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Pros
"I like the flexibility of this product.""I find their system throughput and Cisco support very useful.""This technology is a completely mature technology and I don't think anything needs to be changed.""The most valuable features are performance, speed, and durability.""These switches are stable.""Catalyst switches are highly stable and easy to use. It's a technology well known by most engineers.""A very expandable solution.""The most valuable feature is load balancing."

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"Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication."

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Cons
"The solution could be easy to use, you need a certificate to use it.""I can't use older Cisco devices with newer versions of the controller or switches. For example, if a switch was manufactured in 2014, I can't use it with a controller made in 2019. I have to change the switch so that I can upgrade my network or my devices. I don't have the option to update the version I have on the image of the AP or the controller.""Cisco should support all of the features that are included with the suite.""I think one switch should go beyond the 10 gig connectivity to 40 gigs.""The general price of the solution could be cheaper.""The price could be improved.""The solution could improve by allowing administrators to create scripts to help automate processes to make tasks easier.""The licensing process should be back to how it was before. Now, you have to register online, and it makes staging a bit trickier."

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"Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version."

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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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  • "It was around $1500 a year. It is cheaper than Cisco but more expensive than Ruckus."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
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    The solution is easy to implement and quick to deploy.
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    The licensing costs vary. If you buy a lot, the costs are lower, however, if you only need a few, the costs are very, very high. You can also pay for additional support that guarantees four-hour or… more »
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    Its simplicity and web interface were most valuable. I also liked the two-factor authentication.
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    Its scalability can be better. If possible, it can have Hyper POE. I am not sure if there is a fiber version.
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    Read the documentation of the current model and always create a backup because anything can happen. I was working in a rural area, and the weather kept interfering with signal strengths and bandwidth… more »
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    2nd
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    8.6
    23rd
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
    VDX, Brocade VDX
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    Overview
    Web-based CRM that manages events, sales, marketing campaigns & contacts, offers customer history, case management, email integration.
    Brocade VDX Switches support Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabrics with open standards and extensive scalability to deliver high performance, capacity, and reliability for data center spine and leaf deployments. It includes the following products: Brocade VDX 6740 SWITCHES, Brocade VDX 6940 SWITCH and Brocade VDX 8770 SWITCH.
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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
    Niagra Falls Bridge Commission, Medien System Partner, CDE Lightband, MaximumASP
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    University12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 99 reviews while Extreme VDX is ranked 23rd in Ethernet Switches with 1 review. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.4, while Extreme VDX is rated 8.0. 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 Extreme VDX writes "A simple and stable solution with a web interface and two-factor authentication". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with HPE ProCurve, Arista Networks Platform, Cisco Nexus, Dell PowerConnect Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch LAN Switches, whereas Extreme VDX is most compared with Cisco Nexus, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, ExtremeSwitching, Dell PowerConnect Switches and VMware NSX.

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