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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"It is easy to install.""The most valuable feature of this solution is communication.""We find the product very easy to use.""The solution is very stable.""The solution is extremely flexible.""Catalyst switches are highly stable and easy to use. It's a technology well known by most engineers.""Cisco Catalyst Switches are easy to use, simple to configure, and straightforward to upgrade. Additionally, CDN has been very helpful for separation.""Configuring the solution is very easy. It's quite a straightforward process, and it's not difficult at all."

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"When it comes to data centers, Cisco Nexus is the best.""Its easy management is most valuable. It is easy to use, easy to manage, stable, and very reliable.""The solution is stable.""We have found that logical tenant segregation to be the most useful feature.""Technical support has been very, very helpful and they offer good SLAs.""Tech support is good.""I like the fact that they are a well-supported product.""The initial setup is easy."

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"Reporting could be improved as well as integration possibilities with other platforms.""This product could be improved with cheaper pricing.""The only improvement I would like to see with Cisco Catalyst Switches is the pricing.""The solution offers a bit of complexity and you need a specialized workforce.""Catalyst Switches could be more secure.""Scaling can be quite costly.""It can have more security features to secure the access layer.""When you compare it with HPE and Aruba, it should be fancier."

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"Nexus switches should be able to support network function virtualization (NFV).""The initial setup wasn't simple or user-friendly.""The licensing is very complicated. They should work to simplify it.""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.""The implementation process could be easier, which is something that should be improved.""It would be nice if the solution offered multiple types of port support.""It would be ideal if there was better integration with various other platforms.""The solution is more expensive than other options on the market."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Cisco equipment is very expensive and you have to pay extra for support."
  • "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."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis. We usually spend up to $20,000."
  • "The solution is probably the most expensive, but users who want the best need to pay the premium."
  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "These switches are expensive."
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  • "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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    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
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    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    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.
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    Sample Customers
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
    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
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 99 reviews while Cisco Nexus is ranked 3rd in LAN Switching with 21 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.4, while Cisco Nexus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "This gives us control of our throughput traffic but it comes with mandatory options that increase cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Nexus writes "Performs well, good port flexibility, and scales out easily". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Arista Networks Platform, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Aruba Instant On Switches and NETGEAR Switches, whereas Cisco Nexus is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, Juniper QFabric, Dell PowerConnect Switches, VMware NSX and Extreme VDX. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. Cisco Nexus report.

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