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2018-06-08T00:56:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Catalyst Switches?

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Top 5Real User

The cost of this solution could be less expensive, and we are on an annual license.

2021-08-30T11:01:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution could be cheaper. It's a bit expensive. There aren't any extra costs for licensing or customization.

2021-08-11T14:52:23Z
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Top 20Consultant

There is no licensing fee. All of the features are available on the switch from day one. It's not a complicated license; you have to buy a license for different services or features. This is different. Most of the features are available without additional hardware.

2021-08-05T13:52:03Z
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Top 5Real User

There is a license required for the use of this solution and we pay annually.

2021-06-25T19:53:17Z
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Top 20Real User

The pricing is on the high end. Recently, at the beginning of this year, we actually did a comparison of Cisco and HP products. As far as I see it, given the same specifications and features, Cisco is comparatively expensive.

2021-06-24T18:42:25Z
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Top 10Real User

The price of this solution is reasonable.

2021-06-10T20:37:33Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is very pricey. You have to pay for support.

2021-06-09T14:16:30Z
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Top 20Consultant

I don't know a lot about the price, but they are affordable compared with other solutions.

2021-05-18T12:27:13Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing could be improved. It's a bit high right now.

2021-04-30T13:25:48Z
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Top 5Real User

As I understand, Cisco's prices are very high and other vendors might have a lower price. Therefore, we're considering Aruba or Huawei or maybe other vendors as well for both access switches and managed wireless solutions (as in lightweight access points with controllers and these kinds of networks).

2021-04-26T19:18:59Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price is higher, however, I would argue that with the price you are getting a lot of value for money. That said, compared to other switches, the Cisco switches are expensive. We pay a yearly licensing fee to Cisco.

2021-04-06T17:44:54Z
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Top 20Real User

We've found the solution to be quite expensive.

2021-04-05T10:12:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There is an annual license fee.

2021-02-25T11:09:52Z
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Top 20Real User

The price can definitely be lower. I think the quality is much higher than the other LANs, but the price must be lower on this.

2021-02-19T17:43:13Z
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Top 5Real User

This is an expensive product. There are different versions of these switches, where some of them have licenses and some do not. The subscription is often renewed every three years.

2021-02-15T17:20:13Z
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Top 20Real User

The price is in an affordable range and everything is included.

2021-02-09T18:36:02Z
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Top 5Real User

It's overpriced and should be cheaper.

2021-02-08T10:10:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing for Cisco is expensive. However, they offer very good support services.

2021-02-03T11:24:36Z
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Top 10Real User

The pricing of the product is quite high. It's not the cheapest option on the market.

2021-02-03T10:58:39Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing of these devices can be better.

2021-02-01T13:00:59Z
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Top 5Real User

The price is too high for this market. Catalyst switches are more expensive than the competing options.

2021-01-28T09:09:55Z
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Top 5Real User

The solution is a bit expensive.

2021-01-23T11:40:09Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is expensive.

2021-01-11T14:24:24Z
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Top 5Real User

These switches are expensive.

2020-12-11T12:44:39Z
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Top 5Reseller

The pricing of Cisco products is quite expensive. Huawei, for example, costs much less. There aren't extra costs for additional features. All features are standard.

2020-12-07T14:47:31Z
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Top 20Real User

licensing model is changing from perpetual licenses to subscription based licensing. Subscription based licensing model is cheaper but reoccur every year or 3, 5 or 7 years.

2020-11-18T20:56:33Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance.

2020-11-12T17:53:30Z
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Top 10Real User

Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available.

2020-11-11T06:26:00Z
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Top 5Reseller

Cisco products are not that cheap.

2020-11-08T19:23:51Z
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Top 10Real User

I am not exactly sure of the final cost of the upgrade as we are still just finalizing in terms. The teams have to finalize the pricing and their exact needs. They have not placed the entire order yet. We should have the whole thing completed in one or two months. One thing I am sure of is that the pricing is a little higher for the new product on average. It is also a little bit higher than its competition. That includes any competition with Cisco in this category of solutions, like Juniper, Dell, or anyone else. But the thing is if the customer wants the kind of reliability, support, and transparency that a solution provides, then they need to pay a premium for it.

2020-07-27T07:17:41Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000.

2020-07-16T06:21:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We're not paying maintenance - these switches were end of life years ago. Maintenance is separate from licensing. Now there is no additional monthly recurring cost on the Cisco switches that we are running.

2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
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Top 20Real User

They install licenses for 24 ports and then an additional 24 ports. The client is able to use the 48 ports or just 24 port if they want. The cost of a license before COVID and before the lockdown was approximately three lakh 70,000 in Indian Rupees. After this COVID situation, the cost has gone down to two lakh 46,000 rupees. The additional cost depends on where the device is being installed. If it's shared then we have to pay the rent for that cabinet where the device is being installed. The device has only the chassis cost and the licensing cost. In two or three years, we renew the support contract and that is an additional charge.

2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Catalyst licensing varies from a thousand of dollars to 20+ thousands dollars , however, that might depend on the model or version you choose. There are some switches where the licenses are features-based and you need to get a specific license for specific items if you want to use them.

2020-06-15T07:34:05Z
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Top 10Real User

Cisco is easily one of the most expensive on the market, but users are buying quality and reliability.

2020-06-15T07:33:54Z
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Top 20Real User

The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support.

2020-04-16T08:44:38Z
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Top 10Real User

Try to buy everything you need in bulk purchases and ask Cisco for volume discounts.

2019-10-28T13:50:00Z
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Real User

It's very pricey. Compared to competitors, it's a lot more expensive. They should consider lowering the price for smaller organizations so that it's easier for them to afford.

2019-03-06T07:41:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing and licensing are fine. To be honest we have found that this tool is able to meet all of our expectations at this time. This solution is agile and meets our expectations.

2019-02-12T10:09:00Z
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Consultant

The price is on the higher side. Licensing is also complicated. Simply, there are multiple licenses required.

2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
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Vendor

I would rate the features-to-pricing ratio at six out of 10. My advice about licensing is that you should have a perpetual license, not one that is subscription-based.

2018-08-29T09:31:00Z
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Real User

Catalyst is very expensive.

2018-08-28T08:04:00Z
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Reseller

Pricing is an issue I have been facing, in comparison with HPE or Juniper. The Nexus series is out of the question right now. Scalability is more an issue on the pricing side and less on the technology side.

2018-08-23T08:15:00Z
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Consultant

Generally, Cisco Catalyst would be relatively expensive compared to the competition, it would be on the expensive side. But I am not involved in the commercial part.

2018-08-19T07:14:00Z
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Real User

If you consider Cisco's price with the Dell, you will definitely lose with Cisco. But Cisco has a major area of equipment in general. Cisco has routers, firewalls, NAC, certain video conferencing, Apple phones, and different security solutions. But Dell doesn't have such areas, Dell only has switching architecture. On that basis, Cisco is still better, because whenever someone is actually moving towards Cisco products, they have to consider that they have certain other areas that they can invest in with Cisco. But if you consider the pricing of a Cisco switch against a Dell, Dell is definitely the winner.

2018-08-19T07:14:00Z
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Real User

Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.

2018-08-09T06:47:00Z
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Real User

The pricing could be better.

2018-08-07T13:21:00Z
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Real User

Cisco's prices are not cheap, but the stability is worth it.

2018-08-02T11:48:00Z
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User

It has a very high cost, but understandably, due to its very good quality. This is the reason why some customers opt to buy cheaper brands with same/similar features.

2018-06-08T00:56:00Z
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