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 21 reviews. Cisco Nexus is rated 8.6, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Allows for seamless micro-segmentation and the support is exceptional". Cisco Nexus is most compared with Cisco Catalyst Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Brocade VCS, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Cisco SD-WAN. See our Cisco Nexus vs. VMware NSX report.

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