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Cisco FabricPath is #6 ranked solution in top LAN Switching tools. IT Central Station users give Cisco FabricPath an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco FabricPath is most commonly compared to Juniper QFabric:Cisco FabricPath vs Juniper QFabric. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 36% of all views.
What is Cisco FabricPath?
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.

Cisco FabricPath is also known as FabricPath.

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LohitYadav
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Has the ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions, good stability and good documentation

Pros and Cons

  • "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 pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell to clients."

What is our primary use case?

If clients want to avoid STP in their environment, which is usually the case with data center environments, and they want to use an active path, or have multiple paths going to the same resource. If they want to use them both, they use FabricPath. The solution is only supported on Nexus platforms, however. Users should aware of what they're using in the data center.

What is most valuable?

The ability to link simultaneously without user restrictions is the solution's most valuable aspect.

The solution offers very good documentation.

What needs improvement?

I personally haven't found anything that is lacking. However, it depends on the use case of the company. It's a good technology. It's only a small part of the complete DC architecture.

The pricing could be adjusted to make it easier to sell to clients.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with the solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution offers quite good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, we have not deployed it to huge data centers yet. We've only done small to medium-sized data centers and for this level of organization, scaling is fine. I can't speak to large deployments.

How are customer service and technical support?

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.

How was the initial setup?

The concept of the solution is easy to understand and Cisco does provide a lot of documentation to assist users. When it comes to deployment, our engineers have not run into any issues. I would describe the process as straightforward. It can be complex depending on the scenario.

Deployment typically takes two days if the prerequisites and everything else required is in place.

If the devices have been mounted, configuration takes no more than four to five hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing could be lower, which would make it easier to sell to clients. Cisco has an entire product line and a setup team, which looks at the marketing and how to position the product, and I believe they do take this into consideration when launching and pricing their products. That said, it would be helpful if the product was more competitive in the pricing category.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've used other solutions with OEMs. We've used, for example, Juniper and TRILL. Which we ultimately use boils down to the implementation and the OEM.

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller as well as a partner. We primarily deal with Cisco products at my organization. I have some knowledge of Aruba as well. FabricPath is Cisco's version of TRILL, an open-source version.

I work for a value-added reseller and we're also a system integrator. I work as a technical consultant and I'm more versed in the solution's details, rather than the implementation side of things.

Most of our customers range from SMBs to government sector organizations.

I'd advise others to do their due diligence and read up on the solution first. Everyone should go through the documentation and the tool before committing to the product. The implementation isn't too hard. It's more important to understand the underlying concepts and to design around that.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten overall. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
Waleed Aboda
Senior Network Engineer at UPS
Real User
Top 5
Package solution, with everything in one device but it should offer better reporting

Pros and Cons

  • "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 solution should offer better reporting."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for a firewall and to control viruses. It has many uses in our organization and we can manage it all through the cloud.

What is most valuable?

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 solution also offers services for wireless, internet, firewalls, etc. Everything is in one device, which is very helpful. It's a great package solution.

The solution is very simple and offers very high levels of security for organizations.

What needs improvement?

The solution is quite expensive. They should work on lowering the cost to make it more affordable for users.

Cisco should add a few more security features to make it more robust.

The solution should offer better reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for six months now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. We haven't had any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have about 120 people in our organization using the solution. They are mostly architects and engineers.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't been in touch with Cisco for this particular solution, although we were in touch with a different solution. We found their assistance to be quite good and we're very satisfied with their level of support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Cisco's Firepower. It was much more complicated, in terms of setup, and we find Fabricpath to be much easier.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is a bit complex to set up initially. It shouldn't be a problem for most IT teams to handle, however. It's much simpler than a solution like Cisco's Firepower, which we found to be quite complicated.

What about the implementation team?

We didn't have vendors or integrators help us implement the solution. We did some internet research instead and watched Youtube videos. These helped us get through the process. They were quite effective.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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MarioCeribelli
Senior Network Specialist & Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
A scalable solution for our complex infrastructure with no stability issues

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers."
  • "I would like to see better interoperability with other IT solutions."

What is our primary use case?

We are a technical services company and this is one of the solutions that we use to support our clients. We provide a hybrid cloud for our customers, so we have four data centers and we have implemented Cisco FabricPath ourselves. We provide managed services for infrastructure, storage, Wi-Fi, etc.

FabricPath is used in the network infrastructure of our hybrid cloud.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better interoperability with other IT solutions.

More support staff are required to support Cisco solutions in Italy.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. We have approximately six hundred users who utilize the servers that are part of FabricPath in our company.

We have perhaps one hundred VMware servers, another hundred Hyper-V servers, and two hundred storage devices connected to FabricPath in our data centers.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not very happy with the technical support in Italy because they do not have enough people supporting this channel. There are only three of them. Vendors of other products are better represented in the area.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Five or six years ago we had a solution with Blade server. This used to be shared with the customer. We kept the structure and expanded our data center using FabricPath.

How was the initial setup?

We have a complex network design, so our initial setup of FabricPath was complex.

It took approximately one year, starting with our first data center, to deploy this solution. We also enlarged our infrastructure about two years ago.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this solution using our own in-house team. We have approximately one hundred Cisco certified technicians.

What other advice do I have?

Since 2019, I have been part of the pre-sales team. I have been certified by Cisco for twenty years. I am a CCNP Network Specialist for Routing and Switching, for Security, and I have certification for CCDP Design. I also have other minor certifications including Aruba ACSP.

FabricPath is a very good technology, but we can always do better.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
JK
CEO at a integrator with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up, stable, and works well to provide switching redundancy

Pros and Cons

  • "Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend."
  • "The management features are in need of improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Cisco FabricPath is one of the networking infrastructure products that we implement for our customers.

This product is well suited to the needs of telecom. We are currently working on a project involving multiple data centers that are spread across India. It is used by ISPs for switching servers to their internal connectivity at the branch level. Essentially, it is working as a layer of redundancy in terms of switching.

What is most valuable?

All of the features are really good.

What needs improvement?

The management features are in need of improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco FabricPath for 26 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, we have not experienced any problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues with scalability.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with a similar product from Aruba. I find it to be really good, but Aruba is lacking a little bit on the marketing side. From a functionality standpoint, both are more or less the same. Feature-wise, nothing is superior for Aruba or Cisco.

There is a specific market share for each of these vendors and I don't think that either one is able to take it over completely. If a customer prefers Cisco then it's more of a personal choice. On the other hand, if they're passionate about HP then they'll take a serious look at Aruba.

If you look at the Wi-Fi solutions being used on campuses then Aruba is gaining an advantage because it is easier to manage. Another good thing about Aruba is that they have a lifetime warranty.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and we don't have any issues with it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing for this product is good.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is the market leader in this space and it is a product that I recommend.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
AD
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Reliable solution that works in enterprise environments

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment."
  • "Improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for extremely large enterprise customers that have extensive data centers. 

What is most valuable?

The advantage of FabricPath is that it's a reliable product and you know that it will work in the enterprise environment.

What needs improvement?

It's possible that some improvements could be made on specific technical issues such as implementation. The user interface could be improved and perhaps the command line as well. It's nothing too serious.  

Deployment is on the Cisco site or on the customer's site so it's quite difficult to talk about additional features - each situation is different. Because it's an enterprise environment you can't go in there like an elephant in a glass house, you have to be very careful. It's quite reliable and you know it works in an enterprise environment. There is also quite good support from Cisco in order to resolve some of the issues.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for a few years. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The quality of technical support is generally very good but it really depends on the situation. Sometimes you get an engineer who is really experienced and will respond quickly, and sometimes it can take a while. Cisco is a big company so if you are not satisfied with the first engineer, you can request another. There are plenty of options but you have to be persistent.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is not that easy, it needs to be carefully planned. 


What about the implementation team?

We do the implementation for our customers. The time it takes varies depending on the company. It could take a month if you want to change the environment, you have to plan everything in advance for production and take it all into consideration. Most of our companies would have between 450 - 500 users. 

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest to anyone interested in implementing this solution to carefully analyze their situation and then prepare the configuration accordingly. 

I would rate this product an eight out of 10. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
CK
Network System Engineer at VSIS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A stable networking solution with good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical assistance is good."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a leading solution integrator and Cisco FabriPath is one of the products that we implement for our customers.

    This solution makes up part of an enterprise LAN. 

    What is most valuable?

    The technical assistance is good.

    What needs improvement?

    The exact role that this solution plays, as compared to other products by Cisco, is unclear to our customers. It is sometimes difficult to highlight exactly what individual products are used for and it is something that should be simplified.

    This product doesn't have its own LAN monitoring tool.

    There would be more support for this solution if there were options available for those with a smaller budget.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been working with Cisco for at least ten years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Cisco FabriPath is a stable solution. Apart from a few cases, we have had no issues with reliability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have not had any issues with scalability.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We are satisfied with the technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We primarily use Cisco, but apart from that, we also use networking solutions from Aruba.

    If a customer has a critical demand for a product from another vendor such as Juniper or HPE then we can provide it. However, normally we use either Cisco or Aruba.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    We are satisfied with the pricing.

    What other advice do I have?

    Most of our customers are satisfied with the solutions from Cisco. That said, nothing is ever completed because everybody has their own difficulties and challenges.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
    Kaushlendra Singh
    Manager - IT Infrastructure and Network at Yamaha
    Real User
    Top 10
    Performance and reliability with the best support in the business

    What is our primary use case?

    We have around 3000 users. We've got to give them support about 300 points.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability. Also, Cisco Support is better than other technical support.

    What needs improvement?

    We are using it to implement security sites. Currently, we are using Fortinet as a UTM, you can say an initial firewall. So we are repeating some issues in Fortinet. So we are looking at other products. If we get a better price then we can think about switching.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have used Cisco FabricPath for ten years.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Cisco support is better than other technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial…

    What is our primary use case?

    We have around 3000 users. We've got to give them support about 300 points.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The best features of Cisco FabricPath is performance and reliability. Also, Cisco Support is better than other technical support.

    What needs improvement?

    We are using it to implement security sites. Currently, we are using Fortinet as a UTM, you can say an initial firewall. So we are repeating some issues in Fortinet. So we are looking at other products. If we get a better price then we can think about switching.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have used Cisco FabricPath for ten years.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Cisco support is better than other technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial setup with Cisco is easy.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have a team for the implementation. We have a full-time member team. We do all that with it.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would definately recommend Cisco FabricPath. I would rate it at an eight on a scale of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    ML
    IT Specialist at Itel Telecomunicazioni srl
    Real User
    Top 20
    Has good security, web control, and traffic control

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are the: Security Web control Traffic control. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would like one management console to control the network. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Cisco FabricPath for one year. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It works well without any stops. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We have around 100 to 200 users. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support is fundamental. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I haven't used a different solution previous to FabricPath. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would…

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are the:

    • Security
    • Web control
    • Traffic control. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would like one management console to control the network. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Cisco FabricPath for one year. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It works well without any stops. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We have around 100 to 200 users. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support is fundamental. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I haven't used a different solution previous to FabricPath. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate it an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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