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Pros
"There's a zone for each server and services in the storage.""It has good integration with HPE Primera. They have smart zoning in which the administration is very easy. You don't have to do anything. Zoning and other things are done automatically if you just enable the smart zoning. That's one very good thing in HP.""I have not had any issues with our Brocade switches."

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"Cisco Ethernet Switches are great devices.""We only deal with Cisco products, they are very good.""This product is widely available and the warranty is very good.""I like that it's easy to use.""We have found it to be scalable. We have approximately three million subscribers.""It is easy to configure and troubleshoot.""You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment.""This solution is overall a high-grade solution compared to others."

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Cons
"No graphical interface.""These switches are no longer supported.""It should be simpler. There are still some things that can be simpler in the Brocade switches."

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"There could be an improvement in the licensing by reducing the price of the different types, such as essential, advantage, and premium.""Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI.""I think the price should be cheaper to be able to afford more.""The installation is difficult and requires further training documentations.""Cisco can improve its stability for the BGP protocol. It is not stable while recalculating the BGP table. Its price should also be improved. It is very expensive.""The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this.""Technical support could be better. Firmware upgrades should be better. We have an issue with upgrading the firmware. It's not upgradable. I think it should be easy to improve and upgrade the firmware.""Cisco needs to include new features to attract new customers."

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  • "The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."
  • "These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment."
  • "We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."
  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
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    I have not had any issues with our Brocade switches.
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    We use Brocade switches for our LAN and for our SAN.
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    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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    Overview
    From the world's first Ethernet fabric technology, to an open controller that eliminates vendor lock-in, to a switch stack that you can distribute throughout your campus, Brocade Ethernet Switches give you choices. Whether that means functionality, vendors, or even locations beyond the wiring closet, every option is secure, economical, and easily manageable.
    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government14%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm9%
    University9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Computer Software Company16%
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    Large Enterprise35%
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    Brocade Ethernet Switches is ranked 20th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews. Brocade Ethernet Switches is rated 7.6, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Brocade Ethernet Switches writes "Secure access to storage data; lacks a graphical interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". Brocade Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Arista Networks Platform, Mellanox Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches. See our Brocade Ethernet Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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